Turkey beat Honduras; Ghana lose in Bosnia; Managerless Ivorians lose to South Korea; Away wins for Norway, Senegal & Uruguay

Turkey 2 – Honduras 0 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Emre bundled home a corner to put Turkey into a halftime lead over Honduras. Hamit Altintop bagged a second to seal Turkey’s victory.

Bosnia 2 – Ghana 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Bosnia fell behind at home to Ghana when Sulley Muntari curled a cute shot into the far corner from the edge of the box after 22 minutes. The hosts hit back five minutes from the break when their superb strikers Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic combined for the Hoffenheim striker to strike the equaliser into the far post. Midway through the second half the exciting Bosnians took the lead when Lyon’s Miralem Pjanic scored with a 25-yarder that escaped the grips of keeper Kingston.

Ivory Coast 0 – South Korea 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Lee Dong-gook’s fine volley after just four minutes set South Korea on their way to victory over managerless Ivory Coast at Loftus Road. Kwak Tae-hwi’s 90th minute header sealed a fine win for the Koreans, and left the Elephants looking extremely shaky just 99 days before the World Cup kicks-off.

Poland 2 – Bulgaria 0 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Goals in each half from Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lech Poznan star Robert Lewandowski sealed a solid home win for the Poles.

Slovakia 0 – Norway 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Slovakia’s World Cup preparations hit a setback with a home loss to Norway, Morten Moldskred bagging the winner in the 66th minute for the Scandinavians.

Greece 0 – Senegal 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) A fine solo goal from Marseille captain Mamadou Niang and a second from Guirane NDaw (a thunderous free-kick) inside the final 20 minutes earned the Africans a fine away win in Greece.

Switzerland 1 – Uruguay 3 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Midfielder Gokhan Inler put the Swiss ahead just before the half hour with a penalty awarded for a foul on Marco Streller but Diego Forlan volleyed an equaliser in the 34th minute from Alvaro Pereira’s left cross. Striker Luis Suarez gave Uruguay the lead four minutes after half-time when he latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and substitute Edinson Cavani secured the win in the 87th minute.

Macedonia 2 – Montenegro 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Ilco Naumoski headed in the opener off a pass from Ace Stojkov in the 28th minute, and Goran Pandev made it 2-0 in the 31st, drilling a shot past Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic. Marko Basa pulled a goal back for the visitors, heading in a corner past Macedonia ‘keeper Tome Pacovski in the 61st.

Slovenia 4 – Qatar 1 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Slovenia was aggressive from the start, with Milivoje Novakovic opening the scoring in the 13th minute and Bostjan Cesar adding a second in the 30th after collecting a pass from Andraz Kirm, who then made it 3-0 just four minutes later. Brazilian-born player Fabio Montesin pulled a goal back for Qatar just before halftime but Bojan Jokic ended any hopes of a Qatar comeback with Slovenia’s fourth in the 67th minute.

Luxembourg 1 – Azerbaijan 2 (International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Farid Guliyev opened the scoring in the 28th minute with his debut goal for Azerbaijan. The hosts levelled through Jeff Strasser’s wonderful free-kick, but Berti Vogts’ Azerbaijanis bagged their second consecutive away victory thanks to Elvin Mammadov shot just before the interval.

Portugal 7 – Wales 2 (U23 International Friendly, March 3, 2010) Bolton striker Ricardo Vaz Te bagged a brace in the hammering of the Welsh youngsters.


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