(Sporting Alert) — Japan game from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in Saturday’s friendly football international game at Cristal Arena in Genk, Belgium.
Watch Japan’s Keisuke Honda Goal Against Netherlands
Star forwards Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben gave the Netherlands a 2-0 lead after 38 minutes in the first half, but goals from Yuya Osako and Keisuke Honda secured the friend tie for the two FIFA World Cup bound sides.
Van der Vaart took advantage of some sloppy defending from Japan to give Holland the lead in the 12th minute, before Bayern Munich attacker Robben scored a wonder strike in the 38th.
Osako pulled a goal back for Japan shortly before the half-time break with a clever strike, before Honda finished off a wonderful session of passes to score his side’s second and make it 2-2.
With the draw, Holland, playing without leading scorer Robin van Persie, who withdrew from the team with groin and foot problems, increased their unbeaten run to 16 games.
Netherlands will next face Columbia, while Japan will stick around to take on Belgium.