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Uruguay v Japan Live Commentary, 21/06/2019

FT
2 - 2
URU
JPN
L. Suárez (32 pen)
J. Giménez (66)
K. Miyoshi (25)
K. Miyoshi (59)
Arena do Grêmio

Commentary

Up next for Uruguay is a date with holders Chile, while Japan will look for the three points they need to qualify when they take on Ecuador. That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
Uruguay twice battle back from behind, but they have to settle for a point as Japan keep their Copa America hopes alive with a spirited display in Porto Alegre. Koji Miyoshi twice put Japan ahead, but Luis Suarez and Jose Gimenez helped salvage a draw for Oscar Tabarez's side in what is ultimately an appropriate result following a wonderfully entertaining affair at Gremio Arena.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: URUGUAY 2-2 JAPAN.
90' + 4' WAS THAT THE CHANCE?! Suarez does well to control a pass off his chest, knocking it away from his marker as he creates a lane for a shot, striking it on the turn, but dragging it just wide of the near post! That might do it!
90' + 2' Japan are looking the brighter of the two sides here in stoppage time, albeit only just, as they appear to have a bit more left in the tank. Itakura wins his side a free-kick inside the attacking half, but the Asian outfit will have to wait to take it as the midfielder requires treatment following an awkward landing in winning that free-kick.
90' The board goes up to indicate a minimum of five minutes of stoppage time.
89' Into the dying embers of this match and Uruguay seem to have run out of steam. They're looking a bit leggy high up the pitch, while Japan are digging deep here to try and find some openings on the break. There should be a healthy amount of time added on at the end of this match.
Y. Tatsuta
T. Iwata
Japan
87' Japan go to the bench for a final time as Tatsuta comes into defence, making his official debut as he takes the place of Iwata.
85' Wasted opportunity for Uruguay, who win a free-kick just over 20 yards from goal as Suarez is fouled by Shibasaki. It's in a prime shooting position for La Celeste, but Cavani smacks the ensuing free-kick straight into the wall.
T. Kubo
K. Miyoshi
Japan
83' Japan's second change of the night sees young phenom Kubo, who has been dubbed by many as the Japanese Messi, replace Miyoshi in attack for the closing stages.
82' Uruguay are unbeaten in neutral venues against Asian countries (W8 D3), winning the four of them that were in official competitions (3 in the World Cup, and one in the Confederations Cup).
80' OFF THE WOODWORK! Uruguay are denied by the frame of the goal for a second time tonight, as Suarez heads off the bar on the end of a lovely cross from Caceres! Kawashima was beaten cleanly there, relieved to see that one stay out! The build-up play was excellent there from La Celeste.
S. Nakajima
Yellow Card
Japan
78' Nakajima innocently commits himself to a challenge, just missing the ball as he catches Gimenez on the follow through. It's a yellow for the Japan midfielder, their second player to be booked on the night.
75' Into the final 15 minutes and it remains brilliantly poised in Porto Alegre. It's on a knife-edge at the moment, with Japan doing well to weather yet another storm, as they start to increase their own attacking threat once again.
F. Valverde
N. Lodeiro
Uruguay
73' A final change of the match for Uruguay sees Valverde, more of a central midfielder, replace Lodeiro, who has been operating on the wing. Perhaps this will see Uruguay switch to a 4-3-3.
71' Uruguay have conceded two goals in a match for the first time since a 4-3 friendly defeat to Japan in October 2018. They haven't won a match in which they conceded two goals since a 4-2 home win over Bolivia in October 2017, losing each of their four games of the sort since.
69' MAD SCRAMBLE! Japan survive a scare as Uruguay nearly take the lead for the first time tonight! De Arrascaeta's cross finds Cavani, who sees his shot blocked from close range, before the follow-up from Caceres just drifts wide of the near post!
A. Ueda
H. Abe
Japan
67' Japan make their first change of the night as striker Ayase Ueda, who started the match against Chile, replaces Abe.
N. Lodeiro
Assist
Uruguay
66' That was a lovely pick out from Lodeiro, who provided a much-needed moment of quality after Uruguay had squandered a number of set pieces thus far. He's credited with the assist.
