Koji Miyoshi starred | Picture Courtesy: CONMEBOL

Uruguay was held to a draw by Japan in their Copa America match at Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre. The match ended 2-2, as Uruguay had to come back twice after trailing.

Although, La Celeste was unlucky not to get three points as they had several chances to take the lead in the last 15-20 minutes.

However, the Samurai Blue’s were brilliant throughout the game and did quite well with their share of possession.

Japan started their tournament with a torrid 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chile, while, Uruguay smashed Ecuador -0 in their opening match.

Japan took the lead through Koji Miyoshi, who beat Fernando Muslera at the near post.

Uruguay equalised from the spot through Luis Suarez, after a controversial VAR came to Uruguay’s rescue.

Suarez equalised from the spot | Picture Courtesy: CONMEBOL

Miyoshi scored again after Fernando Muslera failed to carry the ball and Miyoshi smashed from close range.

Oscar Tabarez’s men equalised seven minutes later through a corner, as Jose Maria Gimenez well-placed header gave no chance to Eiji Kawashima.

Suarez looked dangerous and was closest to get the winner. He praised the young Japanese players for their efforts.

“We played well in general but we learned that in tournaments of this quality if you make two errors you can concede two goals so we have to be more careful,” Suarez told reporters.

“They are young and fast but we know they have a lot of quality. They pressed us well and they didn’t let us play the way we wanted.

“We knew what this game could be like, their result against Chile didn’t tell the full story.”

Gimenez rescued a point for Uruguay | Picture Courtesy: CONMEBOL

Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu said this result is huge for his young team.

“This draw will help us grow because Uruguay is one of the top teams in international football,” he said.

“This point will help us develop and boost our confidence.”

Uruguay is currently on top of Group C with 4 points, while Japan is on third with 1.

In another Copa America group C match later today, Two times defending champions Chile will entertain Ecuador.

 

 

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