Schweinsteiger’s double helps Germany past Bosnia; Mexico defeat lacklustre Italy; Spain edge South Korea in unconvincing display

Germany 3 – Bosnia 1 (International Friendly, June 3, 2010) After Lukas Podolski cracked a beauty against the bar, Bosnia took a freak lead away at Germany when super-striker Edin Dzeko chased down a ball into the box and managed to deflect Lahm’s attempted clearance over Neuer and into the net. Germany levelled five minutes into the second half and it was Philipp Lahm who made amends, the right-back collected the ball 30-yards out, advanced and whacked a beauty off the underside of the bar. Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been earmarked by manager Jogi Loew as being the successor to Michael Ballack, steered Germany in the 73rd minute when he converted from the spot. Four minutes later Schweinsteiger chalked up his second spot-kick to put the Germans 3-1 up.

Italy 1 – Mexico 2 (International Friendly, June 3, 2010) Although Vincenzo Iaquinta headed against the crossbar early doors, Italy looked well out of sorts in the first half against Mexico and it was El Tri who broke the deadlock when a brilliant Dos Santos ball into the box found Arsenal’s Carlos Vela in space and the forward steered his shot past Buffon. A poor result for the Azzurri was sealed six minutes from time when Blanco’s brilliant chipped pass freed Alberto Medina who raced onto the through-ball and lashed home a second for the Mexicans. The Italians did have some late joy however as Bari defender Leonardo Bonucci pulled a late goal back for Lippi’s men.

South Korea 0 – Spain 1 (International Friendly, June 3, 2010) Despite Cesc Fabregas hitting the bar, European champions Spain struggled to dominate the match with South Korea in the first half (highlights here). The Koreans could have taken the lead in the 66th minute but striker Park Chu-young was in the wrong place as he blocked Ki Sung-yueng’s powerful drive with his forehead. The Spanish did however run out winners late in the second half when Jesus Navas scored his first international goal with a brilliant 25-yarder into the top corner.

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Hammarby 3 – Trelleborg 1 (Svenska Cupen, June 3, 2010) Simon Helg put the home side in front on four minutes. Marcus Pode equalised on 51 only for Helg to bag his second of the game six minutes later, Sebastian Bojassen completed the victory nine minutes from time.

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Corinthians 2 – Internacional 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 3, 2010) Roberto Carlos was fortunate to see his penalty pushed into the net for the opener on 38 minutes. Another veteran in Larley completed the win.

Gremio 2 – Atletico MG 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 3, 2010) Hugo gave the home side the lead only for Ricardinho to equalise with a deflected effort. Fifteen minutes into the second half Hugo bagged his second of the match to secure all three points for Gremio.

Vasco 0 – Guarani 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro, June 3, 2010) Three minutes into injury time of the second half, Roger produced a tidy finish to tun the hosts.

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Deportivo Cuenca 1 – Deportivo Quito 0 (Ecuador Apertura, June 3, 2010) After the hosts conspired to miss an open goal at the end of the first half, Luis Escalada’s header at the start of the second period earned Cuenca the points.


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