England draw in Holland with Defoe double; Liverpool’s Torres & Riera on target for Spain; Scotland spanked in Norway; World Cup wins for Germany and France; Argi subs topple Russia; Brazil edge Estonia

Norway 4 – Scotland 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, August 12, 2009) Scotland’s hopes died in the 34th minute in Olso, Caldwell received his marching orders for a second yellow card and John Arne Riise wellied a deflected free-kick into the net. On the stroke of halftime Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen cracked home a second to leave the Tartan Army needing a miracle. The miracle unsurprisingly never arrived, and on the hour rumoured Chelsea target Erik Huseklepp tapped home from close range after John Carew saw his shot rebound off both posts. At the death Gamst Pedersen curled a wonderful free-kick into the top corner.

Azerbaijan 0 – Germany 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, August 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A sweet left-footed curler from Bastien Schweinsteiger handed Germany a 12th minute lead at Azerbaijan. Ten minutes into the second half Germany doubled their advantage when Miroslav Klose scored a rebound after Gomez had hit the bar.

Faroe Islands 0 – France 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, August 12, 2009) The French had to wait until four minutes before the break to score in the Faroe Islands, Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac spun in the box and fired a low shot in the corner.

Belarus 1 – Croatia 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, August 12, 2009) Ivica Olic scored from a Niko Kranjcar corner as Croatia moved ahead in Belarus. Croatia continued to dominate and doubled their lead when Eduardo da Silva took a pass from Darijo Srna and fired the ball in. Belarus gave themselves hope with a goal by Dimitry Verkhotsov in the 81st minute, but Olic scored again from a counter attack two minutes later.

Mexico 2 – United States 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, August 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Charlies Davies put the USA in front but ten minutes later Israel Castro equalised with a rocket of shot. Miguel Sabah scored the winner with eight minutes remaining.

Honduras 4 – Costa Rica 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, August 12, 2009) Carlos Costly scored a brace, Carlos Pavon and Melvin Valladares claimed the other two Honduras goals.

Trinidad & Tobago 1 – El Salvador 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, August 12, 2009)


Holland 2 – England 2 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The match started with a minute applause for Sir Bobby Robson and then the “Jackson Four” sang the God Save The Queen. When the football got underway a poor Rio Ferdinand backpass was intercepted by Dirk Kuyt and, after evading the Robert Green in goal the Liverpool striker fired a ball past Terry on the line. After 37 minutes England shot themselves in the foot again, Barry gave the ball away to Robben, Green saved and Rafael van der Vaart scored on the rebound. (First half highlights here.) England rallied at the start of the second half, Lampard released Jermain Defoe who scored with a classy left-footed finish in the near post. The Three Lions equalised 15 minutes from time when Jermain Defoe tucked home a James Milner cross from the left.

Republic of Ireland 0 – Australia 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Tim Cahill once again proved his goal scoring ability with two goals (first and second) and a late third from David Carney was a cracker.

Montenegro 2 – Wales 1 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Stevan Jovetic gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot, Radomir Dalovic doubled the score before Sam Vokes pulled one back.

Northern Ireland 1 – Israel 1 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Grant McCann’s fine free-kick put the home side into the lead, Elyaniv Barda equalised for Israel.

Macedonia 2 – Spain 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Spain looked dead and buried at the break as Goran Pandev scored after three minutes and the again on the half hour to leave the Macedonians in dreamland. A 50th minute Fernando Torres header started the Spain fightback after the break and Gerald Pique levelled matters after 53 minutes after a shot rebounded off the upright. The amazing turnaround was completed just two minutes later as Albert Riera rifled a stunning third into the roof of the net.

Estonia 0 – Brazil 1 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) A Brazilian counter-attack broke through the Estonian defence just before the break, Lucio played the ball to Robinho and eventually Luis Fabiano stroked in the opener.

Russia 2 – Argentina 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A slick Russian attack tore through the Argentina backline in the 17th minute and Igor Semshov was sent clean through on goal before firing a low shot in the far corner. The Argentinians began to impose themselves as the half wore on, and on the stroke of halftime Kun Aguero smacked an unstoppable swerving bullet into the top corner. (First half highlights here.) Maradona threw on Emiliano Papa and Lisandro Lopez at the break, and within sixty seconds the pair combined with Lopez put the South Americans in front. Maradona then showed the midas touch just before the hour as the coach brought on Napoli’s Jesus Datolo and within thirty seconds the striker had bagged a third. With just over ten minutes to go a deflected Roman Pavyuchenko free-kick cut the deficit by half.

