Friendly wins for Japan and South Korea, as Everton’s Tim Cahill saves Australia’s blushes against Oman

Japan 5 – Togo 0 (International Friendly, October 14, 2009) Japan tore Togo to shreds in the opening exchanges of their friendly. Prolific Shimizu S-Pulse striker Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring after six minutes, and Okazaki soon chalked up his double with a cheeky backheel just two minutes later. By the 11th minute the hosts were 3-up as Catania centre-forward Takayuki Morimoto expertly controlled a cross in the box, turned his marker and fired a low shot into the bottom corner. After the break Shinji Okazaki completed his hat-trick, before Keisuke Honda wrapped up the win with Japan’s fifth at the death.

South Korea 2 – Senegal 0 (International Friendly, October 14, 2009) South Korea took the lead against Senegal just before the halftime interval as Ki Sung-Yong crashed home a well-struck left-footed effort. (First half highlights here.) Ki Sung-Yong claimed the second in the second-half.


Australia 1 – Oman 0 (Asian Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Netting his 19th international goal in just 36 appearances, Everton’s Tim Cahill saved the Aussie’s blushes by converting a left wing cross with 15 minutes left on the clock. Cahill toasted his goal by reproducing his controversial Samoan canoe celebration.