Vida fires Croatia to victory
A review of Tuesday's international friendly action, including Croatia's victory over South Korea.
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Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida struck the winner for Croatia as they warmed up for next month's meeting with Scotland with a 2-1 win over South Korea.
Igor Stimac's side sit five points behind leaders Belgium in World Cup qualifying group A with two games to play and travel to Hampden on October 15 for a crucial clash which could make or break their hopes of an automatic berth at next summer's finals in Brazil.
But they proved form is not an issue with their win in Jeonju, secured after Dnipro's Nikola Kalinic headed home a 65th-minute opener ahead of Vida's own nodded second six minutes later. Croatia, who rested Mario Mandzukic and Luka Modric, did concede late on as Lee Keun-ho found the net in stoppage time but the visitors held on.
Japan, meanwhile, have already wrapped up their place in Brazil and continued to show good progress with a 3-1 victory over an experimental Ghana line-up in Yokohama.
Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien were among a clutch of top names omitted from the friendly encounter in the Far East by Ghana head coach James Kwesi Appiah but the Black Stars still managed to strike first as Frank Acheampong netted with a deflected strike after 24 minutes.
Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa equalised five minutes after the break with a superb individual effort.
Yasuhito Endo then celebrated his 136th appearance for Japan by smashing the Asian champions in front in the 64th minute before Keisuke Honda headed a third soon after.
China also tasted success with a 2-0 triumph over Malaysia in Beijing.
Winger Zheng Long scored his third goal in two matches with a swerving free-kick from the edge of the box to give the hosts the lead two minutes before the break.
Striker Yang Xu doubled the advantage with a looping header 13 minutes into the second period.