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BRAZIL BEAT: Greek coach Santos big fan of Japanese _ restaurant, that is

Japan and Greece were set to play a critical Group C match on Thursday night, but the Greeks got a bellyful of Japanese before they even came to Brazil.

Greece coach Fernando Santos took his team to lunch at a Japanese restaurant in Athens, where they snacked on sushi and sashimi.

Santos says it is his favorite restaurant, but it was chosen by a team sponsor. He called the meal and the match against Japan a coincidence.

"Well, this is probably the restaurant that I go (most) often in Greece. I often go there with my family, my wife, my children. It's a great restaurant," Santos said.

"I invite you to come," Santos told the Japanese journalist who asked him about it. "The food is wonderful."

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