Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan

Referee: Gilles Veissiere

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  • Hiroaki Morishima 48'
  • Hidetoshi Nakata 75'

2 - 0


  • 91'

    And that's it! Japan win 2-0 and go through as group winners. They face Turkey in the last 16. Tunisia, with just one point, are out. Troussier's fine half-time substitutions proved decisive and Japan win only their second ever World Cup game

  • 91'

    Benachour cracks one from 25 yards - into the side-netting but a good attempt

  • 90'

    Just one minute has been added on as Tunisia have 60 seconds of their World Cup left

  • 89'

    Morishima goes for the spectacular with a 50-yard shot. Boumnijel retreats to claim

  • 89'

    Japan on the break Ogaosawara but he can't find Suzuki

  • 88'

    And Russia are back in it in the other game - Sychev makes it 3-2 and if Romantsev's side can equalise, they will go through

  • 88'

    Great skill by Benachour before Myojin brings him down - the young midfielder has been one of Tunisia's best players this tournament

  • 86'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Tunisia to win, with bet365  

  • 86'

    Baya to take a Tunisian free kick. He curls it in and it's not far from the top corner, with Narazaki a bit stranded. Goal kick

  • 85'

    Ono goes for the volley with his right foot. He connected well and the ball just goes wide of the far post

  • 84'

    Japan take off Nakata and bring on Ogasawara

  • 84'

    Morishima finds Suzuki alone up front. He turns and shoots with his left foot - but it's just wide

  • 83'

    Benachour come forward again and looks for Zitouni but Miyamoto cuts it out

  • 82'

    ... and Zitouni almost scores here. Benachour finds him and the sub turns and fires his shot against the bar

  • 82'

    And Belgium lead 3-1 now. It's their talismanic skipper Marc Wilmots who has surely sealed the win

  • 82'

    Nakata will take, but it's straight at Boumnijel

  • 81'

    Badra brings down Suzuki quite cynically - free kick and a yellow card

  • 80'

    And Wesley Sonck of Racing Genk scores Belgium's second against Russia - as things stand, Belgium will go through

  • 79'

    ... and his first contribution is an overhead kick which went wide after Jaidi had headed back Benachour's free kick

  • 79'

    Zitouni replaces Bouzaiene

  • 78'

    Another Tunisia free kick, but they'll make a change first

  • 78'

    Benachour curls in a cross which Narazaki comes out to catch

  • 77'

    Good skill by Baya, nutmegging Matsuda. The defender brings him down

  • 76'

    And surely that has killed off any hopes Tunisia had of qualification

  • 76'

    GOAL! Boumnijel got a hand to it but he could not stop Hidetoshi Nakata doubling Japan's lead

  • 75'

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    Tunisia to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Ichikawa is in room on the right again and he crosses for Nakata to head...

  • 74'

    More Japanese possesion and Troussier's side are lookign comfortable now

  • 73'

    The pace of the game has dropped a bit to the more gentle stroll of the start of the first half

  • 72'

    Tunisia press a little more but Japan are defending doggedly

  • 70'

    Another fine interception Miyamoto - he's had another good game today

  • 69'

    Japan clear the second corner, but this has been one of Tunisia's better spells

  • 68'

    The corner is cleared but Mhedhebi goes down the left flank again to put in another cross which Miyamoto puts behind

  • 67'

    Good move from the Tunisians and Benachour finds Jaziri in the box. He goes for the shot and Miyamoto deflecte it behind

  • 66'

    ... but Nakata puts it way over the bar

  • 66'

    Ono is brought down now - Ghodhbane was the offender there

  • 65'

    ... and the corner comes back to Myojin who fires wide from 30 yards

  • 64'

    Another foul gives Hidetoshi Nakata another free kick - he withces it to his namesakeKoji at the back post - he picks out Ono who heads it down and the diving Boumnijel palms it past the post

  • 63'

    Nakata crosses as Japan go for another - they work the ball out to Koji Nakata on the left and Bouazizi does very well at the back post to stop his cross reaching Morishima

  • 62'

    Tunisia are struggling with the Japanese pace and movement now - they're getting little time on the ball as the Japanese press

  • 61'

    Tunisia change - Clayton departs and on comes Mhedhebi

  • 60'

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    Tunisia to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    and Tunisia give it away to Morishima who finds the other substitute Ichikawa with room to shoot - but that is a poor effort, well wide of goal

