International Friendlies: Qatar edge Iran in 5-goal thriller; North Korea down Mali

Qatar 3 – Iran 2 (International Friendly, December 28, 2009) Iran made up a two goal deficit and created numerous chances to score a winner, but instead conceded a 94th minute goal after a terrible mistake by Hossein Kaebi in a 2-3 defeat to Qatar.

Mali 0 – North Korea 1 (International Friendly, December 27, 2009) Hong Yong-Jo, who plays in Russia for FC Rostov, scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half when he burst into the area from the left and fired past Soumbeyla Diakite.