The Scottish Football Association


Japan 2 - 0 Scotland

Sunday, 11 October 2009

A Christophe Berra own goal and a Keisuke Honda strike in the last ten minutes gave Japan a 2-0 victory over Scotland.


The only flaw to a superb performance by Berra was when the Wolves man put the ball in his own net after 82 minutes to give Japan the lead.


Then with just seconds remaining, Honda converted from inside the box a low cross from Yuichi Komano.


The first half passed with little threatening action but Scotland, who started with four debutants, were indutrious in their work rate and desire.


They did however lack a threat up front while Japan looked lively on the attack.


In their best chance of the half Nakamura hit the side-netting after gliding into the box.


Two minutes later, Ishikawa found himself in behind the back four but his shot was collected comfortably by Gordon.


Don Cowie and Steven Fletcher were introduced at half time and sparked some life into Scotland.


However just as the game looked to be heading for a draw Komano fired in a low cross which Berra deflected into his own net.


And with minutes to go Honda grabbed the second, sidefooting home after Scotland failed to clear a cross.

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