Japan 2 Uruguay 4 match report: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa on target during international friendly

Suarez hits the headlines for the right reasons as South Americans run-out easy winners in Rifu

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Luis Suarez was on target for Uruguay in their 4-2 international friendly victory against Japan earlier today in what was a break from the constant transfer speculation that has surrounded the striker throughout the summer.

The 26-year-old has been demanding for a move away from Anfield in recent weeks, but made an astonishing U-turn after he claimed he wants to stay at the club due to the fans admiration of him – at least for now.

Suarez scored the South Americans third goal after a Diego Forlan double gave them a comfortable lead at the Miyagi Stadium, with Manchester United attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa replying for the hosts to give them a faint glimmer of hope of a potential comeback.

Those hopes were dashed though when Alvaro Gonzalez added a fourth, although Keisuke Honda finished the scoring when he added Japan’s second in the 71st minute.

Suarez also got the assist for Forlan’s opening goal, and the forward will have been pleased to do his talking on the pitch after a couple of weeks in which he has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

He played the full 90 minutes in the absence of new Paris Saint-Germain signing Edinson Cavani, as did new West Brom signing Diego Lugano. Suarez’s Anfield team-mate Sebastian Coates came off the bench late-on make a brief cameo as the Premier League was well represented in the day’s early game.