Germany down Brazil, Italy slay Spain
Germany claimed an impressive 3-2 scalp of Brazil in Wednesday night’s international friendly in Stuttgart.
The impressive Bastian Schweinsteiger opened the scoring from the penalty spot for Germany before Mario Gotze doubled their lead, capping off a fine attacking move.
Robinho reduced the deficit on 72 minutes, slotting home a spot-kick, but Andre Schurrle restored Germany’s two-goal advantage as he lashed into the top corner before Neymar scored a curled consolation.
Italy secured a notable 2-1 triumph over Spain. Riccardo Montolivo broke the deadlock on 11 minutes, but Spain restored parity before the break as Xabi Alonso kept his cool from the penalty spot.
However, with six minutes left on the clock, Alberto Aquilani scored the winning goal versus the European and world champions, who saw striker Fernando Torres substituted in the first half due to a head injury.
France were denied a success by Chile after Cordova cancelled out Loic Remy’s opening goal in a 1-1 draw. Elsewhere, Fulham’s summer signing John Arne Riise was on target for Norway as they beat Czech Republic 3-0.
Two goals from Shinji Kagawa and an effort from Keisuke Honda ensured Japan defeated rivals South Korea 3-0 in Sapporo, in a game that saw late defender Naoki Matsuda remebered with a minute’s silence. Russia, meanwhile, edged out Serbia 1-0 thanks to a strike from Pavel Pogrebniak.
Tim Cahill was among the goals as Australia downed Wales 2-1, while Republic of Ireland played out a goalless draw against Croatia, for whom Luka Modric featured.
Scotland recorded an impressice 2-1 win over Denmark thanks to an own goal by William Kvist and a first international strike for Robert Snodgrass.
Ivory Coast played out a seven-goal cracker against Israel, triumphing 4-3 as Didier Drogba scored his 50th international goal. For Sweden, meanwhile, Tobias Hysen’s goal proved decisive in a 1-0 win against Ukraine.
Colin Kazim-Richards helped himself to a brace as Turkey eased to a 3-0 triumph over Estonia, with Belozoglu Emre also on target from the penalty spot.
Recent Manchester City addition Stefan Savic scored twice for Montenegro but was on the losing side as Albania emerged 3-2 victors.
Portugal thumped Luxembourg 5-0 in their friendly outing. Helder Postiga got the ball rolling with a strike on 23 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo got in on the scoring act.
Real Madrid new boy Fabio Coentrao made it 3-0 and then Hugo Almeida netted a brace to seal a convincing success.