TOKYO - Japan captain Yuji Nakazawa has admitted that defeat to "pizza-eating" Australia in their final World Cup qualifier stung badly. The Yokohama defender missed Wednesday's 2-1 loss in Melbourne with a migraine but did not pull his punches after analysing a tape of the game upon returning to Japan. "We were beaten by pizza eaters," Nakazawa told Japan's Fuji newspaper. "They were on a different level to us." Both sides had already qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals before their last Group One fixture. Australia finished unbeaten and five points clear of Japan with 20 from eight games. Japan coach Takeshi Okada is scheduled to leave for South Africa on Saturday. Okada plans to arrange warm-up games against Spain, Brazil and Italy before the 2010 finals.
20 June 2009
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