Japan coach’s future unclear after Cup flop


SYDNEY: Japan’s shock Asian Cup quarterfinals exit has left their big-money players dumbfounded and plunged the future of Mexican coach Javier Aguirre into doubt. The holders crashed out on penalties against the United Arab Emirates after superstars Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa missed from the spot in Friday’s nail-biter in Sydney as Aguirre paid the price for not rotating his squad in the group stages. Kagawa, who has gone horribly off the boil for Japan since losing his place at Manchester United last season and returning to Borussia Dortmund, was inconsolable after slamming his kick against the post, allowing the UAE to win the shootout 5-4.


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