Naoki Kumata came off the bench to score twice in four second half minutes for the Japanese to cancel out Hayato Tanaka’s sixth minute own goal and earn Togashi’s side a hard-fought opening day win over their East Asian neighbours in Group D.
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“As we expected, the first match is always difficult and we couldn’t manage things well at the start,” said Togashi. “But in the last 85 minutes I assessed that our team played well and we kept attacking. That was really effective and Kumata scored. .....