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2 vs 4
Played
August 14, 2013 12:20 PM SAST
Miyagi Stadium — Rifu
Referee:‬ S. Marciniak‎
Attendance:‬ 45883‎
 
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Japan 2-4 Uruguay: Forlan & Suarez star in Celeste victory

Goals from the South American strikers in Wednesday's friendly ensured a win in Rifu following a storming first half and a resilient latter 45 minutes

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Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez inspired Uruguay to their first win in three matches as they beat Japan 4-2 in Rifu on Wednesday.

Forlan scored twice in an many minutes in the first half to put his side in control at the break, with Suarez at the heart of both before adding a third himself early in the second period.

Japan fought bravely and were able to cut the deficit through Shinji Kagawa but Alvaro Gonzalez restored the visitors' three-goal cushion, before Keisuke Honda fired an inch-perfect free kick into the top corner to make it 4-2.

The deadlock was broken just before the half-hour mark when Liverpool forward Suarez broke Japan's offside trap down the left-hand side.

He raced away from the home defenders into the penalty area and drew the goalkeeper out before cutting back to his strike partner Forlan, who had the simple task of putting the ball into the open goal.

And when Suarez was fouled 25 yards from goal two minutes later, Forlan curled a brilliant free kick over the wall and into the top corner, wrong footing the keeper in the process.

Uruguay led 3-0 seven minutes after the interval as Suarez finally got his name on the scoresheet.

A cross from the right hit a Japan defender, and as the ball dropped free inside the penalty area, the 26-year-old pounced to fire it into the back of the net.

The hosts pulled a goal back almost immediately after some less-than-impressive defending from Uruguay.

A chipped pass from Honda evaded two defenders and the goalkeeper, leaving Manchester United playmaker Kagawa with a simple tap in from five yards.

Gonzalez then met a looping cross from Cristian Rodriguez to head into an unguarded net, before Honda's fantastic strike in the 71st minute completed the scoring. 



Japan

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Eiji Kawashima
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
Atsuto Uchida
Defender
83′
 - 
2
Gotoku Sakai
Defender
 - 
3
Maya Yoshida
Defender
56′
 - 
15
Yasuyuki Konno
Defender
 - 
15
Makoto Hasebe
Midfielder
75′
 - 
23
 - 
7
Yasuhito Endō
Midfielder
 - 
8
Yoichiro Kakitani
Midfielder
64′
 - 
10
Keisuke Honda
Midfielder
54′ 71′
 - 
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
54′
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Uruguay

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25
 - 
2
 - 
2
 - 
4
 - 
14
 - 
15
 - 
11
 - 
14
N. Lodeiro
Midfielder
61′
 - 
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
61′
 - 
10
 - 
7

Substitutes

20
Shuichi Gonda
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
 - 
19
 - 
3
 - 
5
 - 
55
 - 
13
 - 
4
 - 
6
 - 
6
 - 
9
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

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1
M. Silva
Goalkeeper
 - 
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
67′
 - 
13
J. Fucile
Defender
77′
 - 
19
 - 
20
Á. Fernández
Midfielder
 - 
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
61′
 - 
5
S. Eguren
Midfielder
61′
 - 
8
Stuani
Striker
68′

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barca
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0