England 3 – Egypt 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer official highlights here and Extended highlights here.) Wembley was stunned after 22 minutes against Egypt as the African Cup of Nations champions took the lead when Mohamed Zidan took advantage of Upson’s slip and fired his shot past Green. The Three Lions levelled in the 57th minute when an incisive attack involving Gerrard and Barry was finished off by sub Peter Crouch from 6-yards. England got their noses in front 15 minutes from time when a cross from Baines was whacked on target by Barry, El Hadary parried the shot but Shaun Wright-Phillips was on hand to power home the rebound. England added a third for good measure, Wright-Phillips crossed from the right and Crouch (offside) tucked home his second of the match.
Germany 0 – Argentina 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The highly-prized Benfica forward Angel di Maria almost opened the socring when he weaved past three German defenders only to see his shot strike the bar and stay out. German keeper Rene Adler was at fault for conceding the opener to the Argentine’s the keeper raced out his goal to try and beat Gonzalo Higuain to the ball, he failed, and the Real Madrid striker rolled the ball into the net.
France 0 – Spain 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Spain’s international goalscorer extraordinaire David Villa scored yet another tidy goal to hand the visitors the lead in France, coolly placing his shot past Lloris from 18-yards. Spain doubled their lead through Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, the full-back breaking into the box before cutting inside of Escude and seeing his shot deflect off the defender and past Lloris.
Holland 2 – United States 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) A poor tackle from Holland and City’s Nigel de Jong took out Bolton and the United States’ midfielder Stuart Holden in the first half which forced the promising star to withdraw. The Dutch took the lead five minutes from the break when Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt confidently dispatched a penalty. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar added a second for the hosts in the 73rd minute, Carlos Bocanegra bagged a late consolation for the Americans.
Belgium 0 – Croatia 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The talented young Belgians were beaten courtesy of a goal from Tottenham’s Niko Krancjar, the playmaker broke down the left, cut inside on his right and unleashed a stunning 30-yarder that ripped keeper Logan Bailly.
Italy 0 – Cameroon 0 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Lippi used the friendly in Monte Carlo to try out some of his fringe players and despite his team dominating the encounter, they were unable to find the finishing touch.
Hungary 1 – Russia 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Vilmos Vanczak fired the hosts into the lead five minutes from the break (first half highlights here), Everton’s Diniyar Bilyaletdinov pulling the Russians level pouncing from close range from an early second half corner.
Albania 1 – Northern Ireland 0 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) A stunning free-kick from Ervin Skela earned the Albanians victory.
Portugal 2 – China 0 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to the Portugal side after injury by setting up the opener for Almeida on 36 minutes. Portugal finally made the game safe in the closing seconds when Liedson deflected Joao Moutinho’s shot into the net.
Romania 0 – Israel 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) On a heavy pitch, the Israeli took the lead on the stroke of halftime with a brilliant goal from Yossi Benayoun, the Liverpool midfielder played a one-two with Scheter on the edge of the box before stroking a shot into the far corner. Eliyaniv Barda sealed the excellent away win with a retaken spot-kick.
Algeria 0 – Serbia 3 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Ajax’s Marko Pantelic got the ball rolling for the Serbs on the quarter hour, Zdravko Kuzmanovic cracking in the second 10 minutes into the second half. Former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic sealed the win with a third in the 64th.
Austria 2 – Denmark 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Austria were ahead after 12 minutes, with Franz Schiemer heading in after a free-kick from the left, but the lead lasted just five minutes, as Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner got his head to a corner. Denmark looked marginally the better side at that point, but Austria regained control of the game when Roman Wallner struck eight minutes before the interval.
Bosnia 2 – Ghana 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Bosnia fell behind at home to Ghana when Sulley Muntari curled a cute shot into the far corner from the edge of the box after 22 minutes. The hosts hit back five minutes from the break when their superb strikers Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic combined for the Hoffenheim striker to strike the equaliser into the far post. Midway through the second half the exciting Bosnians took the lead when Lyon’s Miralem Pjanic scored with a 25-yarder that escaped the grips of keeper Kingston.
Ivory Coast 0 – South Korea 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Lee Dong-gook’s fine volley after just four minutes set South Korea on their way to victory over managerless Ivory Coast at Loftus Road. Kwak Tae-hwi’s 90th minute header sealed a fine win for the Koreans, and left the Elephants looking extremely shaky just 99 days before the World Cup kicks-off.
Poland 2 – Bulgaria 0 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Goals in each half from Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lech Poznan star Robert Lewandowski sealed a solid home win for the Poles.
Slovakia 0 – Norway 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Slovakia’s World Cup preparations hit a setback with a home loss to Norway, Morten Moldskred bagging the winner in the 66th minute for the Scandinavians.
Greece 0 – Senegal 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) A fine solo goal from Marseille captain Mamadou Niang and a second from Guirane NDaw (a thunderous free-kick) inside the final 20 minutes earned the Africans a fine away win in Greece.