J. Giménez
Goal
Uruguay
66' PARITY RESORED ONCE AGAIN! It's 2-2 in Porto Alegre as this back and forth affair continues! Gimenez beats his marker to get on the end of Lodeiro's corner, sending a glancing header off the far post and in to pull Uruguay level for a second time!
64' BOUNCED WIDE! A missed kick in defence by Tomiyasu allows De Arrascaeta into space down the right. He hangs a tidy cross in towards the far post where Godin and Caceres are both attacking it, but it ends in a tame header wide of the post. 
62' FINE SAVE! Uruguay turn up the heat after falling behind yet again, and it's Suarez who takes matters into his own hands, stinging the palms of Kawashima with a fierce hit from 20 yards. The end result is a corner, which Japan deal with, but the pressure stays on as Uruguay immediately win the ball back.
G. De Arrascaeta
N. Nández
Uruguay
60' Tabarez responds to his side falling behind by making their second change, as Flamengo's De Arrascaeta comes on to take the place of Nandez.
K. Miyoshi
Goal
Japan
59' JAPAN ARE BACK IN FRONT! Cue the shock! It's 2-1 and Miyoshi has his second, but this is something of a gift as he coolly dispatches a rebound after Muslera rather poorly pushed a cross in from the left straight into the striker's path!
58' Too cute! Excellent build-up play from Uruguay as they hem Japan back in their own end. They pass it around well on the edge of the area, but forgo a couple decent looks to shoot, and eventually the chance is gone.
56' Japan have never won in the Copa America; they lost two games and drew one in 1999 and lost the first game of this edition.
54' CHANCES AT BOTH ENDS! Miyoshi is picked out invitingly in a pocket of space inside the area, but he just hesitates for a second and that allows Godin to recover and get a block in! Uruguay break the other way immediately after, with Suarez brillianrly playing Cavani through on goal, but Kawashima bursts off his line to close down the angle and make a fantastic save!
52' Things have slowed following yet another frantic spell to start the half. It's been encouraging to see this second half start the way the first half ended, suggesting the pace of these final 45 minutes should match that of the opening.
50' Better from Uruguay, who respond with some tidy attacking play, but can't work Kawashima. Cavani misses the target with a strike stemming from a free-kick, before Suarez slices a strike wide of the far post moments later following another decent move.
48' Gimenez has had an excellent start to this second half, while the rest of his team-mates appear to have their heads in the changing room still. He slides in with a brilliant recovery to thwart a dangerous attack stemming from a Godin giveaway, and then puts in another strong challenge moments later to dispossess Miyoshi in a threatening area.
46' Uruguay get the second half underway! No changes to tell you about from either side at the interval.
Both sides will be pleased with how those 45 minutes unfolded, with neither coach likely feeling the need to make changes yet. It's been great viewing thus far, with every reason to believe that will continue after the interval as these two sides each appear hungry for all three points.
Parity reigns through 45 minutes in Porto Alegre, following what has been a fascinating watch in Group C. Koji Miyoshi opened the scoring for Japan, who were good value for their lead, but Luis Suarez restored parity just seven minutes later following a controversial decision by the referee to award Uruguay a penalty. Edinson Cavani since hit the crossbar for La Celeste, but it remains level following a very evenly contested half at Gremio Arena.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: URUGUAY 1-1 JAPAN.
45' + 3' Well this is something you rarely see. The three minutes of stoppage time are up, but the board goes up to indicate there will be another minute added onto the three minutes, as a result of Sugioka's injury. How often do you see the board go up twice?
45' + 1' Into stoppage time and there's another delay as Sugioka requires treatment. The 20-year-old left-back made his debut just a few days ago against Chile.
45' As a result of the VAR and injury delay, there will be a minimum of three minutes added on at the end of this first half.
44' Uruguay have won the last six Copa America games in which they kept a clean sheet; but have not won any of their eight games in which they’ve conceded a goal since 2011 (D4 L4).
