FIFA WORLD CUP

Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan

Referee: Dr. Markus Merk

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Japan

  • Junichi Inamoto 51'

1 - 0

FT

  • 90'

    And Japan have their historic victory as the final whistle blows! They thoroughly deserve it after a great team display in a very enjoyable game - it finishes Japan 1-0 Russia

  • 90'

    Miyamoto, not for the first time, is in the right place and then Todo launches himself into the follow-up challenge to block

  • 90'

    Nakayama is booked for a foul on Onopko - two minutes of stoppage time to be played as Russia launch the free-kick into the box

  • 90'

    Seconds left, and the noise inside the stadium is massive as Japan launch another clearance out of their penalty area

  • 89'

    Khokhlov runs goalwards, but yet another attempt from Russia is desperately poor, sailing high over the crossbar

  • 88'

    ...where Semshov delights the Japan fans by conceding a free-kick. Yanagisawa breaks forward, but overruns the ball at the vital moment and it's a Russia goal-kick

  • 87'

    No frills from Solomatin - he just hammers the ball upfield...

  • 87'

    ...and it has brought them so close to a moment of history now

  • 86'

    Solomatin finds room down the right to cross... Japan find yet another good clearance. Their defending has been top-notch

  • 85'

    Fukunishi is on for the superb Inamoto as Japan make their final substitution. Only five minutes remaining

  • 84'

    Sychev's the man most willing to have a go at goal for Russia, and he shows that again with a clean strike which Narazaki holds onto

  • 83'

    Goal-kick to Russia after a Japan free-kick goes wrong... back come the Japanese, though, until a foul by substitute Nakayama surrenders possession

  • 82'

    ...but keeper Narazaki gets there well to punch clear and Nikiforov's follow-up shot is wayward

  • 82'

    Karpin again - this time from a free-kick wide on the right. Russia have loads of players forward...

  • 81'

    Russia break, and Inamoto is there as Karpin looks to threaten again

  • 81'

    Japan press well inside the Russian half, winning themselves a throw-in and keeping possession from it... Nakayama slips as he looks to get on the end of the cross

  • 80'

    Semshov zaps in a low cross, and Japan again show their defensive mettle. It's going to be a good last ten minutes...

  • 79'

    It's cleared to the edge of the area, where Titov lashes a volley hopelessly over

  • 79'

    Titov crosses after his team-mates spark a crisper move - and Miyamoto produces a fine block. Corner...

  • 78'

    Russia building again, but there's a laboured look to some of their play - they need to up the pace if they are to salvage something from this match

  • 77'

    But wait a moment - Khokhlov gets into the area and fires in a shot. Narazaki holds on well

  • 76'

    Japan closing in on their first ever win in a World Cup finals... a little under 15 minutes dividing them from glory

  • 75'

    That's Ono's last contribution to the game - he is taken off to be replaced by Hattori

  • 74'

    Miyamoto produces a fine interception inside his own area... Karpin, in the meantime, needs treatment after a strong challenge by Ono

  • 73'

    ...too high, though, for the waiting Ono and Russia come forward with Beschastnykh. His low cross is superbly blocked by the industrious Inamoto

  • 72'

    Japan make a change: Suzuki comes off and Nakayama's into the fray. They win a corner, which is floated in...

  • 71'

    Nakata hits it from long range - it's a brilliant strike and crashes back off the bar with Nigmatullin totally beaten

  • 70'

    Ono on the charge again - he finds Nakata, who has space to run towards the area

  • 69'

    Karpin's penalised for barging, and Ono comes forward to find Suzuki inside the area... he's unable to control the pass

  • 68'

    Sychev hits another shot from long range - this one's lofted towards the top corner but Narazaki is in the right place

  • 68'

    Japan, on the other hand, are getting stronger and attacking with increasing verve

  • 67'

    Russia need to lift themselves: their passing is going astray and they don't look likely to mount much of a threat

  • 67'

    Suzuki is caught offside after neat and purposeful build-up from Japan

  • 66'

    Semshov tries to latch onto a pass down the left, but it has too much pace for him and goes out of play - much to the approval of Japan's fans

  • 65'

    Titov, midway insie the Japan half. More good pressing forces a mistake, and the ball is out of play for a Japan throw

  • 64'

    Nakata takes the chance to come forward and cross from the right: it's headed away

  • 64'

    Japan's defence working very hard, closing down their opponents brilliantly

  • 63'

    Solomatin comes forward and Ono intercepts: Karpin follows up and tries to cross, but that one's well blocked

  • 62'

    Another good chance, and another miss - but Japan are enjoying an excellent spell just at the moment

  • 62'

    Nakata plays a great ball into the heart of the area and Yaganisawa takes it down.. he shoots and it's over the bar

  • 61'

    Again Japan fail to make the most of a promising dead-ball situation, and that will frustrate coach Troussier

  • 60'

    This is a wonderful opportunity for Japan to threaten - but Nakata's shot flies over

  • 59'

    And he could regret that - Inamoto is fouled on the very edge of the area by Nikiforov

  • 58'

    ...he rounds Narazaki but, from a not particularly tough angle, hits the side netting. That could and should have bee 1-1 - a bad miss

  • 58'

    Immediately, the substitute has a golden chance to level after Khokhlov's astute header on...

