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Suarez scores as Uruguay beats Japan 4-2

Forlan and unsettled Suarez on target as Uruguay beats Japan 4-2 in friendly

Suarez scores as Uruguay beats Japan 4-2

RIFU, Japan (AP) -- Unsettled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored for an impressive Uruguay in their 4-2 friendly win against Japan on Wednesday.

Suarez capitalised on some calamitous defending by the hosts to stroke home Uruguay's third goal seven minutes into the second half. Diego Forlan's two goals, including a fine free-kick, earlier gave the visitors a comfortable halftime lead.

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa scored a tap-in to pull one back soon after Suarez's effort, but Alvaro Gonzalez restored Uruguay's three-goal advantage following a goalkeeping error by Eiji Kawashima.

Keisuke Honda responded with a free-kick to make it 4-2.

Japan, who lost all three of their Confederations Cup games in Brazil this summer, were back to full strength but remain far from convincing ahead of next year's World Cup finals.

Updated : 2022-01-20 07:29 GMT+08:00