Late substitute Naomichi Ueda struck an injury-time header to clinch a 1-0 friendly win for Japan over Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

After being brought on in the 89th minute, the center back for Belgian side Cercle Brugge delivered the winner two minutes later, meeting Gaku Shibasaki's long free kick near the back post for his first international goal.

"I thought there might be a chance from the set play, and it was a great ball. Gaku hit it well," Ueda said.