A Round-Up of Tonight's International Friendlies
OK, lets take a quick look at some of tonight's friendly results. I have just focused on the teams expected to make an impression at this years World Cup.
England 3 - 1 Egypt
The visitors took the lead through Mohamed Zidan (23) and for most of the first half didn't seem to be that worried by England. After the break the game was turned on its head. Peter Crouch (56,80) scoring twice and Shaun Wright-Phillips (75) adding the other.
Algeria 0 - 3 Serbia
England's Group C rivals suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of Serbia. Goals from Marko Pantelic(16), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (55) and Zoran Tosic (65) were enough to see the Europeans through this tricky encounter.
Netherlands 2 - 1 USA
Holland won a scrappy affair in Amsterdam. Neither side though were particularly impressive. The Dutch took the lead after Dirk Kuyt scored from the spot five minutes before half-time. Klaas Jan Hutelaar added the second before Carlos Bocanegra scored a consolation in the final minutes.
Germany 0 - 1 Argentina
Gonzalo Higuain proved the match winner in Munich. A good finish from the in-form striker on the stroke of half-time now means Maradona's men are six games unbeaten. The Germans rallied in the second half and had the better of the play but could not find the all important equaliser.
France 0 - 2 Spain
A cagey French side were out classed by Vicente Del Bosque's charges on the night. David Villa opening the scoring after 21 minutes and Sergio Ramos sealing the victory in stoppage time at the end of the first half. The crowd were calling for coach Raymond Domenech to resign throughout the game.
Ivory Coast 0 - 2 South Korea
The surprise of the night came in London where South Korea defeated the manager-less Ivorians. Drogba and co had an off night and were put to the sword by their pacy opponents. Lee Dong-Gook opening the scoring after four minutes. Kwak Tae-Hee (90) wrapped up an impressive victory for Asian World Cup qualifiers.
Italy 0 - 0 Cameroon
A dull affair Monaco where both sides struggled to create clear cut chances. A depleted Italian squad failed to make their mark on the game in the first half with Andrea Pirlo struggling to find team-mates and willing runners alike. Cameroon were surprisingly defence in their play looking content to hold out for the draw.
So what do these results tell us well not a lot really. They mainly state already known facts, Argentina are finally starting to look good under 'El Diego'. France need a change in fortunes and probably manager quickly. England again do the bare minimum to win and finally Italy are boring to watch and lack the depth to retain their crown as world champions.
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