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World Cup 2014: Japan's forwards key to survival chances


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World Cup 2014: Japan's forwards key to survival chances

Japan may lack the muscle of Group C favourites Colombia but the Asian side managed by Alberto Zaccheroni will hope that an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation will help them through the group stages.

Japan have some top quality forwards including Shinji Okazaki of Bundesliga side Mainz, Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda.

Okazaki found the back of the net 15 times in 33 games for Mainz last season and he’s set to be a key player for Japan.

Their first game will be against the Ivory Coast on June 14 in Recife, followed by a clash against Greece on June 19 and Colombia five days later.

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