42' The tempo has dropped off a bit, with Uruguay adopting a more patient approach now. It's all been rather frantic through the opening 40 minutes, and while that pace has been a joy to watch, tired legs are setting in a bit late in this half. The tempo had to drop off a bit eventually, but that's not to say it won't pick up again.
40' Uruguay are doing well to impose themselves here, and they've seen a lot more of the ball since falling behind. It's as if Japan's opener almost jolted them into another gear. There was some real controversy involved in their equaliser, but they have deserved their good fortune.
38' It's been an absolutely fascinating watch thus far, and it still looks like there might be a goal in this match with a little over five minutes before the interval. Cavani tries his luck again from outside the area, but this time his strike takes a big deflection as it loops over the bar and onto the roof of the net.
36' JAPAN SURVIVE! Absolutely stunning from Cavani, who wraps his left foot around a strike from just over 25 yards, unloading a belter over the head of the keeper, who is relieved to see it smack off the crossbar! That was a delicious hit from the striker, who seemed to think he had himself a goal there - and it's easy to see why.
34' Suarez has now had a hand in nine goals in his eight games for Uruguay in Copa America, scoring six goals and assisting three. He has two goals and one assist already in this tournament.
L. Suárez
Penalty Goal
Uruguay
32' PARITY RESTORED IN PORTO ALEGRE! Suarez makes no mistake from the penalty spot and just like that it's 1-1, as Japan's lead lasted less than 10 minutes!
N. Ueda
Yellow Card
Japan
31' PENALTY TO URUGUAY! Following a lengthy delay, the referee has awarded the penalty! This will generate a ton of controversy, that's for sure. But it's a glorious chance for Uruguay to get right back in this match nonetheless! Ueda is shown a yellow for the incident.
30' IS IT A PENALTY?! It certainly didn't look it, with the referee appearing justified in his initial decision to wave away claims, as Cavani went down in the area following a coming together with Ueda. It almost looked like the striker kicked Ueda, as both players went for a loose ball, not the other way around.
G. González
D. Laxalt
Uruguay
28' Gonzalez, the 24-year-old Penarol full-back, is on to take the place of the injured Laxalt. Torreira has come back on to the pitch for them, however, which is encouraging news for Tabarez.
27' It keeps getting worse for Uruguay! Now Torreira, who's starting tonight in place of the injured Vecino, has picked up a knock! He requires some treatment and walks off the pitch with the training staff by his side.
26' There's a delay as the training staff is forced to come out to attent to Laxalt, who picked up a knock in the build-up to that goal. It looks rather ominous for the full-back, whose night could be over.
G. Shibasaki
Assist
Japan
25' Shibasaki picked out a really smart pass to start that move, as he's credited with the assist.
K. Miyoshi
Goal
Japan
25' JAPAN TAKE A SURPRISE LEAD! It's 1-0 as the Asian outfit are in line to spring a shock on one of the tournament's favourites! Shibasaki springs his side forward, picking out Miyoshi on the right, and the forward bursts into the area, taking matters into his own hands as he ignores the options to his left and drives a tidy finish beyond Muslera at the near post!
23' Uruguay respond and win a couple of set-piece opportunities on their own as they earn successive corners, but are unable to make much of them as Japan impressively see aside the threat.
21' Naomichi Ueda latches onto the end of a free-kick, whipped in by Nakajima, but he can't get any power behind his header as he bounces a very tame effort into the arms of Muslera at the near post.
19' Uruguay had 427 successful passes (83.1 per cent) in their 4-0 win against Ecuador on Sunday; it is their most in a game in the competition since 2011 (14 matches).
17' Seven Japan players made their debut against Chile earlier in the week, with another two doing so tonight. This is a very inexperienced side who have made the trip to Brazil, but they definitely haven't looked it so far against a very crafty Uruguay side. They're looking really sharp and composed on the ball.
15' It's been finely balanced thus far in Porto Alegre, with both sides managing to get their footing straight away. They're each attacking with real intent, showing great initiative to go out and grab the opener, which has made for a fantastic watch from a neutral perspective.
13' STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER! Delicious link-up play from Uruguay! Cavani bursts forward on the counter, played into space on the end of a clever one-two with Nandez, before eventually lifting a tidy cross in for an unmarked Suarez, but he uncharacteristically heads straight into the waiting arms of Kawashima from eight yards!
