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Honda scores 2 goals, Japan rallies past Zambia

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Keisuke Honda had two goals and Yoshito Okubo scored in the 91st minute, giving Japan a 4-3 victory over Zambia in its final warm-up for the World Cup on Friday night.

Honda and Shinji Kagawa delivered within a two-minute span of the second half, helping Japan take a lead and seemingly control of the match after falling behind 2-0 in the first 29 minutes.

Zambia’s Lubambo Musonda made it 3-3 in the 89th minute, but Japan wasn’t finished. Toshihiro Aoyama set up the winner with a pass from near midfield, with Okubo using his left foot to control the ball and then send a shot past goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata.

Honda also scored on a penalty kick in the opening half after Zambia, which is not bound for Brazil, built its lead on Christopher Katongo’s header in the ninth minute and Nathan Sinkala’s goal 10 minutes later.