Two own goals hands England win over Japan

Two own goals from Japan players has allowed England to win 2-1 in an international friendly in Austria.
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Two own goals from Japan players has allowed England to win 2-1 in an international friendly in Austria.

England: 2 (Marcus Tulio Tanaka (og) 72’, Yuji Nakazawa (og) 83’)
Japan: 1 (Marcus Tulio Tanaka 7’)
Venue: UPC-Arena – Graz, Austria
Crowd: 15,326

England limped to victory over Japan with the help of two late own goals following Marcus Tulio Tanaka’s low shot that beat David James in the seventh minute.

But it was Tanaka who got England back on level terms when he turned in a Joe Cole cross in the 72nd minute before Yuji Nakazawa managed the same from Ashley Cole just over ten minutes later.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard again missed from the penalty spot when Eiji Kawashima saved to the right in the 55th minute after Keisuke Honda handled in the area.

Starting Line-Ups

ENG
David James (gk) (Hart 46’), John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson (Carragher 46’), Frank Lampard, Tom Huddlestone (Gerrard 46’), Aaron Lennon (Heskey 77’), Theo Walcott (Wright-Phillips 46’), Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent (J.Cole 46’)

Subs - Joe Hart (gk) (46’), Jamie Carragher (46’), Steven Gerrard (46’), Shaun Wright-Phillips (46’), Joe Cole (46’), Emile Heskey (77’)

JPN
Eiji Kawashima (gk), Marcus Tulio Tanaka, Yuji Nakazawa, Yuto Nagatomo, Yasuyuki Konno, Yasuhito Endo (Tamada 86’), Makoto Hasebe, Yuki Abe, Yoshito Okubo (Matsui 71’), Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki (Morimoto 65’)

Subs - Takayuki Morimoto (65’), Daisuke Matsui (71’), Keiji Tamada (86’)

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