Soccer: Dethroned Asian champions Nadeshiko Japan get reality check

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A year and a half from the next Women's World Cup, Japan's national team captain Saki Kumagai said late Thursday that Nadeshiko Japan are nowhere close to being able to beat the best in the world. The comments came after two-time defending Women's Asian Cup champions Japan, ranked 13th in the world, were eliminated from this year's tournament by No. 19 China 4-3 on penalties after their semifinal finished 2-2 after extra time in Pune, India. "We're a good way off from winning on the world stage," Kumagai said. "It's important for every member of the team to understand that the people we need t...

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