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  • Messi, Higuain score twice as Argentina thrash Hong Kong 7-0 6 days ago

    Lionel Messi scored twice after coming off the bench as an experimental Argentina side destroyed Hong Kong 7-0 in an international friendly mismatch on Tuesday. Argentina fielded a completely different line-up from the one which lost to Brazil last week but the World Cup finalists still waltzed to a facile triumph. The...
  • Benzema shines as France beat Portugal 2-1 in friendly October 12, 2014

    Paris: Fernando Santos began his reign at the helm of Portugal with a 2-1 loss at Euro 2016 host France in a friendly while Denmark salvaged a 1-1 draw in Albania in qualifying on Saturday. Striker Karim Benzema scored at Stade de France after only three minutes for his 25th international...
  • Diego Tardelli nets twice as Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 October 11, 2014

    Beijing: Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued their defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversaries Argentina in a feisty friendly on Saturday. Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored once in each half, his first goals for Brazil, as former skipper Dunga...
  • Injured Lionel Messi ruled out of friendly against Germany September 1, 2014

    Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Wednesday's international friendly against World Cup winners Germany with a rightleg injury. The Argentine Football Association said Monday that Messi will be held out of the game as a "precaution." The match in Dusseldorf is a chance for Argentina to avenge a 10 loss to...
  • Germany's Mesut Ozil doubtful for Argentina friendly September 1, 2014

    Germany's Mesut Ozil is unlikely to play in the friendly against World Cup finalists Argentina on Wednesday but could be fit for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Monday. Arsenal midfielder Ozil did not join team mates on Monday in Duesseldorf for the...
  • Marco Reus, Mario Gomez in German squad for Argentina friendly August 29, 2014

    Frankfurt: Germany have recalled 18 World Cup players for next week's friendly against Argentina, a repeat of the final in Brazil. The friendly in Duesseldorf on September 3 is the first match for both teams since the July 13 final at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, when Mario Goetze scored in...
  • India suffer 02 defeat against Pak in football friendly August 20, 2014

    Bangalore: India suffered an embarrassing 02 defeat at the hands of a spirited Pakistan in the second football friendly to end the twomatch series 11 on Wednesday. Wim Koeverman's team, which won the first friendly 10 on August 17, looked out of sorts and Pakistan were the better side in all...
  • Argentina name 20 World Cup players for Germany friendly August 20, 2014

    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino was true to his word and named predecessor Alejandro Sabella's World Cup players on Tuesday for next month's friendly against Germany in Duesseldorf. Martino's squad list posted on the Argentine FA website (www.afa.org.ar) has 20 Europeanbased players, all part of the squad that lost the World Cup...
  • India pip Pakistan 10 in football friendly August 17, 2014

    Bangalore: Asian Gamesbound Indian football team, reduced to 10 men for the last 20 minutes, snatched a 10 win against visiting Pakistan in the first of the two friendlies on Sunday. A 46thminute Robin Singh strike was the only differentiating factor between the two wellmatched sides in a pacy and spicy...
  • France coach Didier Deschamps plays down 'great expectations' March 6, 2014

    Paris: France coach Didier Deschamps is wary of increased expectations after his team hit form to beat Netherlands in a friendly on Wednesday. First-half goals from Karim Benzema and Blaise Matuidi set up a 2-0 victory at the Stade de France that seemed to confirm something had clicked in the French...
  • England victory leaves Roy Hodgson with plenty of questions March 6, 2014

    Adam Lallana almost certainly secured a place in the England squad for the World Cup but a generally sluggish performance in a narrow 1-0 friendly win over Denmark raised more questions than answers for coach Roy Hodgson. Lallana's arrival after 58 minutes - along with the halftime introduction of his teenage...
  • 'Chile killer' Robinho gives Brazil 21 win November 20, 2013

    Robinho came off the bench to head home the winner in Brazil's 21 victory over Chile on Tuesday, taking his personal tally to nine against their South American rivals and boosting his chances of playing at next year's World Cup finals. Robinho, who has now scored one more goal against Chile...
  • Spain slip to surprise loss against South Africa November 20, 2013

    Johannesburg: Spain's return to the stadium where it won the World Cup was spoiled on Tuesday as Bernard Parker's secondhalf goal gave South Africa a shock 10 win over the world and European champion. Spain was subdued and possibly tired after its friendly in Equatorial Guinea three days ago ...
  • Mertesacker heads Germany to 10 win over England November 20, 2013

