International friendlies wrap: Havenaar strikes for Japan
Mike Havenaar struck a second-half winner as Japan edged the United Arab Emirates 1-0 in an international friendly on Thursday.
The Vitesse forward headed in the only goal of the game in the 69th minute at the Niigata Stadium.
It was a solid win for Japan ahead of their World Cup qualifier at home to Iraq on Tuesday, with Alberto Zaccheroni's men leading Group B after winning two of their opening three games.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda had the best chances in the first half as Japan failed to find an opener.
But it came through Havenaar with just over 20 minutes left as he headed in a cross from Yuichi Komano.
"The result was important but equally important was to measure where we are before the Iraq game," Zaccheroni said after his team's win.
"There were positives and negatives to take from tonight but we can go away and analyse the performance now. It was important to check the condition of the team and individual players."
Manchester United attacker Shinji Kagawa was substituted at half-time.
Elsewhere, Sweden overcame China 1-0 in Helsingborg thanks to a second-half goal from Johan Elmander.
The Galatasaray striker netted two minutes after the interval as Sweden completed preparations for their opening World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Tim Cahill, Matt McKay and Archie Thompson all scored as Australia notched an impressive 3-0 friendly win over Lebanon in Beirut.
The Socceroos were utterly dominant in the first half as Cahill and McKay scored inside 23 minutes, with playmaker Mark Bresciano particularly impressive.
And Thompson's late effort added polish to the scoreline as Australia gained a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday's crucial qualifier against Jordan.
In the other game on Thursday, Tajikistan stunned Qatar with a 2-1 victory.