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Japan, Uruguay play out 2-2 draw
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Japan, Uruguay play out 2-2 draw

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Japan secure a hard-earned point in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay at the Copa America on Thursday. The draw means Japan have an outside chance of reaching the quarterfinals from Group C, with one game remaining against Ecuador.

Uruguay, who trounced Ecuador in their opening game, missed the chance to make certain of their place in the last eight against a Japan team who had been trounced 4-0 by Chile in their opening game.

Japan had been let down by poor finishing in their defeat to Chile, but were a different proposition at the Arena do Gremio as coach Hajime Moriyasu range the changes in his starting line-up. Two goals from Koji Miyoshi helped Japan to keep its quarterfinals hope alive.

Uruguay scored through a controversial penalty from Luis Suarez and a second-half header from Jose Gimenez.With Uruguay's defence looking uncharacteristically vulnerable, Japan took the lead on 25 minutes when a long diagonal pass from Gaku Shibasaki sent Miyoshi racing clear.

But Japan's joy was short-lived as Uruguay were gifted an equaliser with a VAR-assisted penalty four minutes later.The second half saw Uruguay gradually get on top but yet another incisive break from Japan led to Miyoshi grabbing his second to make it 2-1 in the 59th minute.Again though Uruguay were quick to respond, Gimenez heading in Nicolas Lodeiro's cross in the 66th minute to make it 2-2.