Honda not buoyed by Japan improvement in Brazil

Keisuke Honda remained despondent after Japan were beaten by Italy in the Confederations Cup.

Keisuke Honda remained despondent after Japan were beaten by Italy in the Confederations Cup.

The Blue Samurai lost 4-3 to the Italians in Recife, which essentially ends their time in the competition, but at least it was an improvement on their opening match which was a 3-0 loss to hosts Brazil.

However, CSKA Moscow star Honda did not see it that way: "It just feels so much worse after we played in many ways such a good game.

"No, it feels pretty negative to me. For us, the tournament is over.”

Japan will finish the tournament with a dead rubber fixture against Mexico in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.

 
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