Tokyo: Japanese football fans hung their heads in shame Friday after referee Yuichi Nishimura's controversial performance in the World Cup opener helped Brazil to a 3-1 win over Croatia, further clouding FIFA's showpiece tournament. (Match Highlights | Full report | Match pics)
Teammates of unseen Croatian defender gather around Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura (L) as he issues a yellow card in the match against Brazil.
Social media in Japan lit up after the official's decision to give a soft penalty to Brazil which changed the balance of the closely fought match. Several posts showed mocked-up photos of Nishimura wearing a Brazil jersey.