England are outclassed in Spain, Messi leads Argentina to victory in France, Germany humbled by Norway

Spain 2 – England 0 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Aston Villa pairing of Gareth Barry and Gabi Agbonlahor combined, with the forward dragging his volley wide as England pressed the European Champions. David James made a complete hash of trying to collect a looping Torres shot, the ball popping out the keeper’s grasp with Jagielka coming to the rescue. Minutes later England were behind, Alonso played in David Villa who turned Terry and Jagielka inside-out, before firing low past a hapless James. Spain scored a deserved second in the final ten minutes, Xavi whipped in a free-kick and Fernando Llorente rose powerfully to head past Robert Green.

France 0 – Argentina 2 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Argentina’s dynamite forwards of Kun Aguero and Leo Messi combined after 15 minutes in France to fashion the best of the early chances. Franck Ribery and Jonas Gutierrez both saw efforts saved as each side pushed for the opener. Minutes before the break Argentina scored, Messi broke in the box, checked, and found Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez at the back post who scored. (First half highlights here.) A disappointing second half was brightened up by a fabulous second for Maradona’s men, Tevez lead the charge before finding Leo Messi who beat his man on the way into the box before striking a wonderful winner.

Germany 0 – Norway 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Christian Grindheim claimed a famous Norwegian victory in Germany sliding home a low cross at the back post after the German defence was uncharacteristically exposed.

Portugal 1 – Finland 0 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Cristiano Ronaldo settled the match with a 78th minute penalty.

Wales 0 – Poland 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Poland’s Brazilian Roger Guerreiro won the match with a moment of pure genius ten minutes from time, pulling out a wonderful lob with the outside of his boot to beat Boaz Myhill.

Romania 1 – Croatia 2 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Ciprian Marica gave Romania the lead in the 22nd minute, Ivan Rakitic drawing Croatia level with a header from a free-kick. Eduardo da Silva came off the bench to set up the winner for Niko Kranjcar in the 75th minute.

Turkey 1 – Ivory Coast 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) A disjointed Ivorian defensive unit broke down under a period of Turkish pressure with Gokhan Unal scoring with a beautiful hit into the top corner. The victory seemed certain until Didier Drogba popped up in injury time to claim an equaliser.

Tunisia 1 – Holland 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fired the Oranje into the lead, but Jamel Saihi fired in a ripper past Maarten Stekelenburg to claim a draw.

Belgium 2 – Slovenia 0 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Daniel van Buyten met Moussa Dembele’s flick-on on the volley to give Belgium the lead over Slovenia. Five minutes from time van Buyten found himself in the right place to bag his second of the game.

Serbia 0 – Ukraine 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Ukraine broke the deadlock against Serbia with a stunning 25-yard howitzer from Serhiy Nazarenko.

Switzerland 1 – Bulgaria 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Ivelin Popov’s well-taken opener was cancelled out by Benjamin Huggel’s equaliser on the stroke of halftime.

Israel 1 – Hungary 0 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Israel dominated possession but were undone by poor passing and weak finishing in the first half (highlights here). Yossi Benayoun won the match in the 76th minute turning home Dedi Ben Dayan’s cross. (Second half highlights here.)

Austria 0 – Sweden 2 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Rasmus Elm opened the scoring with an spectacular volley 12 minutes into the second half. Six minutes later, Kim Kallstrom doubled the score with a free-kick that went in via the crossbar after a foul on striker Marcus Berg.

Greece 1 – Denmark 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) After a goalless first half in Greece, Jonas Borring fired Denmark into the lead with a low drive into the bottom corner. The former European Champions weren’t behind for too long, new Pompey recruit Theofanis Gekas equalising from close range.

Morocco 0 – Czech Republic 0 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009)

Egypt 2 – Ghana 2 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Mohammed Shawky claimed a controversial opener after the ball hit the underside of the bar and didn’t appear to cross the line. After the break the Black Stars rallied, Stephen Appiah scored from the spot before Prince Tagoe but Ghana in the lead. Egypt claimed a draw 6 minutes from time when Emad Moteab controlled a loose ball and drove past Richard Kingson from close range.

