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Maya Yoshida saves the day for Japan at Asian Cup

A 92nd minute goal by Maya Yoshida saved three-time champions Japan from a shock defeat at the hands of underdogs Jordan as the two sides drew 1-1 in their opening Asian Cup match Sunday.Hasan Abdel Fattahs shot on the stroke of half-time ricochetted off VVV Venlo defender Yoshida into the net to give Jordan the lead before the Japanese star headed home the equaliser as the clock ticked into stoppage time.It was a narrow escape for one of the pre-tournament favourites, who are eager to lift a record fourth continental title after losing to Saudi Arabia in the 2007 semi-finals."I am not satisfied with the result, especially in the first half," said Alberto Zaccheroni, who replaced Takeshi Okada as Japan coach after the Blue Samurai reached the World Cup last-16 in South Africa in June."We must accelerate the speed of our play. We failed to finish on chances," added the 57-year-old Italian."I expect other Asian teams will fight like Jordan. We must readjust ourselves with that in mind."Jordan coach Adnan Hamad said: "Our players played with confidence and a victory was possible. The result was not bad but sad."At the last minute, Japan managed to take points from us," added the Iraqi, who turned Jordans fortunes in the middle of qualifying and guided them to their second ever Asian Cup finals.

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