Friendlies: England do just enough to beat Solvenia; Arsenal’s RVP scores for Holland; Korea sink the Socceroos; Germany beat Bafana

England 2 – Slovenia 1 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) Slovenia more than held their own in the early exchanges at Wembley but England then benefitted from a lenient penalty decision made for a tug on Wayne Rooney’s shirt (did he take a dive?) with Frank Lampard tucking home from the spot. (First half highlights here.) The game mellowed out after the break until Spurs duo Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe combined on the end of the box and Defoe saw a shot deflect in the net for number two. The night ended on a sour note as Pecnik cruised past a defensively inept Glen Johnson to cross for Zlatan Ljubijankic to stoop in front of a sleepy Lescott and beat Green at the near post. (Second half highlights here.)

South Korea 3 – Australia 1 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The hosts went ahead after just five minutes as Park Chu-young was the beneficiary after a terrible slip in the Australian defence. Lee Chun-soo cheekily turned in the Koreans’ second after 21 minutes. The Socceroos were back in the game after 33 minutes as Leeds defender Patrick Kisnorbo headed home a Bresciano free-kick, while Seol Ki-hyeon headed home a Park Ji-sung cross four minutes from time to seal victory.

Holland 3 – Japan 0 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) Japan had the better of the opening 45 in Holland (first half highlights here), but neither side could find a breakthrough. The Orange ran out winner with two goals in the final 20 minutes, Robin van Persie smacked a shot high into the near post for the opener and Wesley Sneijder curled in a beauty into the near post in the 73rd. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wrapped up the win with a third from Elia’s cross three minutes from time.

Germany 2 – South Africa 0 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) Mario Gomez and Mesut Ozil scored either side of halftime.


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