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  1. International friendlies - Stunning comeback sees Japan draw with Dutch

    International friendlies - Stunning comeback sees Japan draw with Dutch

    Japan came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with the Netherlands in Belgium. More

  • Live Commentary

    • 90+2' FT: Japan 2-2 Netherlands
    • 90' Two final minutes added on.
    • 86' We've loved this second half. Awesome football.
    • 86' Ron Vlaar slips on the wet pitch and pulls down Okazaki. Yellow card.
    • 83'
    • 80' First booking of the match for Konno after a rash foul on Willems.
    • 77' SUB (Japan): Hiroki Sakai replaces Astuto Uchida.
    • 77' SUB (Holland): Jonathan de Guzman comes on for Jermain Lens.
    • 77' Super football from Japan. Kagawa sliding a ball through the two Dutch centre-halves and Kakitani comes pain-stakingly close to adding a third.
    • 76' Memphis Depay almost catching Nikishawa off guard there with an instinctive long-range drive from 30 yards.
    • 75' But Yuya Osako did really well today. Japan are crying out for a frontman and he's certainly showing up well at international level. Three goals in five for Japan.
    • 74' Interesting to see how Kakitani performs in the blue shirt. He's a fantastic young attacking-midfielder: linked with Arsenal, Werder Bremen and others.
    • 72' SUB (Japan): Nagatomo off, Sakai on; Kakitani on, Osako off.
    • 68' SUB (Holland): Memphis Depay on for Siem de Jong.
    • 68' The 9000-or-so travelling Japanese fans are giving their team a lift in the stands. It's matching the style of play from the Samurai Blues.
    • 66' Strong hand from Cillessen to deny the excellent Shinji Kagawa. Touch on to his left-foot to deceive his opponent and his rifled drive was well kept out by the Ajax keeper.
    • 65' With 25 minutes to go, I'm surprised there's been few substitutions, as we normally expect in friendlies. That might be still to come in this match.
    • 63'
    • 63' Keisuke Honda really is a wonderful footballer.
    • 62' Japan have certainly rallied at the interval and Zaccheroni will be very encouraged by their dominance in this half.
    • 60'
    • 59' GOOOOOAL! It's 2-2. Keisuke Honda has been excellent since half-time and he combines so well with Osako and Uchida, before striking home. Great team goal.
    • 55' Nagatomo bends in a right-foot shot from 25 yards which curls inches wide of Cillessen's post.
    • 51' Clumsy defending from Ron Vlaar, allowing Okazaki to nip in ahead of him inside his own penalty box. Decent challenge and Japan win a corner-kick.
    • 51' Uh! Close from Japan again. Honda with a wonderful volley on the edge of the box, little backlift or spin on the ball and it clips the upright.
    • 51'
    • 50' What a chance for Japan! Kagawa sneaks into the box, looking to slot first-time, but Cillessen spoiled the move with a fine block.
    • 48' Great football from Holland there. Siem de Jong of Ajax breaking clear at the corner of the box, but rather than shoot himself, his pass doesn't find a Dutch shirt.
    • 45' Holland kick off.
    • 45' Two changes for Japan with Kagawa & Endo coming on for Kiyotake and Hasebe; Willems replaces de Jong for the visitors.
    • 45' The teams are back and there are some changes so we'll keep you updated as best we can.
    • 45' Fans instructed to return to their seats by the PA announcer, so that should tell us the second half is approaching.
    • 45+1' HT: Japan 1-2 Netherlands
    • 45' One extra minute to be played.
    • 43' GOOOOOAL! Oh! Japan have pulled one back. Well, that was quick, dangerous and clinical from the Samurai Blues. Hasebe breaks from midfield, lays in Osako who makes no mistake in dragging the ball into the opposite corner.
    • 42' Japan hardly pushing guys forward for the leveller. You'd imagine Zaccheroni will change things about at the break.
    • 38' GOOOOOOAL! Arjen Robben twists, turns, runs and slams home with his left-foot. In predictable style, cutting inside and bending into the top corner. Fine solo-goal. 2-0 Holland.
    • 33' Nishikawa palms clear from Arjen Robben's strike. Typically, he cuts on to his left-foot at the 18-yard-line and looks to bend one around the outstretched Japanese goalkeeper.
    • 32' Quiet and rarely involved from the right-side.
    • 31' Inswinging, right-footed cross from Nagatomo misses Osako, the 23-year-old from Kashima Antlers, isn't in the right area to get on the end of it.
    • 30' Half an hour through this international challenge match and Netherlands still lead 1-0. Japan are unable to lift the tempo to the bright, quick football we saw early doors.
