Al Wakrah: Forward Ritsu Doan said Japan's historic FIFA World Cup wins over Germany and Spain counted for nothing after the Blue Samurai were eliminated by Croatia in the last 16 on Monday.
Japan missed out on a first-ever place in the quarter-finals after a 3-1 penalty shootout defeat to the Croatians, following a gruelling encounter that finished 1-1 after extra-time.
Japan beat both Germany and Spain in the goup stage in Qatar but Doan took no consolation from his team's achievements.
"I expected someone to say that if we lost, but to be honest it doesn't mean anything," he said. .....
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