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Never-say-die attitude won the game, says Kewell

Written by: Staff

KAISERSLAUTERN, June 12 (Reuters) Australia forward Harry Kewell said the team's determined approach earned them their first win at a World Cup finals as they came from behind to beat Japan 3-1 in a pulsating finish today.

''We've got a never-say-die attitude and we've got a strong squad,'' said forward Kewell. ''We gave away a goal that was maybe dubious but Tim (Cahill) got two great goals and John (Aloisi) capped off a wonderful performance by us.

Australia went behind to a controversial first-half goal by Shunsuke Nakamura whose cross floated over Mark Schwarzer into the net although the keeper appeared to have been impeded.

However, substitute Cahill scored twice and John Aloisi added a third to give Australia the points in a dramatic turnaround in Group F, which also contains Brazil and Croatia.

''They (Japan) dug in deep and they made it difficult but we kept on going and we knew we would take it,'' added Kewell. ''It was a bit of brilliance from Tim that got us in front.'' Reuters PDS GC2109

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