    • 27' Shinji Okazaki cuts inside from right-foot, to left, but shoots well over the crossbar. Poor effort.
    • 26' Fair play to Uchida again with an important interception as Lens linked with Robben on the opposite flank and the latter's instinctive return back into the box was sweeped up by the Schalke defender.
    • 25' Poor choice of pass from Honda sees a Japanese counter-attack breakdown. Okazaki was the intended target, but the Stuttgart striker was drifting into an offside position. The Dutch still comfortably in control in this one.
    • 24' Excellent recovery from Astuto Uchida, who was at fault for the Dutch opener, racing back to block Jermain Lens at the last minute as the Dutch winger was ready to fire home the second goal.
    • 21' The Oranje have options like Leroy Fer, Depay, Williems and De Guzman who could come on for Van Der Vaart.
    • 20' You can tell this match has the hallmarks of a typical international friendly. The tempo of the game is fairly tame since the Van der Vaart goal. Although, the HSV man is struggling with an ankle knock and might be departing.
    • 19' Header over the crossbar from Arjen Robben. Jermain Lens cut inside on to his right-foot, searching for the Bayern Munich winger who rose well but heads over the top.
    • 15' Ajax's Jasper Cillessen holding fort for Netherlands in goal this morning with his first international cap.
    • 14' That goal was Van der Vaart's 25th for the Dutch national team after scoring five in the qualifying stages for Brazil 2014.
    • 11' GOOOOOL! Netherlands break the deadlock. Rafael Van der Vaart of Hamburg SV took advantage of some slack defending from Uchida, reading the header and nipping in before Nikishawa.
    • 11'
    • 10' Netherlands have settled into this game since Japan's bright start. The Dutch passing cleanly, looking for the return and putting some momentum into their play.
    • 9'
    • 8' Japan face Belgium in midweek, their second match in the country over this international break. After that, Zaccheroni won't have much time to experiment before picking his provisional squad for the World Cup.
    • 5'
    • 5' Phoaw! Japan look up for this. Nagatomo speeding into the penalty area, sliding across goal and Osako couldn't direct the ball back across goal from the other corner of the six-yard box.
    • 4' Great chance! What a waste from Yamaguchi who was presented with the ball, laid back by Nagatomo, which he skews over the crossbar with the instep of his right-foot.
    • 3' Good run from Nagatomo on the left wing, cleared by Vlaar at the front post to prevent Osako coming in to score.
    • 3' Both teams lining up, primarily, in a 4-3-3 formation, but Japan certainly with more thrust and tempo compared to the patient Dutch.
    • 2' Eventually, CSKA Moscow's Honda - heading for AC Milan, it seems - blasts the ball miles over the crossbar.
    • 1' Free kick: Take Two. Nigel de Jong runs out of the wall a bit too eager.
    • 0' Early tumble from Yamaguchi who was challenged by Rafael Van der Vaart which gives Japan a first sight of goal.
    • 0' Keisuke Honda and Osako kick-off.
    • 12:12 Strong bench for the Japanese too with Hosogai, a personal favourite for me, Sakai and Okazaki from the Bundesliga.
    • 12:08
    • 12:07 Less than 10 minutes until kick-off in Genk. How do we see this one going? The international weekend has been quiet so far, so let's hope we see some goals.
    • 12:07
    • 12:04 Japanese supporters criticise Zaccheroni for recent performances and asks if he's listening to the fans.
    • 12:04 Since Japan qualified for Brazil 2014, results have certainly been harder to come by. The Samurai Blues are looking for their first victory in three games after defeats to Serbia and Belarus.
    • 11:55 I should note that this match is being played in Genk, Belgium and NOT in Japan.
    • 11:52 And for the travelling Oranje --- XI: Cillessen; Janmaat, De Vrij, Vlaar, Blind; De Jong, Strootman, Van der Vaart; Lens, De Jong, Robben… Subs: Stekelenberg, Van Der Wiel, Veltman, Willems, De Guzman, Narsingh, Schaars, Fer, Propper, Depay, Martins
    • 11:52 First of all, the Japan team-lines --- XI: Nishikawa; Uchida, Nagatomo, Konno, Yoshida; Yamaguchi, Hasebe; Kiyotake, Okazaki, Osako… Subs: Kawashima, Gonda, G.Sakai, Morishige, Inoha, H.Sakai, Endo, Hosogai, Takahashi, Kagawa, Kakitani, Inui
    • 11:51 Good morning. We're bringing you live Eurosport commentary from Japan where the Netherlands have travelled for an international friendly. Strong squads for both these Brazil 2014 sides. More to come. I'm @rossdunbar93, drop me a tweet on Twitter with your thoughts!

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