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Japan scores three times; England triumphs, 2-1

Poor Eiji Kawashima.

The Japanese goalkeeper was the victim of two own-goals Sunday as England came back to defeat Japan, 2-1, in a pre-World Cup friendly at UPC Arena in Austria.

Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Kawashima dove to his right to block a Frank Lampard penalty kick in the 56th minute. About 10 minutes later, he dove to his left and tipped a curling Wayne Rooney strike over the bar. He was pumped -- and with good reason.

Then, disaster struck. Marcus Tulio Tanaka -- in an attempt to clear it across the touch line -- knocked a diving header into his own goal off a Joe Cole cross to help England pull even in the 72nd minute. It was Tanaka's second "goal" of the day after giving Japan a 1-0 lead in the 7th minute.

Late in the game, a dangerous ball was sent in from the left by defender Ashely Cole and, this time, it was Yuji Nakazawa who got the tip of his boot on it and deflected it past Kawashima. England 2, Japan 1.

So I guess you can say Japan held England's attack scoreless, which is a remarkable feat, but nobody's celebrating after this match. I can't speak for how England's offense performed for the full 90, as I tuned in just as Lampard was lining up his kick from the spot, but I'm sure Fabio Capello can't be too pleased with the effort.

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