England’s U21s see off the Czechs; Orlanda Sa hits a hat-trick for Portugal

England 2 – Czech Republic 0 (U21 International Friendly, November 18, 2008) England took the lead with a straight-forward route one goal, a long hoof ran all the way through to Frazier Campbell and the forward coolly finished. After the break Aston Villa’s Craig Gardner struck a low free-kick from distance which found its way into the bottom corner. Jamie O’Hara was then presented the chance to make it 3-nil from the spot after Campbell had been barged over, but the Spurs man saw his spot-kick saved.

Scotland 1 – Northern Ireland 3 (U21 International Friendly, November 18, 2008) Jamie Murphy gave Scotland a third minute lead, but Northern Ireland’s Josh McQuoid nipped in after 9 minutes to bring the visitors level. The Irish then took the lead as Josh McQuoid bagged his brace of the game, latching on to another long ball and racing through for a well-taken second. (First half highlights here.)

Portugal 4 – Spain 1 (U21 International Friendly, November 18, 2008) A terrible mistake by the Spanish centre-half dollied a ball into the path of Rui Fonte who put Portugal ahead. Two minutes later Daniel Parejo pulled Spain level from the penalty spot. But back came the hosts, Orlando Sa heading in a near post corner to restore the home advantage before Sa struck again just before the break with his second header of the match. Orlando Sa put the game to bed in the 56th minute with his hat-trick goal with his third header of the game.

Germany 1 – Italy 0 (U21 International Friendly, November 18, 2008) Bayern Munich’s young sensation Toni Kroos gave Germany the lead over the Azzurri firing a stunning half-volley into the top corner from 25-yards out.


Algeria 1 – Mali 1 (International Friendly, November 18, 2008) Adama Coulibaly shot Mali ahead in Algeria after 12 minutes. In the 90th minute the hosts equaliser in bizarre circumstances, Abdeslam miscued a right wing cross and the ball hit the underside of the bar and post before going in.

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