Switzerland 1 – Uruguay 3 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Midfielder Gokhan Inler put the Swiss ahead just before the half hour with a penalty awarded for a foul on Marco Streller but Diego Forlan volleyed an equaliser in the 34th minute from Alvaro Pereira’s left cross. Striker Luis Suarez gave Uruguay the lead four minutes after half-time when he latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and substitute Edinson Cavani secured the win in the 87th minute.
Macedonia 2 – Montenegro 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Ilco Naumoski headed in the opener off a pass from Ace Stojkov in the 28th minute, and Goran Pandev made it 2-0 in the 31st, drilling a shot past Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic. Marko Basa pulled a goal back for the visitors, heading in a corner past Macedonia ‘keeper Tome Pacovski in the 61st.
Slovenia 4 – Qatar 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Slovenia was aggressive from the start, with Milivoje Novakovic opening the scoring in the 13th minute and Bostjan Cesar adding a second in the 30th after collecting a pass from Andraz Kirm, who then made it 3-0 just four minutes later. Brazilian-born player Fabio Montesin pulled a goal back for Qatar just before halftime but Bojan Jokic ended any hopes of a Qatar comeback with Slovenia’s fourth in the 67th minute.
Luxembourg 1 – Azerbaijan 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Farid Guliyev opened the scoring in the 28th minute with his debut goal for Azerbaijan. The hosts levelled through Jeff Strasser’s wonderful free-kick, but Berti Vogts’ Azerbaijanis bagged their second consecutive away victory thanks to Elvin Mammadov shot just before the interval.
Portugal 7 – Wales 2 (U23 International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Bolton striker Ricardo Vaz Te bagged a brace in the hammering of the Welsh youngsters.
Australia 1 – Indonesia 0 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, March 3, 2010) Defender Mark Milligan begged the only goal minutes before the halftime interval, as the centre-half shouldered a Wilshere free-kick on to the crossbar before swiveling on a sixpence and smacking the ball over the line.
Japan 2 – Bahrain 0 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, March 3, 2010) Striker Shinji Okazaki continued his amazing goalscoring record to claim his 17th goal in 25 international games when he headed home the opener in the 36th minute. Rising star Keisuke Honda sealed the win with a diving header in injury-time.
Iran 1 – Thailand 0 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, March 3, 2010) An injury time winning header from Osasuna forward Javad Nekounam shot down Bryan Robson’s stubborn Thais.
Syria 4 – Lebanon 0 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, March 3, 2010) Goals from Mohammad Al Zino, Abdulfatah Al Agha, Jehad Al Hussien and Abdul Razak Al Housain lead Syria to a comfortable home win.
Uzbekistan 0 – UAE 1 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, March 3, 2010)
Jordan 2 – Singapore 1 (2011 Asian Cup qualifier, March 3, 2010)
England 1 – Greece 2 (U21 European Championship qualifier, March 3, 2010) England’s Young Lions fell behind in Greece midway through the first half when slack marking from a corner allowed Papadopoulos Kyriakos to bundle the ball over the line. More poor defending from England gifted Papadopoulos Ioannis a second at the start of the second half, Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso netting a consolation at the death.
Spain 3 – Liechtenstein 1 (U21 European Championship qualifier, March 2, 2010) Getafeâ€™s Dani Parejo opened the scoring with a wonderful free-kick from 30-yards. Burak Eris pulled the visitors level, before Adrian and a Diego Capel penalty earned Spain the three points.
San Marino 0 – Northern Ireland 3 (U21 European Championship qualifier, March 2, 2010) Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood put the visitors ahead on 24 minutes and Port Vale’s James Lawrie doubled the lead 14 minutes later. Norwood sealed the points for Steve Beaglehole’s team with the third after 78 minutes.
Tigre 0 – Independiente 1 (Argentinean Clausura, March 3, 2010) Independiente lurk in second place after a 1-0 win away to Tigre, with Nestor Silvera getting the 57th minute winner.
Godoy Cruz 2 – Lanus 1 (Argentinean Clausura, March 3, 2010) Jairo Castillo put Godoy ahead after 36 minutes but Santiago Salcedo hauled Lanus level in the 57th minute. However Godoy Cruz, who were not expected to be among the championship’s front-runners, moved to the top of the table when midfielder Carlos Sanchez netted 17 minutes from the end.
Estudiantes 0 – Argentinos Juniors 1 (Argentinean Clausura, March 3, 2010) Argentinos beat Estudiantes with 39-year-old Jose Luis Calderon scoring after 33 minutes against his former club.
Monte Azul 1 – Mirassol 2 (Campeonato Paulista, March 3, 2010)
Bragantino 2 – Sao Caetano 3 (Campeonato Paulista, March 3, 2010)
Barueri 2 – Rio Branco 0 (Campeonato Paulista, March 3, 2010)
Sertaozinho 2 – Mogi Mirim 3 (Campeonato Paulista, March 3, 2010)
Portuguesa 3 – Rio Claro 1 (Campeonato Paulista, March 3, 2010)