Japan international Yuto Nagatomo scored an impressive goal as FC Tokyo came from two goals down to hold league leaders Shimizu S-Pulse to a 2-2 draw in the J-League on Saturday.
With the FIFA World Cup™ weeks away, the 23-year-old defender netted from outside the area after Shimizu goalkeeper Yohei Nishibe punched out a corner in the 85th minute.
Only two minutes later, midfielder Toshihiro Matsushita quickly collected a rebound off defender Shinji Tsujio's clearance and flicked in the equaliser.
Nagatomo said it was the best goal he had ever scored. "I hit it as hard as possible towards the goalmouth. I was disappointed that we couldn't win, but we never gave up till the end," he said.
"Everybody is expecting us to do well in South Africa. I want to cause a surprise there," he added of Japan's FIFA World Cup ambitions.
Shimizu remain top of the league on 25 points, three points above Nagoya Grampus and five points above Kawasaki Frontale and Urawa Red Diamonds. They were followed by Kashima Antlers and Yokohama Marinos on 18 points.
Nagoya take on defending champions Kashima, while Kawasaki play Jubilo Iwata on Sunday.
Urawa failed to close the gap as they drew with Vegalta Sendai 1-1, while Yokohama drew with Kyoto Sanga 2-2.
In other games on Saturday, Albirex Niigata posted their fourth straight win by beating Montedio Yamagata 3-1, while Cerezo Osaka edged past Vissel Kobe 2-1.