RVP bags a brace as Holland beat Mexico; Valbuena scores on debut as France beat Costa Rica

Holland 2 – Mexico 1 (International Friendly, May 26, 2010) After a succession of early chances, Holland took the lead through Robin van Persie who produced a fine right footed finish from an excellent ball in by Van der Vaart. Four minutes before half time Robin van Persie doubled Holland’s lead with a left footed volley from an excellent cross field ball by the impressive Afellay. (First half highlights here.) With 16 minutes remaining new Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez pulled a goal back with a header from a Torres cross.

France 2 – Costa Rica 1 (International Friendly, May 26, 2010 Carlos Hernandez gave Costa Rica a surprise lead in the 12th minute with a low drive from outside the box. Franck Ribery equalised ten minutes later with a deflected effort after Gourcuff had played him in. Substitute Mathieu Valbuena found a way through from long range as Raymond Domenech’s side deservedly emerged victorious.

Turkey 2 – Northern Ireland 0 (International Friendly, May 26, 2010) Second half goals from Sercan Yildirim and Semih Senturk gave Turkey a comfortable win over an under strength Northern Ireland side.

Estonia 0 – Croatia 0 (International Friendly, May 26, 2010) Despite fielding a much stronger side on paper, Bilic’s men couldn’t find a way through Tarmo Ruutli’s gritty side.

Uruguay 4 – Israel 1 (International Friendly, May 26, 2010) Uruguay showed their attacking qualities once again with a convincing win over Israel managed by Luis Fernandez for the first time. Diego Forlan opened the scoring only for Lior Rafaelov to equalise on the half hour. Alvaro Pereira restored Uruguay’s lead at the break and a brace of second half tap-ins from Sebastian Abreu secured the victory.

Chile 3 – Zambia 0 (International Friendly, May 26, 2010) Alexis Sanchez netted a brace and Jorge Valdivia bagged a third as Chile strolled to victory.


DC United 3 – AC Milan 2 (Club Friendly, May 26, 2010) Luciano Emilio put DC United ahead in the 20th minute, and Chris Pontius headed in Santino Quaranta’s corner in the 30th. Danny Allsopp got credit for a goal in the 61st when goalkeeper Christian Abbiati attempted a sliding save, only to deflect the ball off the United player’s shin and into the net. Milan substitute Massimo Oddo helped save the Rossoneri’s face a little by scoring twice in a four-minute span, converting a penalty in the 70th and converting a long-range shot in the 74th.


Fluminense 2 – Flamengo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 26, 2010) Fluminense won the big Rio derby thanks to goals from Rodriguinho and Conca. Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno reduced the arrears late on with an excellent free-kick.

Gremio 2 – Corinthians 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 26, 2010) Wanderley Junior gave the home side a 1-0 lead after 18 minutes before William’s leveller shortly after the half-hour mark. Diego restored Gremio’s lead a minute before the break, only for Denis’ 73rd-minute howler to gift the Sao Paulo outfit a point from the encounter.

Santos 3 – Guarani 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 26, 2010) Santos had been heading for just a point at 1-1 after Dermival Baiano cancelled out Neymar’s opener, until goals in the 85th and 88th minutes from substitute Marcel and Andre wrapped up an important win.

Cruzeiro 1 – Botafogo 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 26, 2010) Third-placed Cruzeiro beat Botafogo 1-0 thanks to Thiago Ribeiro’s 18th-minute strike.

Sao Paulo 1 – Palmeiras 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 26, 2010) Fernandao’s 55th minute effort proved the difference between the sides.

Gremio 3 – Avai 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 26, 2010)

Vitoria 4 – Atletico Mineiro 3 (Campeonato Brasileiro, May 26, 2010)