Switzerland 0 – Italy 0 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Switzerland held Italy to a draw in Basel in a friendly that saw some impressive performances by the Azzurri’s debutants, but there was also an early injury for Mauro Camoranesi.

Liechtenstein 0 – Portugal 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Hugo Almeida put Portugal ahead 15 minutes in at Liechtenstein, and Raul Meireles cracked in a super second to double the lead. Hugo Almeida then put the game out of sight with a third after just 25 minutes.

South Africa 1 – Serbia 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) The game was scoreless at halftime but a super brace from Manchester United’s Zoran Tosic and a further effort from Danko Lazovic put Serbia in total control before a last minute consolation effort from Katlego Mphela restored some Bafana Bafana pride.

Czech Republic 3 – Belgium 1 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Jan Vertonghen had put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute with a left-footed swerving drive from 22-yards, before Roman Hubnik headed in the leveller 5 minutes later after goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen had saved a free-kick. Milan Baros gave the Czechs the lead when he scored from the spot in the 41st minute and David Rozehnal secured the win from close range in the 78th after the Belgian defence failed to clear a corner.

Hungary 0 – Romania 1 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Tiberiu Ghioane’s fierce strike settled the match.

Ukraine 0 – Turkey 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Boro’s Tuncay Sanli gave the visitors the lead in the 55th minute after Oleksandr Shovkovskiy failed to block the ball. Five minutes later, Servet Cetin headed in a long pass from the left, and Hamid Altintop then beat Shovkovskiy with left-footed low shot from inside the box in the 65th.

Poland 2 – Greece 0 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) French-born, and new Polish citizen Ludovic Obraniak proved the hero on his Poland debut. Obraniak deflected in a shot by Marcin Wasilewski in the 47th minute before sealing victory with his second goal of the game in the 79th.

South Korea 1 – Paraguay 0 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) The hosts had much the better of the first half (highlights here) without finding a breakthrough. Eventually the Koreans made their dominance count as Monaco forward Park Chu-young claimed an 84th minute winner.

Denmark 1 – Chile 2 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Goals from Esteban Paredes and Alexis Sanchez gave Chile a win over Denmark.

Bosnia 2 – Iran 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Edin Dzeko put the home side in control in the second half by scoring two goals at 52 and 65 minutes. Osasuna star Masoud Shojaei narrowed the gap scoring a rebound 20 minutes from time and substitute Arash Borhani equaliser from a Iman Mobali’s cross in the 86th minute. The Bosnians were then stunned as Fulham midfielder Andranik Teymourian netted the winner in stoppage time for the Iranians.

Russia U21 3 – Italy U21 2 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Alberto Paloschi took advantage of a terrible mix-up between the Russian keeper and centre-back to give Italy U21 a first half lead. The hosts turned the match around after the break with goals from Fedor Smolov and a Pavel Mamalev penalty. The match ended with a goal-flurry as Aleksandr Salugin put notched the Russian’s third before Andrea Rispoli pulled another Italian goal back in injury time.

Algeria 1 – Uruguay 0 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009) Algeria contained Uruguay’s attacks well in Algiers, and won the match when AEK striker Rafik Djebbour pounced in the 79th minute.

Egypt 3 – Guinea 3 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009)

Oman 2 – Saudi Arabia 1 (International Friendly, August 12, 2009)

Singapore 1 – China 1 (Pens. 3-4) (International Friendly, August 12, 2009)


Valencia 1 – Al Ain 1 (Pens. 3-2) (Friendly, August 11, 2009)


Atletico Mineiro 1 – Palmeiras 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, August 12, 2009)


Cerro Porteno 2 – La Paz 0 (Copa Sudamericana, August 12, 2009) Roberto Nanni and Jorge Britez scored either side of halftime to give Paraguayan club Cerro Porteno a comfortablehome win over La Paz of Bolivia.

Fluminense 0 – Flamengo 0 (Copa Sudamericana, August 12, 2009) Flamengo hit the post twice in the first 10 minutes, but neither side could break the deadlock.