• FT

    Japan

    2

    Netherlands

    2

  • FT

    Wales

    1

    Finland

    1

  • FT

    Equatorial Guinea

    1

    Spain

    2

  • FT

    Brazil

    5

    Honduras

    0

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Cristal Arena

Referee: Serge Gumienny | Attendance: 18000

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Japan

  • Yuya Osako 44'
  • Keisuke Honda 60'

2 - 2

FT

Netherlands

  • Rafael Van der Vaart 12'
  • Arjen Robben 38'

Honda completes comeback

Japan celebrate after Keisuke Honda levelled.

Netherlands surrendered a two-goal lead as Japan came from behind to draw their international friendly 2-2 at the Cristal Arena in Belgium.

Rafael van der Vaart put Netherlands ahead in the 12th minute before a brilliant curling effort from Arjen Robben doubled the advantage five minutes before the break.

However, Yuya Osako pulled one back for Japan a minute before the break, with Keisuke Honda's 60th-minute score enough to level the match.

Japan started the game brightly but Holland soon settled, and it was the Oranje who claimed some momentum thanks to some crisp passing and strong running.

Van der Vaart then broke the deadlock when he took advantage of some slack defending by Atsuto Uchida and beat goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa.

Robben then headed a chance over the bar as Holland truly gained the ascendancy before Uchida tracked back to block Jermain Lens at the last minute to deny Netherlands a second.

Japan were struggling to match their early pace and Robben fired the second for Netherlands in superb style when he evaded the Japanese defence to cut inside and curl the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.

However, Japan hit back five minutes later just before the half-time whistle Makoto Hasebe broke in midfield and laid the ball off to Osako, who curled home from 18 yards.

Honda added Japan's second on the hour mark when he combined well with Osako and Uchida before striking home what was a good team goal to level the match.

Shinji Kagawa then forced a save from Jasper Cillessen, who tipped his 20-yard strike around the post before he missed the right post 10 minutes later as neither side were able to conjure a decisive goal.

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Scoring Summary

  • Japan
  • Netherlands

Match Stats

  • Japan
  • Netherlands
15(4) Shots (on goal) 7(4)
14 Fouls 10
3 Corner kicks 3
0 Offsides 2
45% Time of Possession 55%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 4

Teams

  • Japan
  • Netherlands
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Ron Vlaar (87')