Italy recover from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Brazil thanks to Super Mario howitzer

Italy 2 – Brazil 2 (International Friendly, March 21, 2013) (Alternative highlights & longer highlights.) Fred broke the deadlock with a side foot volley at the back post. Oscar made it 2-0 with an impudent flick past Buffon after a delayed Neymar pass. Italy pulled it back with two excellent goals. A back heel from Daniele De Rossi and a sensational strike from Mario Balotelli.

Buffon saves from Neymar.

Julio Cesar saves from Mario Balotelli.

Julio Cesar saves again v Italy.

Andrea Pirlo hits Neymar in the face.

Andrea Pirlo’s glorious pass v Brazil.

GIF: Fred goal v Italy.

GIF: Oscar scores Brazil’s second v Italy.

GIF: Daniele De Rossi back heel goal v Brazil.

GIF. Super Mario Balotelli whacks one into the top corner v Brazil.

Mario Balotelli goal v Brazil (High quality video).

LOLZ! Hulk forgets about the ball when in on goal v Italy!

Zaha, Robinson & Delfouneso guide England U21s to comfortable win over Romania

England 3 – Romania 0 (U21 International Friendly, March 21, 2013) Wilfried Zaha fired England U21s ahead. Jack Robinson claimed the second. Nathan Delfouneso added the third to complete the win.

GIF: Wilfried Zaha puts England U21s in front v Romania.

GIF: Alternative angle on Wilfried Zaha goal v Romania U21s.

GIF: Sensational Wilfried Zaha run v Romania U21s.

Wilfried Zaha interview post 1st England U21s goal v Romania.

Luis Suarez puts bad tackle in on Liverpool Ladies player during training

“You can lose some things, but you can never lose the slyness, the passion that you have had since you were a kid playing in the street. If I didn’t have the character that I have today on the pitch, I don’t think that I would have become the player that I am today.” – Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez.

This clip will likely be taken two ways, depending on your point of view about Luis Suarez. There is no in between right?!

Either “Luis Suarez is a winner and would tackle his own grandmother if it helped his team. Liverpool are lucky to have him.”

Or, “Luis Suarez is sexist as well as an alleged racist. The Uruguayan is a blight upon the English game.”

The video below comes from a joint training session between the Liverpool men and ladies teams ahead of the new Super League season.

With all the speculation that has been rife about Luis Suarez’s future at Anfield over the past 24 hours, at least the former Ajax forward has shown he is committed to the cause…

Chelsea starlet Oscar scores for 3rd time past Gianluigi Buffon this season

Since joining from Internacional, Oscar has made a lot of things look remarkably easy during his time at Chelsea.

It appears that whilst many of the top strikers in Europe struggle to beat Juventus and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon, undoubtedly one of the all-time great custodians, Oscar has no problem whatsoever.

To recap, Oscar scored twice past Buffon in September when Chelsea drew 2-2 with The Old Lady at Stamford Bridge.

Tonight, as Brazil raced into a 2-0 lead, Oscar claimed the second with an excellent finish that almost took the mickey out of Buffon, so easy did he flick it past the Italian keeper.

Jokes then abounded how Buffon must have nightmares about Oscar and incredibly they will likely face each other again in June at the Confederations Cup.

All three Oscar goals past Buffon this season, of which the trio are all absolutely excellent, can be seen below.

The best Tweets on Mario Balotelli’s Golazo for Italy v Brazil

It was already a good friendly, but it arguably became one of the best international friendlies of recent times when Mario Balotelli smacked a howitzer past Julio Cesar for Italy 2 – Brazil 2.

What went before the Balotelli Golazo was good, including a love Brazil second featuring youngsters Neymar and Oscar as well as an excellent back heel Daniele De Rossi goal for Italy’s first.

As ever, Twitter was on hand, on its seventh birthday, to give multiple instant reactions from the great and good of the football punditry world.

Here are the best Tweets on Super Mario’s stunning strike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Video] Manchester United bound Wilfried Zaha scores cracker for England U21s

Wilfried Zaha continued his ascent this season with an excellent performance for England Under-21s in their 3-0 victory over Romania this evening.

The Crystal Palace winger/forward, who will join Manchester United in the summer, opened the scoring with a fine run and finish in the 34th minute.

It seems increasingly likely that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has pulled off yet another coup by securing Zaha ahead of a host of other interested Premier League sides.

Zaha was a box of tricks all night and some of the skills on this GIF have to be seen to be believed and will no doubt excite even Manchester United fans used to watching some of the best footballers in the world.

Wilfried Zaha’s fine goal for England Under-21s v Romania is below.