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19/08/2007102 - WeatherClear
3:1 (1:0)
  • Tomotaka OKAMOTO (42')
  • Hiroki KAWANO (80')
  • Yoichiro KAKITANI (84')
  • Joseph GUEMSLY JUNIOR (71')

Summary

Substitutions seal Japan success

Haiti put up valiant resistance on their grand debut on the global stage, but Asian champions Japan eventually sealed a 3-1 victory thanks to two goals from their substitutes.

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Line-ups

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1
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2
3
3
5
4
6
6
7
7
9
8
10
10
11
11
15
14
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17

Substitute(s)

18
20
21
21
4
5
8
9
12
12
13
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16
19
18
20
19

Coaches

Hiroshi JOFUKU (JPN)
(HAI) Jean Yves LABAZE

Officials

Referee: Rakesh VARMAN (FIJ)Assistant Referee 1: Andrew ACHARI (FIJ)Assistant Referee 2: Matthew TARO (SOL)Fourth official: Joel AGUILAR (SLV)

Statistics

9Shots13
4Corner kicks2
0Yellow cards1
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
49%Possession (%)51%
  • Japan - Haiti
  • JPN - HAI
  • Japan - Haiti
  • Japan - Haiti
  • Japan Haiti
  • Japan - Haiti

Hiroki Kawano (JPN), Japan player
"I'm very happy to have scored the goal, but I have to admit I was lucky the ball came back to my feet. I was very motivated because you can never be satisfied with a place on the bench. Before I stepped on to the pitch, the coach asked me to pressure the defenders, stop them from passing the ball out and, if possible, to try and score. That's what I did!"