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Japan achieves third victory

Press conference after Sunday's match between Portugal and Japan

Guimaraes, Portugal, June 30, 2013 -  Japan won their second Pool C match of the weekend against Portugal and secured their third victory in the 2013 World League to date.

Flavio Gulinelli [POR coach]: “Congratulations to Japan, since they played much better that Saturday. Now, the defeat was mainly ours because we made several childish errors, played without focus and we had easy points in the attack that we were unable to carry out. I don’t want to put the blame of the defeat on Andre Lopes injury since we have other players that play in the same position”.

Alexandre Ferreira [POR player]: “We were quite weakened with Andre Lopes injury, mainly in the reception, but it wasn’t only because of that that we lost the match, we lacked confidence to the entire team in the decisive moments. On the other hand Japan is motivated when the things are working well and they are also very consistent in the side out, since they defend well. This situation and the fact that the service was also efficient gave their players the needed confidence to win the match”.

Kota Yamamura [JPN captain]: “We played much better than yesterday and we are very happy with this third victory”.

Gary Sato [JPN coach]: “I hope that the problem with Andre Lopes isn’t too serious. We were much better today and we were able to overcome the adversities that the Portuguese team tried to force on us”.

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