Japan vs. Cyprus: 6 Things We Learned from Narrow Samurai Blue Win

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Japan vs. Cyprus: 6 Things We Learned from Narrow Samurai Blue Win
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Atsuto Uchida scored the only goal as Japan ran out 1-0 winners against Cyprus at the Saitama Stadium on Tuesday, as the Samurai Blue continued their preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Despite the one-goal swing, Japan were clearly the better team in their last pre-tournament match on home soil before jetting off for further warm-up matches.

They will be playing two more friendlies, against Costa Rica and Zambia, before starting their World Cup campaign in Group C alongside Cote d'Ivoire, Greece and Colombia.

Here are six things we learned from Japan's 1-0 win over Cyprus.

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