Japan came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with the Netherlands in Belgium.
An inspirational Keisuke Honda steered Japan from two goals down to a credible 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in a friendly international in Genk, Belgium, on
Italy booked their semi-final place as they snatched a barely-deserved victory from a pulsating game in Recife to dump Japan out of the Confederations Cup.
Italy secured a place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup following a thrilling 4-3 win over Japan in Recife.
Strikers Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki will be at the sharp end on Tuesday when Japan look to clinch their place at the 2014 World Cup.
Asia's 10 World Cup hopefuls enter into a decisive period of 12 matches in 15 days.
Japan's preparations for next week's World Cup qualifier against Australia suffered a blow with a 2-0 home loss to Bulgaria.
Freiburg kept their European hopes alive by beating relegation-threatened Augsburg 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Shinji Kagawa was recalled to the Japan squad for Wednesday's home friendly against Latvia after returning to fitness.
Wolfsburg's new sports director Klaus Allofs enjoyed a successful debut as the 2009 Bundesliga champions won 3-1 at Hoffenheim.
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa has been left out of Japan's World Cup qualifier away to Oman next week as he recovers from a knee injury.
Brazil gave one of their most impressive performances under coach Mano Menezes to sweep aside Japan 4-0 in Tuesday's friendly.
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