  • 57'

    Another change for Russia: Smertin off and Beschastnykh on

  • 56'

    Free-kick to Russia on halfway: it's played forward to Titov and his bobbling strike is wide of the mark

  • 55'

    Miyamoto leads a break, but Ono is crowded out... Japan could have made more of that, with Ono having space just outside the area

  • 54'

    Sychev tries his luck from an awful long way out - Narazaki gathers comfortably

  • 53'

    What can Russia do in response? They try a long ball forward, but it's relatively aimless and comes to nothing

  • 53'

    Russia make another change - Khokolov comes on, and Ismailov is the player replaced

  • 52'

    The crowd, as you would expect, in full cry... Inamoto's strike provoking a delirious reaction

  • 51'

    Fine goal - and Japan deserve it for their performance throughout this game

  • 50'

    ...it's flicked through to Inamoto inside the area, and he keeps his cool to rifle an excellent finish into the roof of the net. It's 1-0 Japan!

  • 50'

    Suzuki is brought down by Kovtun's no-nonsense challenge, and the free-kick comes in...

  • 49'

    Izmailov, though, produces a poor pass when it matters and Japan can clear their lines

  • 49'

    Karpin controls well - too well for Ono, who hacks at his ankles and gives away the free-kick

  • 48'

    The cross comes in from the right - Nakata the deliverer - and Nigmatullin claims well as Yanagisawa challenges

  • 48'

    A good start from Russia, and here they come again: but that's well cleared and Japan break speedily

  • 47'

    ...it's scrambled away for a corner, which Narazaki - who's having a good game - claims confidently

  • 46'

    From it, a foul on halfway gives Russia the free-kick: Karpin gets to the byline and pulls the ball back...

  • 45'

    Japan get the second period under way and look for an early ball forward - it's overhit and presents Russia with a goal-kick

  • 45'

    Russia make an interval change: they're bringing on Dmitry Sychev for Pimenov

  • 45'

    And that's half-time: it's been a fast, entertaining game full of attacking intent, but it remains 0-0

  • 45'

    The offside flag goes up... Semshov, not for the first time, is the guilty party

  • 45'

    Free-kick to Russia midway inside Japan's half, and this will probably be the last action before the break

  • 45'

    Narazaki does well again, advancing from his line to claim a through ball. There'll be one added minute at the end of this half

  • 44'

    ...and Russia, over the last few minutes, have shown signs that they can work their way back into the match

  • 43'

    Japan have had the majority of possession, but Troussier will surely feel they should have more chances to show for that

  • 43'

    Karpin tries to make something happen with a long ball forward: it's too long, however, and Narazaki claims

  • 42'

    There have been a fair few bookings in this first half... perhaps not surprising given the frenetic pace and high number of challenges

  • 41'

    Perhaps buoyed by that, they string together some neat passing... Nakata is booked for bringing the move to an end with a foul

  • 40'

    The flag-kick comes to nothing, but the lead up to it represented Russia's best move for some time

  • 39'

    Semshov tries to switch play, and Solomatin pops up with a searing low cross: Toda is the hero for Japan, clearing for a corner

  • 39'

    Japan's free-kicks have been generally poor so far, and from this one the whistle blows for pushing on Russia's Solomatin

  • 38'

    Good ball down the left for Japan: Yanagisawa is fouled by Solomatin, who picks up a booking for that lunge

  • 37'

    Nigmatullin elects to punch clear, and does it well... in it comes again, and Inamoto's header drifts across goal

  • 37'

    They can try again - Suzuki's fouled by Kovtun, and Nakata will cross this ball in

  • 36'

    The ball's lashed in - and lashed over. A promising position goes begging

  • 35'

    Suzuki, though, snaps in and comes racing forward again... he's fouled and it's a free-kick within shooting range...

  • 34'

    Nakata and Ono link stylishly, but the final ball in is a disappointment, being easily cut out

  • 33'

    Japan usher the ball back to the keeper, and when it's launched forward again Suzuki is fouled...

  • 32'

    Keeper Narazaki saves bravely from the advancing Pimenov, and is awarded a free-kick for his pains

  • 32'

    Japan giving them no time on the ball, but some of the passing has still been sloppy... Semshov crosses and then Titov plays it forward...

