Japan beats Paraguay 4-2 for 1st win under coach Nishino
Takashi Inui scored in the 51st and 63rd minutes to make up for Paraguay’s opening strike by Oscar Romero in the 32nd, 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.
Halilhodzic was dismissed two months before the start of the World Cup despite securing qualification for Japan with a match to spare.
Nishino picked several veteran players in his squad, including Kagawa, Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki, who struggled to make the team under Halilhodzic.
Japan is making its sixth straight appearance at the World Cup, but it has only twice reached the knockout round, and both times going out in the last 16 — in 2002 and 2010.
Paraguay failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, finishing seventh in the 10-team CONMEBOL qualification group.