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Koji Miyoshi scored twice as guests Japan earned a thrilling 2-2 draw against Uruguay at the Copa America amid more VAR controversy in Porto Alegre.
Miyoshi twice gave Japan the lead in the Group C clash but the Copa invitees were pegged back on both occasions by a Luis Suarez penalty and Jose Gimenez on Thursday.
After Miyoshi's opener, Uruguay were awarded a dubious 32nd-minute spot-kick following a VAR review, which penalised Naomichi Ueda for an innocuous attempt to block the ball under minimal contact on Edinson Cavani.
Miyoshi restored Japan's advantage 14 minutes into the second half but Uruguay – 4-0 winners on matchday one – secured a share of the spoils thanks to Gimenez's 66th-minute header.
It was an entertaining contest from the outset after Suarez's audacious half-way line attempt almost embarrassed Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.
Japan were impressive and put Uruguay on the back foot as former Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki side-footed just wide, while Suarez went close again for the South American side inside 15 minutes.
Japan were routed 4-0 by two-time reigning champions Chile in their opener but they broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Miyoshi found a way through and scored from a tight angle.
However, Uruguay moved back on level terms seven minutes later after Cavani went down under minimal contact and a VAR check allowed Suarez to step up and convert the spot-kick.
Baffled by the decision, Japan nearly went behind nine minutes prior to the break but Cavani's thunderous effort from outside the area rattled the crossbar.
Both teams had chances to move ahead in an end-to-end second half, but it was Japan who sensationally retook the lead thanks to Miyoshi approaching the hour mark.
After Cavani wasted a golden opportunity at the other end, Fernando Muslera spilt a cross straight at the feet of Miyoshi and the Japan forward fired home from close range.
Japan's lead, however, only lasted seven minutes as defender Gimenez glanced a header past Kawashima from a corner and Uruguay almost completed the comeback inside the final 10 minutes but Suarez's header hit the woodwork.
Goal! José Giménez heads Uruguay level for a second time tonight! 2-2 game on!
Goal! Koji Miyoshi pounces on a rebound to give Japan a 2-1 lead!
GOAL! VAR drama! Naomichi Ueda downs Edinson Cavani, and after a look from VAR, it's given! Luis Suarez steps up and makes no mistake slotting the ball into the bottom corner!
Goal! Japan takes the lead! Koji Miyoshi cuts in from the wing and smashes the ball past Muslera! What a finish!
Chance! Luis Suarez attempts a chip from distance which hits the roof of the net!
Peep! We are underway in Gremio!
A brief glimpse into the Uruguay changing room! We are just under 10 minutes away from game time in Gremio!
As for Japan, it's four changes overall and a much more experienced side that lost to Chile. Shinji Okazaki comes in to lead the line, experienced stopper Eiji Kawashima is preferred in goal.
＼STARTING LINE-UP!／— サッカー日本代表 (@jfa_samuraiblue) June 20, 2019
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So here we go! Team News! First Up Uruguay! One change for the side that breezed past Ecuador. Lucas Torriera is in for Matías Vecino in central midfield. Otherwise, it's an unchanged side!
Likewise, Japan have warmed up ahead of their second group stage game. The Samari have it all to do, after a young side was comprehensively beaten 4-0 by defending Champions Chile in their opening group game.
Uruguay seems to be enjoying themselves, warming up in their hotel ahead of the game.
🎥 Horas antes del encuentro de esta noche, el plantel realizó un trabajo de activación en el hotel Deville Prime de Porto Alegre. pic.twitter.com/mBYub7RcxC— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) June 20, 2019
Look away Japan fans! The Samurai Blue have not scored a goal in 12 encounters against South American sides.
Good morning! Welcome to the Live Updates of Uruguay Vs Japan at the Copa America. Oscar Tabarez's side impressed in a 4-0 opening game win over Ecuador, can they take a big leap to the quarter-finals with a victory over invited side Japan. As ever, join me for all the build-up, team news and everything else from the Arena do Grêmio.