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23 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Japan and Qatar not just making up numbers

Messi’s Argentina must win to join knockout phase
AFP, Rio De Janeiro

Japan and Qatar's participation in the Copa America may have raised eyebrows in some quarters but the two Asian nations have already proved they didn't turn up in Brazil just to make up the numbers. Qatar began their Group B campaign by fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Paraguay before a late Duvan Zapata goal denied them a point against Colombia in their next match.

And while a youthful and inexperienced Japan side was taught a harsh lesson in clinical finishing by Chile in a 4-0 defeat, they were then on the wrong end of two controversial VAR decisions in their 2-2 draw with Uruguay. Both sides may only have one point from two group games so far but they know that victory in their final pool encounters will likely see them into the knock-out rounds.

“We want to be protagonists on the pitch, our players have the quality to do that,” said Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez. “We're a team that never gives up,” he added about the Asian champions. On Sunday, Qatar face a disjointed and underwhelming Argentina for whom Lionel Messi has been unable to spark into life. And he knows that a victory over Qatar, which Argentina almost certainly need to avoid being knocked out of the competition, is anything but a foregone conclusion.

“You don't win matches any more just by pulling on the jersey,” warned the Barcelona star, who turns 32 on Monday. Having paid for their wastefulness in front of goal and naivety at the back against Chile, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu rang the changes ahead of their clash with Uruguay.

“They showed a lot of courage to play the game,” Moriyasu said of his players, lauding their "defiant spirit" against a “top” team.

Having thrashed 10-man Ecuador 4-0 in their opener, Uruguay had to come from behind twice to snatch the draw with Japan. Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who equalized the first time from the controversially awarded penalty, insisted the 15-time Copa winners had not underestimated their Asian opponents.

“We knew the result against Chile the other day was unreliable,” he said.

Japan came to the tournament with a squad made up mostly of under-23 players likely to be available next year for the Tokyo Olympics.

When Moriyasu announced his 23-man squad last month, 17 of the players were uncapped.

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