Italy coach Cesare Prandelli admits Japan ran them very close after their 4-3 Confederations Cup win last night.
The victory sees the Azzurri reach the semifinals.
â€śWe deserved it against Mexico, but struggled like crazy tonight. The humidity is something we have to deal with, as it really is difficult,â€ť said Prandelli.
He made a remarkable decision to substitute Alberto Aquilani after just 30 minutes, introducing Sebastian Giovinco.
â€śWe were 2-0 down and in the first 25 minutes didnâ€™t know what we were meant to be doing. We got it back on track and then tried to preserve the result because we had run out of gas!
â€śWe had no energy to do anything else at that stage. In those moments you are not clear-headed and struggling to do everything, so you have to be even more focused.â€ť