North Korea, the lowest ranked side at the East Asian Cup, came back from a goal down to stun holders Japan 2-1 in the opening match in Wuhan on Sunday (2 August 2015). Japan and South Korea have sent domestic-based players for the four-nation round-robin tournament which is not officially recognized by FIFA. Due to its non-official status, European clubs have not released their players ahead of the start of the season. North Korea, ranked 129th in the world compared to the 50th ranked Japan, took full advantage of the absence of AC Milan's Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund in mounting a late challenge in the second half to complete the victory.

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