England U19 2 – Russia U19 1 (European U19 Championship qualifiers, September 8, 2009) Russia took the lead after nine minutes as Irakliy Logua latched onto a left-wing cross from Nika Piliev to fire home clinically past Declan Rudd. England drew level less than ten minutes into the second half when Newcastle’s Nile Ranger picked a ball up in the box before turning and drilling a low shot into the bottom corner. Just five minutes later and England were ahead as a Reece Brown (brother of Wes) free-kick from 30-yards took a deflection en route to goal.
Japan 4 – Ghana 3 (International Friendly, September 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After an entertaining opening forty-five minutes, the Black Stars took a 1-nil lead into the break after Asamoah Gyan slotted home a penalty on the half hour. (First half highlights here.) Gyan then doubled Ghana’s advantage early in the second period, Kengo Nakamura soon brought Japan back into the game, only for Matthew Amoah to restore the Africans two goal advantage. But a terrific effort from Japan in the final ten minutes turned the match on its head as Shinji Okazaki, Keiji Tamada and finally ex-Arsenal midfielder Junichi Inamoto scored three goals inside four minutes.