Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic was facing a performance review on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Japan’s soccer chief was left fuming by the result in neutral Tehran, saying hot conditions were no excuse for the disappointing result.

“(The heat) is not an excuse. We could have potentially lost the match,” Japan FA chief Kozo Tashima told reporters, according to Kyodo News agency.

“We need to feel fortunate that we took a point from here.”

The Blue Samurai took an early lead but they lacked intensity in the second half, when the Iraqis equalised in the 73rd minute.

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