But he might not be able to call upon lynchpin Yamaguchi, who scored the last-gasp winner against Iraq when Japan scraped out all three points with a 2-1 home win in October.
Japan stumbled in its bid to qualify for the World Cup after being held to a 1-1 draw by Iraq on Tuesday. Japan s Genki Haraguchi of Japan, left, shoots past Iraqi defenders during their World Cup qualifying game Tuesday Tehran.
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