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Javier Aguirre to continue as Japan manager despite Asian Cup exit

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre insists he is proud of his team's performance despite seeing their AFC Asian Cup defence come to an end at the hands of the United Arab Emirates.

The head of the Japan Football Association says JavierAguirre will continue as coach of the national team despite elimination from the Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage and ongoing investigations into his alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Four-time champions Japan were eliminated by the United Arab Emirates from the Asian Cup on Friday, losing in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.

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In the buildup to the tournament, Aguirre -- a former coach in La Liga -- become embroiled in a match-fixing...

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Japan coach Aguirre: Poor finishing caused Asian Cup QF defeat to UAE

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre insists he is proud of his team's performance despite seeing their AFC Asian Cup defence come to an end at the hands of the United Arab Emirates.

Japan coach Javier Aguirre said his team were knocked out of the Asian Cup by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Friday's quarterfinal in Sydney because they did not score more than one goal in regular time despite dominating possession.

Japan's European club superstars -- Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and AC Milan winger Keisuke Honda -- missed in the shootout as the UAE won 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 following 90 minutes of regular time and 30 minutes of extra time.

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UAE's Asian Cup quarterfinal upset of Japan one for the ages

Penalty heartbreak for Japan after the United Arab Emirates' Ismail Ahmed sealed one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history.

You never want to see the defending champions exit a tournament quietly, and for Japan, the side that has won four of the last six Asian Cups, this was a departure fitting their stature.

Were it not for the incredible Iran/Iraq quarterfinal that finished just seconds before this game, this remarkable clash in Sydney would have easily ranked as the tournament's most dramatic match.

How Japan, almost unbackable favourites, contrived to not win this encounter is the stuff of legend.

How Japan contrived to not win their Asian Cup quarterfinal against the UAE in Canberra is the stuff of legend.

Mustering just...

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3 days ago

Aguirre: We were the better team

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre insists he is proud of his team's performance despite seeing their AFC Asian Cup defence come to an end at the hands of the United Arab Emirates.

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3 days ago

Mahdi Ali: We knew we could do it

UAE head coach Mahdi Ali and Javier Aguirre, head coach of Japan, address the press after the UAE stunned Japan on penalties, and knocked the reigning champions out of the Asian Cup, in Sydney after a thrilling 1-1 draw.

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