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Blue Samurai beat Les Bleus

October 12, 2012

A smash-and-grab goal from Yasuyuki Konno earned Japan a 1-0 victory over France, who endured a demoralising warm-up to their crucial World Cup qualifier against Spain.

France look on as Yasuyuki Konno's effort finds the back of the net
PA PhotosFrance look on as Yasuyuki Konno's effort finds the back of the net

While world champions Spain prepared for Tuesday night's showdown with a comfortable 4-0 win over Belarus, Didier Deschamps' men were looking to stretch their legs against a nation they had beaten five times in five meetings.

However, thanks to the heroics of visiting goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, and the astonishing profligacy of the French forward line, Konno's last-gasp goal on the counter ensured a weekend of soul-searching for Les Bleus.

Elsewhere, Poland recorded a 1-0 win against South Africa in Warsaw.

Marcin Komorowski, a late substitute, scored the only goal of the game in the 82nd minute.