| HANOI, July 10
HANOI, July 10 Japan coach Ivica Osim branded
his players "amateurs" and reduced his interpreter to tears
after their shock 1-1 draw in their Asian Cup opener.
The defending champions were stunned by a late equaliser in
Monday's Group B clash with Qatar, triggering a furious tirade
from the Bosnian.
"Osim was in a rage," midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura told
reporters. "He said he was a professional and prepared to put
his life on the line and that we should do the same.
"He called us amateurs. His interpreter was in tears and
couldn't translate most of it."
Japan had gone ahead through striker Naohiro Takahara's
61st-minute goal but Sebastian Quintana snatched an equaliser
for Qatar with a deflected free kick two minutes from time in
Yuki Abe's clumsy challenge that led to the free kick
provoked a look of disbelief from Osim on the bench and his
face was still red with fury after the match.
"It was hot and it was humid but we still should have
finished the job," said the 66-year-old. "We won't know how
much damage this draw has done until the end of the group
Goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi blasted Japan's lack of
composure in the final few minutes.
"That's the scary thing about international football," he
said. "We knew they had one or two dangerous players and yet we
give away a stupid foul like that.
"We have to stop panicking in situations like that."
Japan, who are bidding to win a third straight Asian Cup
title, play United Arab Emirates in their next game on Friday.
Co-hosts Vietnam lead Group B after beating the Emirates
2-0 at the weekend.
This year's tournament is being staged jointly by Vietnam,
Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The final is in Jakarta on