Celtic beat St Pauli in friendly; France’s Kitambala scores an incredible overhead-volley to kick off the Toulon Tournament in style; Ivory Coast breeze past Japan; England U17s see off Czechs

St. Pauli 0 – Celtic 2 (Club Friendly, May 18, 2010) Paddy McCourt dazzled spectators for the opener, flying down the left-hand side to slot the ball way in the back of the far netting. Morten Rasmussen added to the tally and killed off the tie his own, having received a fine cross from Marc-Antoine Fortune, slip and turn left in the box to wrong-foot the keeper.

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South Africa 4 – Thailand 0 (International Friendly, May 16, 2010) Siphiwe Tshabalala curled in the opener from a 22nd-minute free-kick which beat the Thai keeper t his near post. Tshabalala turned provider for the second with his corner finding Bongani Khumalo, whose goalbound header was turned home by Katlego Mphela. Mphela grabbed his second three minutes later after the impressive Tshabalala backheeled the ball to Teko Modise, who played in Mphela to beat Kawin in fortuitous style. Bernard Parker struck with a low finish in stoppage time to ensure Bafana Bafana matched their biggest ever international victory.

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France 2 – Colombia 0 (U20 Toulon Tournament, May 18, 2010) France sparkled in their opening match of the games, Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin crashed home a 20-yard opener for the French before Auxerre forward Lynel Kitambala stole the headlines with an incredible overhead volley a minute into the second half.

Ivory Coast 3 – Japan 0 (U20 Toulon Tournament, May 18, 2010) Anderlecht midfielder Bakary Sare took advantage of a horrible defensive slip-up after up two minutes to fire the Africans in front. Former Charlton loanee Serge Deble notched the Elephants’ second from the penalty spot, while a super solo goal from Monaco forward Yannick Sagbo after the break wrapped up the win for the Ivorians.

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Portugal 3 – Holland 1 (U21 International Friendly, May 18, 2010) Orlando Sa put the Selecao 1-up after just three minutes and the young Porto striker notched his team’s second from close range just four minutes later. Daniel Candeias put the Portuguese 3-up ten minutes before the break, with Ajax’s Siem De Jong heading home a consolation in the second half.

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England 3 – Czech Republic 1 (U17 European Championships, May 18, 2010) The Young Lions fell behind when Jakub Plsek found himself unmarked inside the box to head the Czechs into the lead from a Tomas Ceslak free-kick. Ross Barkley equalised after 20 minutes, rifling home a loose ball following a Will Keane cross. On 68 minutes Josh McEachran finished off a move he started, by confidently lifting the ball over the goalie from close range, before Benik Afobe made it 3-1 firing in England’s third goal of the game with a deflected strike.

France 1 – Spain 2 (U17 European Championships, May 18, 2010) Juan Bernat headed Spain into a 24th minute lead, but a brilliant volley on the run from Anthony Koura pulled Les Bleus level just after the hour. Spanish captain Paco won the match in the 73rd minute with a deft flick from a dangerous cross into the mixer.

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Libertad 2 – Chivas 0 (Agg. 2-3) (Copa Libertadores quarter-finals second-leg, May 18, 2010) Adalberto Roman opened the scoring for Libertad in the 20th minute and Manuel Macias added a second in the 68th, but Chivas hung on to advance to the semi-finals.