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Japan 0-0 Croatia
Sunday, 18 June 2006




Japan supporters in Nuremberg

Japan fans in Nuremberg hope their team can keep alive their chances of reaching the knockout phase of the World Cup

Croatia fans

Croatia's supporters know their side cannot afford to lose having been beaten by Brazil in their opening match

Croatia striker Dado Prso is challenged by Yuji Nakazawa

Croatia striker Dado Prso wins the ball under pressure from Japan's Yuji Nakazawa in the opening minutes

Tsuneyasu Miyamoto gives away a penalty

Croatia are awarded a penalty after 20 minutes when Prso is fouled in the area by Tsuneyasu Miyamoto

Darijo Srna's penalty is saved by Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

But goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi dives to his left to brilliantly save Darijo Srna's spot-kick and keep the score level

Robert Kovac is booked

Defender Robert Kovac (left) is booked following a challenge on Atsushi Yanagisawa and will miss Croatia's final group game

Japan fans

The tension is almost unbearable as both sides try desperately to break the deadlock

The Japanese keep out Prso

Prso is crowded out by the Japanese defence as Croatia battle in vain to find a goal in the second half

Atsushi Yanagisawa

And at the other end, Atsushi Yanagisawa squanders a golden chance to score for Japan when he misses an open goal

Japan coach Zico

Japan coach Zico must now mastermind a shock win over his native Brazil if his team are to have any chance of progressing



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