Japan coach's Takeshi Okada's first substitution, bringing on Shinji Okazaki for Daisuke Matsui, hinted at an aggressive approach to the final part of the match, but taking off defensive midfielder Yuki Abe for creative midfielder Kengo Nakamura was not as subtle. With Okada's second substitution, Okada is signaling his intent to try and exert more pressure on the Paraguayans.
Nakamura took Abe's place in the 81st minute.
Currently in the 88th minute, Japan and Paraguay remain scoreless. If the match reaches the end of second half stoppage time tied, the two teams will play an extra 30 minutes.