Rooney stars as England beat the Platinum Stars 3-nil; Brazil batter Tanzania 5-1

Platinum Stars 0 – England 3 (International Friendly, June 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) England needed just two minutes to open the scoring in their final warm up match against the Platinum Stars, captain Steven Gerrard was the provider and his right-sided cut-back was tapped home by Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe. England then had a major let-off minutes later after Glen Johnson gave away a reckless penalty but Bradley Grobler fluffed his opportunity from 12-yards as he blazed his penalty high over Joe Hart’s crossbar. England doubled their lead early in the second half when Rooney beat two players on the right before teeing up Joe Cole who buried the ball in the bottom corner. Wayne Rooney then scored his first England goal of the summer to make it 3-nil, the Manchester United striker crashing home a classy shot after good work from James Milner down the left.

Post match interviews: Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Dawson & Jermain Defoe.

Tanzania 1 – Brazil 5 (International Friendly, June 7, 2010) Tanzania survived nine minutes before conceding to Brazil, the Africans failed to defend purposefully on the edge of their box allowing Kaka to play in Robinho who coolly slotted past the keeper. The Samba Boys soon increased their advantage as Michel Bastos cross for Robinho who had the simple job of nodding the ball over the line from close range. In the 53rd minute Brazil went 3-up courtesy of a superb solo effort from Ramires, the midfielder collected the ball 30-yards from goal, raced forward and thundered a beauty into the far corner. Fifteen minutes from time Brazil notched a fourth when a sweeping team attack was finished by Kaka. Tanzania did have something to cheer about in the 86th minute when Jabir Aziz steered a fine header into the far post when he was left unmarked from a corner, but Brazil had the final say when Ramires notched a fifth.

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MyPa 1 – KuPS Kupio 1 (Veikkausliiga, June 7, 2010) MyPa midfielder Konsta Hietanen opened the scoring with a fine volley from outside the box.

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Haras El Hodood 1 – Al Ahly 1* (Egyptian Cup final, June 7, 2010) The Cairo giants won out on a penalty shoot out after equalising with two minutes left on the clock.