Great news for the holders Spain as Japan and Colombia shared the points this evening in their opening Group A match in Manaus.
James Rodríguez put Colombia in front after twenty minutes when Iván Vélez was played clear down the right flank from a quick free-kick, eventually sending a cross in to the six-yard box for the Porto man to nod past Kawashima.
The Asian Cup holders drew level ten minutes after the interval when Japan cleared a Colombian corner and broke quickly through man-of-the-match Shinji Okazaki. His cross towards the penalty spot was flicked on by Kiyotake, allowing a narrowly-onside Hiroshi Ibusuki to stab home from close range to equalise.
Both sides picked up a pair of late bookings, but neither was able to score a third goal in the match. See the goals, line-ups, match stats and highlights video below.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 02: GROUP A JAPAN 1-1 COLOMBIA Ibusuki 55 Rodríguez 21 Manaus
GROUP A P W D L F A GD PTS 1. Spain 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3 2. Colombia 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 1 =. Japan 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 1 4. Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0