Japan, Iran, Qatar keep Asian flag flying after Australia’s heroics

Japan notched a 2-0 win over Tunisia in new head coach Vahid Halihodzic's first match in charge.

A new-look Japan took the field on Friday night in Valid Halilhodzic's first game in charge, yet it was the old guard who came off the bench in Oita to secure a 2-0 win over Tunisia. It was a solid result and a satisfactory performance.
The Bosnian, who led Algeria to the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup, had promised to shake up a team that has looked in need of exactly that over the past few months. There were only two survivors from the 11 that started the last game, the quarterfinal of the 2015…

Chicharito Hernandez and Jesus Corona lead Mexico over Ecuador

Mexico's Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez spoke to ESPN FC's John Sutcliffe following his side's international friendly win over Ecuador, and noted the importance of team development in these types of matches.

Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera will no doubt be encouraged in general by what he observed in Mexico's 1-0 friendly victory over Ecuador in Los Angeles, but there are some elements that will remind him there is still much for the team to improve.

With two tournaments coming up that require different rosters in short order, though, Herrera has some tough choices to make. Others should be easier. Here are three things to take away from the Ecuador game.

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Jose de Jesus Corona the hero in goal as Mexico edge out Ecuador

Mexico were victorious over Ecuador in their international friendly, as Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's first half goal proved the difference.

It was Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's goal and Jose de Jesus Corona's penalty save that saw Mexico past Ecuador in an end-to-end thriller of an international friendly.

Mexico scraped by Ecuador on Saturday night with a narrow 1-0 victory at a sold-out match at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Thanks to a massive performance from goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona — and a goal from striker Javier Hernandez — El Tri will start 2015 with a victory in hand.
Despite the win, there are still a few defensive and midfield problems that Mexico manager Miguel "Piojo" Herrera must address before the summer. El Tri will partake in the Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments in just…