VIDEO: Arsenal’s Fabregas (Spain) & Eboue (Ivory Coast) on target in friendlies; Italy down Sweden; Holland draw a blank; US forced to eat Danish


Austria 1 – Spain 5 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Jakob Jantscher got Austria off to a dream start stroking home the opener from just inside the Spanish box. The lead was short lived as Cesc Fabregas weaved his way through the home defence to equalise and ten minutes later David Villa put the European Champions in the lead. On the stroke of halftime Villa applied a deft touch to a cross to neatly tuck in Spain’s third into the near post. Daniel Guiza and Pablo Hernandez netted after the break as Spain ran out comfortable winners.

Germany 2 – Ivory Coast 2 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) An 11th minute penalty from Lukas Podolski handed the Germans the lead over the Ivory Coast. The Africans equalised in bizarre circumstances as Manuel Neuer had the misfortune of seeing his attempted clearance smack off of Emmanuel Eboue and into the net. Red-hot Young Boys striker Seydou Doumbia blasted the Ivorians into an 85th minute lead, but at the death Lukas Podolski popped up to net his second of the game to make it honours-even.

Italy 1 – Sweden 0 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Giorgio Chiellini bundled a cross to fire Italy into the lead over Sweden. (First half highlights here.)

Holland 0 – Paraguay 0 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) A solid performance from Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar ensured their friendly meeting with Holland in Heerenveen ended in a lacklustre goalless draw. Neither side were at their best in a match woefully short of attacking flair, but Holland may have edged the contest had Villar not kept out a handful of decent efforts from the hosts.

Denmark 3 – United States 1 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Slack defending in the Danish backline allowed Jeff Cunningham to score his first goal for the United States. Johan Absalonsen levelled two minutes into the second period and two goals in three minutes from Soren Rieks (52) and Martin Bernburg (55) put them in control.

Montenegro 1 – Belarus 0 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Mirko Vucinic scored a late goal to give Montenegro victory, the Roma striker found the net in the 81st minute with a header from a cross by Nikola Drincic.

Poland 1 – Canada 0 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Poland picked up a rare win in their current dismal state thanks to a fine shot on the turn from Maciej Rybus after 19 minutes.

Iran 1 – Macedonia 1 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Fulham’s Anderanik Teymourian slotted the Iranians into a 35th minute lead, Goran Pandev equalised for the visitors with a header early in the second half.

South Korea 0 – Serbia 1 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Giant Serb striker Nikola Zigic toe-poked a 6th minute cross to give the Eastern Europeans the win.

Iraq 1 – United Arab Emirates 0 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) A brave header from Mahdi Karim under pressure from an all-committing UAE keeper earned Iraq victory.

Honduras 1 – Peru 2 (International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Peru took the lead when Damian Ismodes whipped in a cross from Peru’s left flank and Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre sent a stooping header into his net. Honduras hit back two minutes after the break with a classy finish from striker David Suazo, who raced onto a defence-splitting pass from Ramon Nunez, rounded the keeper and slotted home. Ismodes provided another incisive cross in the 65th minute though, allowing Rainer Torres to leap above Honduras keeper Noel Valladares and head in the winner.

Denmark 1 – Serbia 3 (U21 International Friendly, November 18, 2009) Ajax’s Miralem Sulejmani struck twice in the opening 25 minutes as the visitors took control at the Lyngby Stadium. Mike Jensen pulled one back from the penalty spot before halftime, yet Marko Scepovic’s effort 14 minutes from time dealt Nicki Bille Nielsen’s charges a 3-1 defeat, their fourth in six outings.