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Another chapter in Japan-South Korea rivalry

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DOHA, Qatar — With Japan facing traditional rival South Korea in the Asian Cup semifinals, coach Alberto Zaccheroni is trying to demotivate his players.

The experienced Italian coach believes too much motivation might increase the negative tension among Japan players, who are seeking to win a record fourth Asian Cup title.

Zaccheroni expects a tight match between very similar teams that will be decided by small details.

South Korea is also tying to play down the loaded history of the two sides that have five Asian titles and 12 semifinal appearances between them.