England rely on two own goals to labour past Japan; Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez bags a brace as Mexico hit five; France draw in Tunisia; Ivory Coast draw; Chile beat N Ireland

England 2 – Japan 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) England were stunned after just seven minutes when a well worked short corner was turned in by Tulio Tanaka. Early in the second half England had a golden opportunity to level but Frank Lampard saw his penalty saved by Eiji Kawashima. With eighteen minutes to go the Three Lions did pull level, Tulio Tanaka bagging his second of the match, heading into his own net from a Joe Cole cross. With seven minutes to go England found an unlikely winner, Yuji Nakazawa scoring Japan’s second og of the match from an Ashley Cole center.

The post match interview with Frank Lampard and Joe Cole can be seen here and Fabio Capello here. John Terry and David James also shared their thoughts to the press.

Gambia 1 – Mexico 5 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Javier Hernandez scored his second goal this week to put Mexico ahead in their friendly with Gambia, the Manchester United striker poked home following some awful defending and with the aid of a waterlogged pitch. Javier Hernandez scrambled home the second on 50 minutes to strengthen Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to bring him to Manchester United before the World Cup and Adolfo Bautista finished for the third after a fine ball from Blanco. Bohna pulled one back for Gambia on 65 but further goals from Bautista again and Alberto Medina completed the rout.

Tunisia 1 – France 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Issam Jemaa slid Tunisia one-up at home to France after only six minutes. William Gallas equalised with a close range header on 62.

Nigeria 1 – Colombia 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) A terrific left footed volley from Valdez flew past Enyeama into the top corner to give Colombia the lead against Nigeria. Linkman equalised in the second half with a low long range effort.

Paraguay 2 – Ivory Coast 2 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) (The first three goals on a good quality video can be seen here.) After a goalless first half Didier Drogba broke the deadlock with a deflected free-kick and the Flying Elephants looked well in control when Bamba Souleyman claimed the second. Paraguay hit back first through Lucas Barrios who chested the ball down and finished well and late on Aureliano Torres equalised from a free-kick.

South Korea 0 – Belarus 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Sergey Kisliak’s left footed strike was the difference between the two teams with South Korea disappointing in their final warm-up game.

Venezuela 1 – Canada 1 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Angel Chuorio’s opener for the home side was cancelled out by a Gavin McCallum equaliser deep into injury-time of the second half.

Chile 3 – Israel 0 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Chile maintained their winning rhythm as they prepare for the World Cup finals after securing a 2-0 win over Israel, thanks a first half strike from Humberto Suazo and second half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Rodrigo Tello.

Chile 1 – Northern Ireland 0 (International Friendly, May 30, 2010) Colo Colo midfielder Esteban Paredes was on hand to guide a back post header beyond Alan Blayney from Matias Fernandez’s corner on the half hour mark to give Marcos Bielsa’s men a straightforward win.