Japan sink Scotland in Kirin Cup friendly

YOKOHAMA - Two late goals gave Japan a 2-0 win over a below-strength Scotland in a friendly in Yokohama on Saturday.

A Christophe Berra own goal eight minutes from time and a last-minute goal from Keisuke Honda gave Japan a deserved victory in their Kirin Cup opener.

"We lacked penetration in the first half but I felt we got better and better as the game went on," Japan coach Takeshi Okada told reporters.

Japan who have secured qualification for next year's World Cup in South Africa, were the better of the two sides in a dreary match.

Dutch-based midfielder Honda squandered several opportunities before Berra's unfortunate own goal gifted the home team the lead.

Honda made sure of the win from close-range with injury time beckoning.

Japan were angered by several late withdrawals from the Scotland squad, including captain Darren Fletcher and defender Alan Hutton with injury.

"Japan had a lot of possession but didn't have too many chances," said Scotland coach George Burley. "We are disappointed obviously about giving away the own goal."