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.