  • 59'

    Jaziri breaks and puts in a low cross which the unchallenged Narazaki claims

  • 59'

    Japn are very confidently passing the ball aroudn now they have the lead. A poor cross from Ichikawa ends a fine move

  • 58'

    Clayton puts in a cross as Tunisia go forward but one of his team-mates is adjudged offside

  • 57'

    Nakata releases Suzuki down the right win. He lays it back to Ichikawa, but his cross is blocked

  • 56'

    Trabelsi makes a burst down the right and three Japanese players crowd him out

  • 55'

    Bouazizi fouls Suzuki again and it's another Japan free kick

  • 54'

    Japan so close to 2-0 and Troussier's half-time changes have worked superbly

  • 53'

    Ichikawa acclerates down the right and whips in a low cross which Morishima makes a diving header to reach. It goes across the stationary Boumnijel... and roll onto the post

  • 52'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Tunisia to win, with bet365  

  • 52'

    Goal for Russia - it's Vladimir Beschatnykh. They are level and as things stand, Belgium will go out

  • 51'

    Ono knocks it to Nakata but his deflected shot is easy for Boumnijel

  • 50'

    They have a free kick 30 yards out which Nakta and Ono are behind

  • 50'

    Nakata is fouled by Bouazizi as Japan push for a second

  • 49'

    Japan lead and surely they will go through. They are currently on course to top the group

  • 48'

    GOAL! He fires it across Boumnijel and into the fire corner

  • 48'

    Suzuki can't reach Nakata's pass but the touch takes it to Morishima...

  • 47'

    Suzuki chaesea a long ball but it goes out for a goal kick

  • 46'

    Japan kick off and Badra is immediately strugglign after a Suzuki challenge

  • 46'

    Tunisia need to win by two goals to go through, but will they even try? On comes Zoubaier Baya, off goes Melki

  • 46'

    Double change for Japan - on come Morishima and Ickikawa for Inamoto and Yanagisawa. Can the subs provide the breakthrough?

  • 45'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Tunisia to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    And that's half time. Japan 0 Tunisia 0 in quite an uneventful half. The visitors had a couple of late chances and Japan haven't hit top form but they are on course to go through

  • 45'

    Trabelsi bursts into the box and goes down after Toda's challenge. Not a penalty, but Toda didn't make contact with the ball

  • 45'

    ... and a better one. Badra rises highest to head at goal - and it could come to Jaidi at the far post.. but it evades him and goes wide

  • 45'

    Benachour whips it in, and it's deflected behind. A second corner...

  • 44'

    Trabelsi takes it near the corner flag but the ndustrious Suzuki comes back to intercept. But Tunisia win the ball back and Matsuda's tackle on Jaziri results in a corner

  • 43'

    Tunisia pass it around at the back before Melki goes forward to win a throw

  • 42'

    Koji Nakata tugs back Benachour - and the Japanese defender is fortunate to avoid a caution

  • 41'

    Trabelsi brings down the lively Suzuki and the referee warns the right wing back

  • 41'

    Bouzaiene puts in a low cross but it's too near Narazaki.

  • 40'

    Shinji Ono will take again but Tunisia head away

  • 39'

    Nakata plays a great long pass for find Suzuki - and Jaidi comes across to cover and concedes a corner

  • 38'

    Melki plays a one-two with Benachour and the ball falls to Jaziri who shoots on the turn - but it's well wide

  • 37'

    Ono will take and it's punched away from under his own bar by Boumnijel

  • 36'

    Nakata looks for Yanagisawa. Jaidi concedes a corner

  • 35'

    Melki's deep cross is misjudged by Narazaki but the Japanese keeper was saved by the absence of Tunisians at the back post

  • 34'

    Ono plays a fine one-two with Yanagisawa but his run is ended by a fine tackle from Badra

  • 34'

    Yangisawa turns to fire a low left-footed shot from 20 yards. Boumnijel parries it and gathers at the second attempt

  • 33'

    Japan press again but Tunisia are defending deep and in numbers

  • 32'

    Jaziri battles with Ono and the Tunisian striker concedes the throw

  • 31'

    Inamoto's long pass is shepherded out for a goal kick by Bouzaiene

  • 30'

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    Tunisia to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Inamoto curled in a cros looking for Yanagisawa, but it was a little to close to Boumnijel who came out quickly to catch it

