Soccer: Japan beat Ivory Coast 1-0 on late Ueda header
Soccer: Japan beat Ivory Coast 1-0 on late Ueda header

Late substitute Naomichi Ueda struck an injury-time header to clinch a 1-0 friendly win for Japan over Ivory Coast on Tuesday.After being brought on in the 89th minute, the center-back for Belgian side Cercle Brugge delivered the winner two minutes later, meeting Gaku Shibasaki’s long free kick near the back post for his first international goal.”I thought there might be a chance from the set play, and it was a great ball. Gaku hit it well,” Ueda said.The match was the second of two friendlies at Utrecht’s Stadion Galgenwaard featuring a Samurai Blue squad comprised entirely of Europe-based pl…

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