Mike Havenaar scored the only goal to give Japan a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates on Thursday in a warm-up game for next week's FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers.
Yuichi Komano sent over a pinpoint cross from the left into the area, where the UAE's goalkeeper Ali Khaseif Humaid leapt to save without success, allowing the Vitesse Arnhem striker to head home in the 69th minute.
"I hadn't scored for a while recently, so I feel relieved that I did today," said Havenaar. "But our next game is more important, I want to get a solid result in that,"
"I also wanted to see how well my players work and how well my team work," he said. "We had both negative and positive elements today."