  • 29'

    Almost a shooting chance for Inamoto there but Ghodhbane got back at him quickly

  • 28'

    Inamoto rises but Badra heads Nakata's corner away

  • 28'

    Nakata takes but it hits the wall and Japan have another corner

  • 27'

    Nakata switches play well to Suzuki and Bouzaiene is penalised for climbing all over him

  • 26'

    Japan have had the majority of the possession so far but they've yet to create a real chance

  • 25'

    It's a corner, which Bouzaiene takes and Narazaki comes a long way to claim that

  • 24'

    Tunisia look to release Jaziri and the masked Miyamoto makes a fine challenge

  • 23'

    ... and they win a third, which is too long for everyone

  • 23'

    Koji Nakata whips it across and it is another japan corner as Bouazaine heads behind

  • 22'

    Ono's cross is deflected behind by Badra - corner for Japan

  • 21'

    Bouzaiene whips in a cross which Toda heads away and Japan break with Yanagisawa. he is tugged back by Bouazizi rather needlessly and the Tunisian becomes the first player booked

  • 20'

    Japan have had the better of the first 20 minutes without reaching the high standard they performed at against Russia and Belgium

  • 19'

    Nakata looks for Myojin down the right touchline but his pass is overhit

  • 18'

    Was that a shot or a pass? Badra belts it wide from 50 yards

  • 17'

    End-to-end stuff with both sides attacking in the last few minutes even if there haven't been many chances

  • 16'

    Trabelsi and Benachour combine well but Jaziri can't reach the through ball

  • 15'

    Japan to win, with bet365  
    Tunisia to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    But this time Ono hits the wall - disappointing delivery from the Feyenoord man

  • 14'

    But Japan have another free kick in a dangerous situation as Bouzaiene fouls Myojin

  • 13'

    ... it is Hide Nakata and it deflects off the wall and then one of his team-mates as Tunisia scramble it away

  • 13'

    Ono or Nakata could take..

  • 12'

    Suzuki is upended clumsily by Clayton and again that could have been a booking

  • 12'

    ... but Myojin's cross is too deep and Boumnijel claims it

  • 11'

    Inamoto is crowded out by two Tunisians and the Africams try to counter attack but Japan soon have the ball back

  • 10'

    Yanagisawa brings down Jaziri - he's perhaps lucky to escape a booking as Jaziri could be hurt

  • 9'

    And Belgium lead in the other group. Johan Walem has scored and as things stand, Belgium top the group with Japan second

  • 8'

    Inamoto makes a little burst and Japan are looking more lively

  • 7'

    Neat passing from Japan and the ball comes to Suzuki about 30 yards out. He goes for goal and it sails some way over

  • 6'

    Jaziri is offside - he's leading the line again for Tunisia and will hope for more support from midfield runners

  • 5'

    Ono takes but the referee penalises Japan for a push in the box

  • 4'

    Suzuki has his heels clipped and it's a Japanese free kick about 40 yards out

  • 3'

    Free kick for Ono's foul on Melki and Tunisia have the ball for a short spell

  • 2'

    Japanese possession - and the host nation again look very comfortable on the ball

  • 1'

    Toda chips it forwadd for Japan and it falls to Yanagisawa who has a shot but it hits Trabelsi

  • 1'

    Tunisia kick off and win an early throw


    Tunisia bring in Clayton for Gabsi while Japan, unsrurprisingly, are unchanged


    So Japan are on the brink of their first ever appearance in the last 16 of the World Cup. But can Tunisia spring a surprise - a two-goal win would put them through.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Japan

  • 14(7)

  • -

  • 16

  • 0%


  • Tunisia

  • 8(1)

  • -

  • 20


POS No Name


1 Ali Boumnjiel


2 Khaled Badra


6 Hatem Trabelsi


12 Raouf Bouzaiene
20 Ali Zitouni


15 Radhi Jaidi


10 Kais Ghodhbane


13 Riadh Bouazizi


18 Selim Benachour


23 Clayton
7 Imed Mhadhebi


5 Zied Jaziri


21 Mourad Melki
3 Zoubaier Baya
POS No Name
M 3 Zoubaier Baya
F 7 Imed Mhadhebi
F 20 Ali Zitouni

Match Stats

  • Japan
  • Tunisia
14(7) Shots (on goal) 8(1)
16 Fouls 20
9 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 2
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 4

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