FIFA World Cup: Japan still bruised after Elephant stampede

Japan's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ivory Coast in their opening FIFA World Cup match has forced critics to rip into the side's startegies and ability to compete in the international arena.

updated: June 17, 2014 14:21 IST
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Tokyo: Japan's defeat by Ivory Coast in their World Cup opener has sparked a flood of recriminations, with former captain Hidetoshi Nakata ripping into the Blue Samurai after their 2-1 weekend loss.

"They need to go away and think about what kind of football they're trying to play," Nakata said in his role as an analyst for Japan's NHK Television.

"I couldn't see at all what kind of football they were striving for." The rumblings of discontent among Japan's players were equally unmistakable as they prepared for their must-win Group C game against Greece on Thursday.

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