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Tuesday, 15th June 2010
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Japan scores World Cup win

Japan has beaten Cameroon in its World Cup opener, despite failing to secure any wins in the run up to the tournament.

The team beat the African nation 1-0 at the game in Bloemfontein and after the match, head coach Takeshi Okada praised his squad's performance. The winning goal was scored by Keisuke Honda and came seven minutes before the half time whistle.

Japan's victory is the first World Cup game it has ever won on foreign soil.

Now, Okada is seeking more aggression from his team, who are due to face Holland next.

"In the next game we will be up against Holland so we will have to go one step further and this is the first win on foreign soil in the World Cup for our team, but this is not an achievement at all. What's coming next is the point," he said.

Japan is in group E for the qualifying stages, alongside Cameroon, Holland and Denmark. It will play Holland this Saturday (June 19th) before taking on Denmark the following Thursday.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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