Japan celebrates historic victory over France in World Cup friendly
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Saturday rejoiced in its historic 1-0 friendly victory over footballing powerhouse France, avenging a humiliating 5-0 defeat in March 2001.
Friday's win was Japan's first-ever victory against the 1998 World Cup champions in six games, following one draw and four defeats.
Japanese sports papers lavished praise on Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa for his goal that felled the French.
"Kagawa struck the decider! The historic first win over France," the Sports Nippon daily said.