Holland hit Ghana for four; 10-man Cameroon fall to Portugal; Victorious Costa Rica seize upon awful Swiss defending; Kennedy squeezes Australia past Denmark

Holland 4 – Ghana 1 (International Friendly, June 1, 2010) The Dutch took just under half an hour to move ahead of Ghana, Dirk Kuyt was in the right place to convert a rebound after Van Persie had his effort saved. The Oranje army doubled their lead midway through the second period when Rafael van der Vaart scored, but the Black Stars got themselves on the scoreboard in the 78th when Asamoah Gyan capitalised on poor Dutch defending to score. The Dutch restored their two goal cushion when Wesley Sneijder scuffed a 20-yard volley from a corner that beat keeper Kingston, and a late Robin van Persie penalty put the match to bed.

Portugal 3 – Cameroon 1 (International Friendly, June 1, 2010) Portugal took a 32nd minute lead over Cameroon when Raul Meireles struck from 14-yards out, and the Africans then found themselves down to 10-men two minutes later when Inter Milan forward Samuel Eto’o saw red after kicking defender Duda where it hurts. The Indomitable Lions fell further behind minutes after the restart when Porto midfielder Raul Meireles notched his brace by embarrassing keeper Kameni by beating him at his near post. Paul Le Guen’s Cameroon showed spirit scoring in the second half, Pierre Webo steered home a header after connecting with a teasing cross from the left. The Portuguese killed the match nine minutes from time when Manchester United’s Luis Nani was freed on the right and the trickster chipped home a third for the Selecao.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s individual match highlights can be seen here.

Switzerland 0 – Costa Rica 1 (International Friendly, June 1, 2010) Switzerland created the better chances in the opening stages against Costa Rica, but as the first half (highlights here) drew to a close the Central Americans had a couple of goalscoring opportunities of their own. The Costa Ricans then broke the deadlock early in the second half when the Swiss defence were made to look like chumps by Winston Parks, the forward muscling his way past three defenders before firing home the opener against the Europeans. (Second half highlights here.)

Australia 1 – Denmark 0 (International Friendly, June 1, 2010) The Socceroos boost morale slightly in their penultimate World Cup warm-up friendly against Denmark thanks to a solitary Josh Kennedy goal 20 minutes from time, however the match as a whole was a dour affair.

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Icasa 4 – Bahia 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Icasa stunned second placed Bahia thanks to goals from Junior Xuxa (2), Sobriano and Marciano.

Portuguesa 1 – America 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Paulo Sergio sidefooted home the only goal of the match with three minutes remaining, Portuguesa were down to nine men by this time.

Sao Caetano 5 – Nautico 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Two goals in the opening three minutes from Artur and Kleber all but sealed the win. Eduardo added a hat-trick, two of the goals coming from the penalty spot.

Vila Nova 0 – Santo Andre 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Alflen bagged a brace and Richerly the other to secure the win for the away side.

Coritiba 2 – Ponte Preta 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Coritiba moved up to seventh thanks to goals from Rafinha and Nuelpan. Reis pulled one back with two minutes to go.

Sport 1 – Parana 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Sport claimed their first win of the campaign thanks to a sidefooted winner from Ciro.

Bragantino 2 – Brasiliense 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Poor goalkeeping allowed the away side to take a two-goal lead through Beto and Bebeto. Two goals in a minute from Bueno and Perez evened things up.

Figueirense 6 – ASA 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) Goals from Coutinho (2), Nicaio, Mateus, Lucas (the best of the lot) and Heber sealed an emphatic win.

Ipatinga 3 – Guaratingueta 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, June 1, 2010) The opener from Francismar was a fine long-range free-kick. Mineiro and Dias also got on the scoresheet.


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