11' Japan have done really well to establish and assert themselves in the opening 10 minutes. The 4-0 defeat in their opening match was not a fair reflection of how the game played out, nor is it an accurate comment on the talent in their side, and they're out here trying to prove that at the moment.
9' NOT FAR AWAY! Lovely little interchange from Japan, who hit back on the counter following a prolonged spell of Uruguay possession. Abe surges down the left and sends a clips a clever cross in for Okazaki, who steers his header wide of the top corner!
7' Japan attempted only two fewer shots than Chile (13-15) in the first game of the current Copa America; nevertheless, the South Americans scored four goals and the Asians none.
5' Japan are enjoying a bit more of the ball in the early stages, and they certainly look capable, but the bad news for them is Suarez also appears to be in the mood. With three points already under their belt, Uruguay can play a bit loose, while Japan are really going to have to get after it. That should make for an entertaining contest.
3' TERRIFIC RESPONSE! It's been a lovely start to this match as Japan come close in response to the early Suarez chance! Okazaki takes up a good position in the box as he gets on the end of Miyoshi's pull-back, but his first-time effort smacks into the side netting.
1' WHAT A HIT! Suarez almost provides some fireworks to mark kick-off, as he spots the goalkeeper off his line and goes for goal on the half-volley from just inside the halfway line, sending an effort crashing onto the roof of the net! It was merely a couple feet away from dropping in! What a start that would have been!
1' AND THEY'RE OFF! Japan are in all white as they get the match underway, with Uruguay in their famous sky blue tops.
SUBS: Daiki Suga, Daizen Maeda, Yugo Tatsuta, Keisuke Osako, Teruki Hara, Ryosuke Kojima, Ayase Ueda, Kota Watanabe, Taishi Matsumoto, Takefusa Kubo, Yuta Nakayama, Tatsuya Ito.
JAPAN (5-3-2): Eiji Kawashima; Ko Itakura, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Naomichi Ueda, Tomoki Iwata, Daiki Sugioka; Shoya Nakajima, Gaku Shibasaki, Hiroki Abe; Koji Miyoshi, Shinji Okazaki.
SUBS: Jonathan Rodriguez, Federico Valverde, Sebastian Coates, Maximiliano Gomez, Marcelo Saracchi, Martin Silva, Giovanni Gonzalez, Cristhian Stuani, Martin Campana, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Gaston Pereiro.
URUGUAY (4-4-2): Fernando Muslera; Martin Caceres, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Diego Laxalt; Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nicolas Lodeiro; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.
Japan boss Hajime Moriyasu has elected to rotate his squad following their 4-0 defeat, as he makes six changes, including restoring the experienced duo of goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and striker Shinji Okazaki. Defenders Ko Itakura and Tomoki Iwata are brought into the XI to make their debuts, while Hiroki Abe and Koji Miyoshi are set to earn just their second international caps.
Oscar Tabarez makes just one change to his side from the 4-0 win over Japan, as he's set to be a player short for the remainder of this tournament following a hamstring injury suffered by Matias Vecino that ends his campaign. Arsenal's Lucas Torreira will take his place in midfield tonight, and likely the remainder of the way, as he partners Rodrigo Bentancur.
Japan have brought with them quite an experimental side to Brazil, but there’s plenty to get excited about in their team, as Hajime Moriyasu is taking the opportunity to get a good look at some of his young players ahead of the new World Cup cycle.
La Celeste last won the tournament – or a knockout match – in 2011, but with a new generation of stars emerging alongside an established, accomplished core, they might just have the best chance of any to nip Brazil to the title.
A lopsided Uruguay win on Sunday was very much a statement of intent from Oscar Tabarez’s side, who have eyes on spoiling Brazil’s party this summer and returning to the summit of South American football.
Both of these nations were on opposite sides of 4-0 results in their opening matches, Uruguay cruising to victory against Ecuador, while Japan were humbled by defending champions Chile in Sao Paulo.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of this Group C match as Uruguay clash with Japan at Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre!