Jung gives South Korea 2-1 victory over Uruguay

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Uruguay's Edinson Cavani (R) controls the ball against South Korea during their friendly football match in Seoul on Friday. — AFP

SEOUL — Paulo Bento picked up his second win in three games since taking charge of South Korea as the Portuguese coach led his side to a 2-1 friendly win over Uruguay on Friday.

Jung Woo-young scored the winner 11 minutes from fulltime with a simple tap-in after Matias Vecino had canceled out Hwang Ui-jo's opener.

Hwang put the Koreans in front in the 66th minute when he slotted home from inside the area after Fernando Muslera saved Son Heung-min's penalty.

Uruguay leveled six minutes later when Lucas Torreira capitalized on a mistake in defense to pull the ball back for Vecino to net from eight meters.

Yet the Koreans eventually claimed the win when Jung scored at the second attempt, slotting his shot home after Edinson Cavani's weak attempt to clear Jung's initial headed effort.

The victory was Bento's second since taking over as South Korea coach in September, with the Portuguese winning his first game against Costa Rica before being held to a 0-0 draw by Chile.

Mbappe saves French blushes in 2-2 draw with Iceland

GUINGAMP, France — France substitute Kylian Mbappe engineered two late goals to rescue a 2-2 draw against Iceland and spare the blushes of the world champions in their friendly in Guingamp on Thursday.

The home side enjoyed the lion's share of possession and created plenty of good scoring opportunities, but Iceland, hammered 6-0 and 3-0 in their last two games by Switzerland and Belgium, still managed to take the lead on the half-hour mark.

Alfred Finnbogason dispossessed defender Presnel Kimpembe near the corner flag before jinking inside Lucas Digne and squaring the ball to the onrushing Birkir Bjarnason, who side-footed it home from the edge of the area.

It was Iceland's first goal under new coach Erik Hamren and Kari Arnason added their second 13 minutes into the second half, flicking a near-post corner past France keeper Hugo Lloris and into the net.

That prompted the introduction of Mbappe, who scored France's fourth goal in their 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia.

The Iceland players threw themselves frantically at every ball in a concerted effort to keep their clean sheet, but they were undone in the 86th minute.

After having a goal ruled out for offside, the 19-year-old Mbappe hammered a shot that goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson deflected into Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, who sent it bouncing across the line for an own goal.

Mbappe leveled the scores four minutes later, stepping up to rifle the ball home from the penalty spot after a handball by Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

France host Germany at the Stade de France on Tuesday in their third UEFA Nations League A, Group 1 match, having picked up four points from their opening two games. Iceland host Switzerland in Group 2 on Monday.

Alcacer double helps Spain

ease to 4-1 win over Wales

In Cardiff, Spain continued their sparkling start to life under Luis Enrique with a 4-1 win away to Wales in a friendly on Thursday helped by two goals from Paco Alcacer as they earned a third straight win since their former Barcelona manager took charge.

Alcacer continued his rampant form by smashing the ball into the top corner in the eighth minute at the Principality Stadium, scoring for the fifth game in a row after netting seven times in his last four outings for Borussia Dortmund.

Spain captain Sergio Ramos doubled the lead with a header from Suso's freekick in the 19th and striker Alcacer volleyed his second after a defensive mix-up before the half-hour mark.

Defender Marc Bartra, who like Alcacer played under Enrique at Barca, got his first international goal with a header from a corner in the 74th, Spain's 12th strike under the new coach after beating Croatia 6-0 and England 2-1 in the Nations League.

Wales striker Sam Vokes got a consolation for Ryan Giggs' side in the 89th, heading a David Brooks cross beyond goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who replaced David de Gea in the second half.

Wales were without injured Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, although he watched from the stands and was honored on the pitch at halftime for becoming his country's record scorer last March when he overtook Ian Rush's tally of 28 goals. The home side's injury problems worsened when teenager Ethan Ampadu was forced off early in the second half.

Both sides are in Nations League action next week with Spain hosting England on Monday and Wales visiting Ireland on Tuesday.

Mitrovic double gives Serbia

2-0 win at Montenegro

In Podgorica, an Aleksandar Mitrovic brace gave Serbia a 2-0 away win over neighbors Montenegro on Thursday that put them top of their UEFA Nations League group after a scrappy clash between two former Yugoslav republics.

The result left Serbia on seven points from three games in the third-tier Group 4, two ahead of Romania, who won 2-1 at Lithuania. Montenegro have four points and Lithuania none.

The first meeting between Montenegro and Serbia as independent nations since they separated in 2006 was played amid tight security but in a friendly atmosphere with both sets of fans applauding each other's national anthems.

It was also watched from the VIP box by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, reportedly screening Serbia's 20-year-old center back Nikola Milenkovic, who is in excellent form for his Serie A club Fiorentina after enjoying a good World Cup.

Serbia dominated the game and should have won by a bigger margin but for some poor finishing by playmaker Dusan Tadic, who squandered two sitters after good work by winger Andrija Zivkovic and the tireless Mitrovic.

Those misses came after in-form Fulham striker Mitrovic sent goalkeeper Danijel Petkovic the wrong way with an 18th-minute spot kick, after Montenegro right back Filip Stojkovic fouled his Red Star Belgrade team mate Milan Rodic.

The Montenegrins upped the pace in the closing stages and their striker Fatos Beciraj forced a good save from Serbia keeper Marko Dmitrovic in the 72nd minute with a rasping low shot from 20 meters.

Montenegro's Serbian coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic was sent off by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi for dissent before Mitrovic sealed the contest with a close-range finish in the 81st minute.

Substitute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had also been linked with a possible future move to United from Lazio, allowed Zivkovic's pass to run with a clever dummy, leaving Mitrovic with the simple task of beating Petkovic from three metres.

Serbia next visit Romania while Montenegro are at home to Lithuania on Sunday.

New-look Portugal hit back

to win 3-2 in Poland

In Chorzow, Poland, Portugal's Bernardo Silva scored a typical individual goal as their new-look side recovered to win 3-2 away to Poland in the Nations League with an impressive performance on Thursday.

Andre Silva's strike and a Kamil Glik own goal put the European champions ahead by halftime, after Krzysztof Piatek had given Poland an early lead, and Silva then got in the act early in the second half of the League A Group 3 game.

Poland substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski, making his 103rd appearance as he became his country's most capped player, pulled a goal back but it was not enough for the hosts.

After two games Portugal, who were without their rested talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, top the group with six points, while Poland and Italy have one apiece.

Olsen's super save helps Sweden

hold Russia to goalless draw

In Kaliningrad, Russia, Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen pulled off a world-class save as his side held Russia to a 0-0 draw in their Nations League B, Group 2 clash in Kaliningrad on Thursday.

Both teams exited this year's World Cup at the quarterfinal stage and Sweden once again showcased the defensive stability that has made them so hard to beat under coach Janne Andersson.

The hosts failed to convert their dominance of possession into shots on target until 10 minutes from fulltime, when Olsen had to make a superb, acrobatic save to keep out a fearsome effort from Daler Kuzyaev.

That was the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock and the result leaves Russia top of the group on four points after two games.

Russia face second-placed Turkey, who are a point adrift, on Sunday, with the Swedes bottom on one point ahead of their friendly with Slovakia on Tuesday.

Israel beat 10-man Scotland

thanks to Tierney own goal

In Haifa, Israel fought back to beat Scotland 2-1 thanks to a late own goal from Kieran Tierney as the visitors finished with 10 men in an eventful Nations League game on Thursday.

Tierney sliced the ball into his own net after 75 minutes to complete the home side's comeback after they had conceded an early penalty in the League C, Group 1 clash.

Scotland lead the section on goal difference from Israel and Albania with the teams level on three points after two games.

Scotland went ahead in the 25th minute when Charlie Mulgrew sent goalkeeper Ariel Harush the wrong way with a penalty after midfielder Dor Peretz had barged Steven Naismith in the back.

The goal sparked Israel into life and their dominance paid off after the break when Peretz slotted an equalizer past keeper Allan McGregor in the 52nd to atone for his earlier error.

After Scotland defender John Souttar was sent off for a second yellow card in the 61st, Israel had a host of chances but only took the lead when Tierney put through his own goal.

It was Israel's first win under new Austrian coach Andreas Herzog. Their only other victory in almost a year was 3-0 over Albania in a meaningless World Cup qualifier last November.

Israel face Albania in Beersheba on Sunday, having lost 1-0 to them in their opening Nations League game on Herzog's debut in September before a 3-0 friendly loss to Northern Ireland.

Asian Cup football gets

green light for four subs

Next year's Asian Cup will allow a fourth substitute when games go to extra time, the Asian football Confederation announced on Friday.

The move follows a change to the official Laws of the Game, which was also implemented at this year's World Cup in Russia.

"I am confident the new regulations will add to the excitement of Asia's flagship national team competition and further strengthen the AFC's ambitions to be the world's leading Confederation," AFC President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement.

The same rule will also apply at the AFC U19 Championship, starting next week in Indonesia, as well as next year's AFC U19 Women's Championship and the AFC U23 Championship in Thailand in 2020, the AFC said.

In July, Russia midfielder Aleksandr Erokhin became the first player to come on as the fourth substitute at a World Cup when the hosts went to extra time against Spain.

The AFC has also said it is considering using Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology "at some stage" at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, which starts on Jan. 5. — Agencies


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