  • 31'

    It's cleared, and Karpin and Titov link... their efforts break down and Russia are finding it hard to keep the ball at the moment

  • 30'

    Nakata is brought down midway inside the Russia half - roars of approval from the crowd as the referee gives the free-kick

  • 30'

    Yanagisawa takes over, but Onopko's challenge eases the threat on Russia

  • 29'

    And Troussier's disbelieving reaction on the bench said a lot... but here comes Suzuki

  • 29'

    The best chance of the game - he should really have opened the scoring

  • 28'

    Japan still playing at a cracking pace - Nigmatullin parries from a low cross but Nakata, with time and space, can only fire over the top

  • 27'

    Suzuki tries his luck... it's blocked and Izmailov completes the clearance. Inamoto charges forward again, but overruns the ball

  • 26'

    Another free-kick to Russia, inside their own half. This time, the offside flag stops them in their tracks

  • 25'

    Kovtun crashes to the floor under challenge from Yanagisawa... it's hit long and flicked on by Titov, but there's a foul on Miyamoto

  • 24'

    For all the buzziness to this match, there have been precious few real chances carved out by either side so far

  • 23'

    Nakata latches on to a loose defensive header and has a speculative shot from the edge of the area... that one's over the top

  • 22'

    Toda is penalised for a foul on Izmailov, but Onopko's pass forward is a poor one and causes no problems

  • 21'

    Yanagisawa is thwarted after a good run - the ball deflects back off the Japan player and it's a goal-kick to Russia

  • 21'

    This has to be one of the fastest games of the tournament so far - barely room to pause for breath, but no goals as yet

  • 20'

    Yanagisawa now - it's end to end stuff. He roars down the left but once more the challenge is a good one

  • 19'

    Free-kick against Nakata, who looks bemused by the decision... Semshov makes a great break, but it's wasted as Pimenov slides his pass out of play

  • 18'

    Russia break well after cutting out a through ball - Toda's the man in the right place to challenge for Japan

  • 17'

    It's Nikiforov who hits it - great power, no real direction and it's into the Japan fans behind the goal

  • 16'

    Miyamoto is booked for a challenge some 30 yards out and central... free-kick

  • 15'

    He's crowded out but gets the ball back and curls in a great shot - it's a fraction wide of the far post

  • 14'

    Novtun plays the ball downfield with minimal subtelty... much more subtelty from Izmailov, who runs at the heart of the Japan defence...

  • 14'

    Suzuki tries to get on the end of the free-kick, but he's penalised

  • 13'

    Matsuda is felled by Pimenov, whose challenge earns him a yellow card

  • 13'

    It's a good start to the game, full of pace and attacking intent

  • 12'

    At the other end, Suzuki concedes a free-kick and Japan cover well as Russia try to break forward

  • 11'

    Karpin, complete with Ray Parlour-esque hairstyle, jinks into the area... Smertin shoots, but it's well over the top

  • 10'

    Inamoto produces a fine challenge on Titov and a great pass to Suzuki - Semshov is there with a great tackle to win the ball back for his side

  • 9'

    Another long ball forward from Japan, and more good cover means the same result as last time - the threat peters out

  • 8'

    Miyamoto now, playing it long towards Suzuki... Russia clear without too many difficulties

  • 8'

    Pimenov is brought down and Titov looks for a route into the area: the run is snuffed out by more good, committed Japanese defending

  • 7'

    ...Ono floats it into the area, but it's just too long for the waiting Inamoto

  • 6'

    What can they make of this? Plenty of encouragement from the crowd...

  • 5'

    Smertin brings down Nakata in full flight - free-kick for Troussier's side

  • 5'

    It's a brisk start from both sides - Ono starts a move for Japan, and Solomatin heads clear

  • 5'

    Suzuki on the ball for Japan now - he attempts a low cross from the left but Russia stand firm to get that clear

  • 4'

    ...from it, Inamoto surges forward and belts in a powerful long-rage shot. It whizzes wide, but he struck that well

  • 4'

    Titov slides in late as he tries to win the ball - that's a free-kick to Japan deep inside their own half...

  • 3'

    Russia play it forward again - too long, and Myojin is there. Inamoto tries to get his first touch, but is crowded out

  • 2'

    The ball is headed back to Nigmatullin after a long ball forward, but Japan soon win it back

  • 1'

    Izmailov runs at the Japan defence but is crowded out, and then the ball goes out of play for a throw to the Japanese

  •  

    They're immediately buzzing into the challenges, and Russia thump the ball back downfield. Nobody's there to try and get on the end of it, however

  •  

    Russia get this one under way - a great atmosphere here tonight. Can Philippe Troussier's Japan team live up to it?

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Japan

  • 10(2)

  • -

  • 30

  • 0%

    0%

  • Russia

  • 15(4)

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  • 30

Match Stats

  • Japan
  • Russia
10(2) Shots (on goal) 15(4)
30 Fouls 30
1 Corner kicks 3
1 Offsides 4
0% Time of Possession 0%
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 0
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