United States beaten by Japan, South Korea and Costa Rica neutralize each other

Japan beat the United States (2-0) on Friday in a friendly match in Düsseldorf. Daichi Kamada (26th) and Kaoru Mitoma (88th) scored the two goals for the Japanese selection. The two teams will play the world Cup which starts in two months. Japan is in the group of Spain, Germany and Costa Rica. While the United States are in the pool of Iran, England and Wales.

South Korea were held 2-2 at home by Costa Rica. The South Koreans had to wait for a late free kick from Son Heung-min, the Tottenham player, to equalize (85th). The free kick followed the dismissal of goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado, guilty of grabbing the ball with his hands outside the penalty area

On the lawn of Goyang Stadium, Korea opened the scoring through Hwang Hee-chan (28th) before a brace from young striker Jewison Bennette, 18 and under contract since this summer with Sunderland, put the visitors in front.

The “Ticos”, the last qualified for the World Cup, played without their experienced goalkeeper Keylor Navas (Paris SG), who suffers from back pain. South Korea will face Portugal, Ghana and Uruguay in the group stage of the World Cup.

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