Eiji Kawashima 6 – stood little chance with Wilfried Bony's equaliser, but made a huge error to allow Gervinho's tame header to slip through his fingers.
Atsuto Uchida 8 – had no trouble handling Salomon Kalou, and also got forward well to great effect, almost scoring in the first half.
Masato Morishige 6 – solid in the first half, but seemed to lose his bearings once Didier Drogba came on, and allowed Bony to get in front of him to notch the equaliser.
Maya Yoshida 6 – mostly the same as his partner Morishige – a decent first half, but struggled in the second as the Ivory Coast got themselves back into the game.
Yuto Nagatomo 7 – energetic and tireless as ever, Nagatomo took advantage of the Ivorians' narrow first half approach, but lost Gervinho for the winner and couldn't close down Serge Aurier's crosses.
Makoto Hasebe 7 – kept things simple in front of the back four and was the experienced head in the Japan midfield.
Hotaru Yamaguchi 6 – virtually anonymous, Yamaguchi had very little impact on the game and could find his position for the next game in real doubt.
Shinji Kagawa 7 – bright in the first half but faded in the second, it wasn't quite the display Kagawa would've hoped for after a frustrating season at Old Trafford.
Keisuke Honda 8 – took his first half goal superbly and was often Japan's most dangerous outlet, even though he did fade as the game wore on.
Shinji Okazaki 6 – came into the tournament with high hopes after a great season for Mainz, but he had little impact, failing to muster even one shot on goal.
Yuya Osako 5 – much like Okazaki, Osako didn't even have a shot on goal – which isn't good enough from a centre forward.
Yasuhito Endo 6 – replaced Hasebe as the experienced man in the midfield, Endo kept the ball well in his cameo appearance.
Yoshito Okubo – N/A
Yoichiro Kakitani – N/A