Sweden beat Mexico in a friendly; Goals from South American & African U20 Championships; Goals from the Asian Cup 2011 qualifiers

Mexico 0 – Sweden 1 (International friendly, January 28, 2009) Sven-Goran Eriksson’s terrible record against Sweden (5 games. 2 defeats, 3 draws) continued with Mexico, Alexander Farnerud’s 18th minute strike which cannoned in off the post settled the match.


Brazil 2 – Uruguay 3 (South American Under-20 Championships, January 28, 2009) Uruguay maintained their 100% record in the competition, coming back from behind to beat Brazil. Maximiliano Cordoba opened for Uruguay after 22 minutes but Brazil turned things around through Douglas Costa and Alan Kardec. Abel Hernandez equalised four minutes after Brazil’s second goal and went on to net the winner with six minutes to play.

Paraguay 2 – Chile 1 (South American Under-20 Championships, January 28, 2009) Chile needed a win over Paraguay in order to advance, and gained confidence when Mauricio Gomez put them ahead after only five minutes. But Santander Ospina equalised in the 56th minute and added the winning goal just a minute later.


Ghana 4 – South Africa 3 (African U20 Championships, January 28, 2009) Dominic Adiyiah and Ransford Osei put Ghana 2-up. Phumelele Bhengu got South Africa back into the game on 63 minutes, only for Ghana to restore their two-goal cushion when Dede Ayew netted a minute later. Osei’s second looked to have settled the tie, but Thulani Serero and Bhengu’s penalty made it a thrilling finish.


Indonesia 0 – Australia 0 (Asian Cup 2011 Qualifying, January 28, 2009) Pim Verbeek’s rookie Australian side opened its qualifying campaign with a gritty draw against Indonesia.

Singapore 2 – Jordan 1 (Asian Cup 2011 Qualifying, January 28, 2009) Agu Casmir bagged the opener  for the hosts after 21 minutes but Jordan when Hatem Aqel made no mistakes from the penalty spot. Singapore earned the win thanks to Noh Alam Shah’s winner in the second half.

Bahrain 1 – Japan 0 (Asian Cup 2011 Qualifying, January 28, 2009) Issa’s first half header gave Bahrain victory.

Thailand 0 – Iran 0 (Asian Cup 2011 Qualifying, January 28, 2009) Peter Reid’s Thailand ground out a scoreless draw against Ali Daei’s Iran.