Four-time Asian champions Japan have had their winning run snapped by CONCACAF giants Mexico following their meeting in an international friendly clash at the LiebenauerStadium in Graz, Austria. Japan had won their last two games before they met the Mexicans on Tuesday.
Japan had beaten former African champions Ivory Coast 1-0 in an international friendly duel played at the Stadion Galgenwaard in the Utrecht city of the Netherlands. Substitute Naomichi Ueda scored the only goal of the game in added time to give the Japanese an impressive win over their African opponents last month. Ueda is a defender who plays his club football for Cercle Bruggein the Belgian topflight. The 26-year-oldcentre back scored the winning goal in the first minute of added time towards the end of the game.
The former Asian champions followed the slim win over the Ivorians in October up with another slender victory in their first game of the November international break. Japan beat 10-man Panama 1-0 in an international friendly in Graz, Austria to make it two straight wins on the bounce.
Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot shortly after the hour mark. Panama ended the game with ten me after goalkeeper Luis Mejia was sent off with 12 minutes left on the clock.
The two successive wins ended with the 2-0 defeat to Mexico in the second and final game of the November international break. Mexico scored two goals in the space of five second half minutes to win the friendly match.
Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez gave the Mexicans the lead in the 63rd minute before his substitute Henry Martins Mex set up Napoli forward Hirving Lozano five minutes later to wrap up the victory. Japan have now won nine, drawn three and lost two of their last 14 games in international football.