Libya 2 – Uruguay 3 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Uruguay went ahead through Villarreal midfielder Sebastian Eguren but Libya drew level in the 31st minute with a brilliant volley from Mohamed Esnani. Libya then took the lead through Osama Fazani early in the second half. But Uruguay came back strong, and goals from Jorge Martinez and Alvaro Pereira completed a late comeback.

South Africa 0 – Chile 2 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Jorge Valdivia gave Chile the lead in South Africa with a drive from the edge of the box. Sanchez doubled the advantage against the lowly Bafana Bafana.

Italy U21 1 – Sweden U21 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009)

Tunisia U21 1 – France U21 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Slack French defending failed to clear a free-kick with Abdennour eventually profitting with a back post header that gave Tunisia the lead. France hit back just before the hour mark through a back post leveller from Liverpool’s David Ngog.

Peru 0 – Paraguay 1 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009) Cristian Riveros scored the only goal of the match in the 19th minute with a powerful header from a Ubaldo Martinez corner kick.

Colombia 2 – Haiti 0 (International Friendly, February 11, 2009)


Ireland 2 – Georgia 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, February 11, 2009) Within sixty seconds Ireland were behind, Kakha Kaladze launched a ball into the box, Stephen Kelly failed to clear and Alexander Iashvili prodded the ball past Shay Given. The hosts trailed until the 73rd minute, Kevin Doyle controversially won a penalty even though the offense occured outside the box and Robbie Keane levelled from the spot. Robbie Keane completed a vital comeback scoring the winner with his shoulder in the 78th minute.

Malta 0 – Albania 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, February 11, 2009) Albania could have gone top of the group with victory, but Malta held on to pick up their first point of the qualifying campaign.


USA 2 – Mexico 0 (CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, February 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The USA continued their excellent record against Mexico on home soil and perhaps pushed Sven Goran Eriksson a little closer to a return to management in England. Michael Bradley claimed both goals whilst Rafa Marquez was sent off for a foul on Tim Howard.

El Salvador 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 2 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, February 11, 2009) Carlos Edwards scored in the 7th minute and Dwight Yorke added a penalty midway through the half to gave T&T an early advantage. But late on El Salvador rallied, earning a draw through Osael Romero’s brace in the final 11 minutes.


Japan 0 – Australia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, February 11, 2009) Australia took a major step toward qualifying for the 2010 World Cup by hold Japan to a scoreless draw that keeps the Socceroos unbeaten in their qualifying and with a 2-point lead at the top of the group.

Iran 1 – South Korea 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, February 11, 2009) Osasuna’s Javad Nekounam thought he had given Ali Daei’s side victory after converting a free-kick on the hour mark. But the South Koreans salvaged a draw, Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung levelling with header nine minutes from time after an initial free-kick was only parried by the keeper.

North Korea 1 – Saudi Arabia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, February 11, 2009) North Korea kept their World Cup dreams alive in the Kim Il Sung stadium thanks to Mun in Guk’s winner on the half hour mark.

Uzbekistan 0 – Bahrain 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, February 11, 2009) Bahrain’s faint dreams of reaching South Africa got an injury-time shot in the arm after Mahmood Abdulrahman crashed home an unstoppable 95th minute free-kick.


Lanus 1 – Guadalajara (Chivas) 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 11, 2009) Sergio Avila gave Chivas the lead in the 33rd minute before Jose Sand scored with the last kick of the game to earn Lanus a draw.

San Lorenzo 4 – San Luis 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 11, 2009) Andres Silvera scored two headers in the first 20 minutes before Gonzalo Bergessio added another to give the hosts a 3-nil halftime lead. San Luis defender Oscar Mascorro put through his own goal three minutes after the restart and Victor Lojero notched a consolation for the visitors.

Libertad 2 – Universitario Peru 1 (Copa Libertadores, February 11, 2009) Nobby Solano headed home in the 62nd minute after coming on as a halftime substitute to wipe out Manuel Maciel’s first-half opener for Libertad, before Juan Samudio struck an 83rd minute winner for the hosts.