Japan want to erase ‘agony of Doha’ despite facing Germany and Spain

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Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu wants to bury some ghosts of the past when he returns to Qatar for the World Cup but knows the team faces a big challenge to survive in a group featuring ex-champions Spain and Germany. Moriyasu played on the Japanese team that had to swallow a last-minute equalizer against Iraq in Doha in 1993 which made them miss a first-ever World Cup 1994 in the United States, with arch-rivals South Korea playing there instead. The match is known in Japan as “the agony of Doha” and the Kyodo news agency quoted Moriyasu as saying he wants to make this pain forgotten. “I want to r…

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