Japan's Takashi Inui celebrates after scoring during the friendly soccer match between Japan and Paraguay in the Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Japan beats Paraguay 4-2 for 1st win under coach Nishino

June 12, 2018 - 11:58 am
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INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Japan won its first match under coach Akira Nishino, getting two second-half goals from Takashi Inui in a 4-2 win over Paraguay on Tuesday.

Inui's goals made up for Paraguay's opening strike by Oscar Romero in the 32nd minute, while an own-goal by Federico Santander made it 3-1 in the 77th. Richard Ortiz netted for Paraguay in the 90th before Shinji Kagawa added Japan's fourth in injury time.

Japan had lost 2-0 to both Ghana and Switzerland in its previous matches under Nishino, who took over from Vahid Halilhodzic in April.

Japan will play against Colombia in its Group H opener in Saransk on Tuesday before facing Senegal and Poland.

Paraguay failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.

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