ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 09: Yuto Nagatomo of Japan battles for possession with Ruslan Mingazov of Turkmenistan during the AFC Asian Cup Group F match between Japan and Turkmenistan at Al Nahyan Stadium on January 09, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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According to the Japanese defender, his team had a very difficult match against Turkmenistan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Japan barely defeated Turkmenistan 3-2 in their Group F match in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

And for Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo, the team learned from that and will be ready for the next challenges.

“We struggled against Turkmenistan but it was very important for us players to know what the AFC Asian Cup is,” Nagatomo told Ghana Soccernet.

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“We will use the experience gained against Turkmenistan to good effect. We have had three days to prepare for our next match against Oman (on Sunday) and we are confident of a better showing.”

“We saw a recording of the match and we know that they are very good in counter attacks and have speedy players. Oman will be a difficult team to beat,” he added.

“Having said that, we are also a good team and we have the players who can get us a positive result. We will prepare accordingly for Oman.”

“It doesn’t make a difference whether we qualify after the second or third match as long as we qualify for the knockout stage,” he concluded.

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