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A 69th-minute winner from substitute Oleksandr Karavayev proved the difference Tuesday as Ukraine defeated Japan 2-1 in the second of two World Cup warm-ups for the Samurai Blue in Belgium.

Tomoaki Makino equalized for Japan after a Naomichi Ueda own goal put Ukraine ahead, but it was the Eastern Europeans who created the most chances on a damp afternoon in the eastern Belgium city of Liege.

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