    London: Per Mertesacker's header gave Germany a 10 victory over England on Tuesday, sending its fierce rival to backtoback home losses for the first time in 36 years. Captaining Germany in London, Mertesacker powered in the only goal of the Wembley Stadium friendly after meeting a cross from Toni Kroos in...
  • Sergio Aguero brace gives Argentina 20 win over Bosnia November 19, 2013

    Striker Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Argentina a 20 win over fellow World Cup finalists Bosnia in a friendly at the Busch baseball stadium in St Louis, Missouri on Monday. Aguero, wearing the number 10 shirt in absence of injured captain Lionel Messi, could have registered a hattrick but blasted...
  • England unveils starting squad for Germany encounter November 19, 2013

    London: Joe Hart will be back in goal to face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night as England manager Roy Hodgson has named his side more than 24 hours in advance. According to the Football Association, in the training session at London Colney Monday, which was fully open to the media,...
  • England's Joe Hart, Ashley Cole to start against Germany November 17, 2013

    England's underfire goalkeeper Joe Hart and left back Ashley Cole will start against Germany in Tuesday's friendly, with manager Roy Hodgson planning several changes to the team that lost to Chile. England were well beaten 20 by fellow World Cup qualifiers Chile on Friday when Hodgson gave debuts to three players...
  • Andrea Barzagli to miss ItalyNigeria friendly November 17, 2013

    Milan: Andrea Barzagli is forced to miss Italy's friendly against Nigeria in London due to muscle problem. The Juventus defender pulled up injured during Italy's 11 draw with Germany at San Siro Friday, reported Xinhua. He has been diagnosed with a slight pull of the left adductor, so is sent home...
  • Spain beat Equatorial Guinea 21 in friendly November 17, 2013

    Malabo: Spain won 21 at former colony Equatorial Guinea on Saturday amid criticism of the appropriateness of the world champions playing a friendly in a country dogged by accusations of human rights abuse under its current president. Human rights groups had urged Spain to call attention to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema's...
  • Brazil hammer Honduras 50 in international freindly November 17, 2013

    Brazil turned on the style in the second half to score four goals and hammer Honduras 50 in a friendly in Miami on Saturday. Honduras started strongly but Brazil opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Paulinho took possession on the right and delivered an inviting low cross for Bernard...
  • Belgium face Colombia in a friendly November 13, 2013

    Belgium and Colombia are not usually considered heavyweights in world football yet their meeting on Thursday is arguably the most attractive of the friendlies being played this week. Both teams qualified for the World Cup in style, sit proudly in the top five of the FIFA world rankings and will be...
  • Gerrard and Walker to miss England friendly against Chile November 13, 2013

    London: England captain Steven Gerrard and defender Kyle Walker will miss the international friendly against Chile at Wembley, according to media reports on Wednesday. Liverpool midfielder Gerrard, who has 107 caps, aggravated a hip injury during his club's Premier League win over Fulham at the weekend. Tottenham Hotspur's Walker was also...
  • Manchester United duo ruled out of England friendlies November 13, 2013

    London: Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck will miss the friendlies against Chile and Germany as they have withdrawn from the England squad due to injury. The Three Lions will face Chile on Friday evening at Wembley Stadium, before Germany's visit four days later, reports Xinhua. All the three teams...
  • Robin van Persie pulls out of Dutch squad November 12, 2013

    The Hague: Robin van Persie and Jordy Clasie pulled out of the Dutch squad for the upcoming friendlies against Japan and Colombia. Manchester United striker Van Persie withdrew due to toe and groin pains. Feyenoord midfielder Clasie suffers from a right foot contusion, reports Xinhua. Head coach Louis van Gaal called up...
  • Del Bosque calls up Brazilborn Costa for Spain November 8, 2013

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called Atletico Madrid's Brazilborn forward Diego Costa into his squad for the first time for this month's friendlies away to Equatorial Guinea and South Africa. Top scorer in La Liga with 13 goals in 12 appearances this season, Costa signed a formal letter last month...
  • England keep faith with Joe Hart, call up Saints trio November 7, 2013

    London: England manager Roy Hodgson backed goalkeeper Joe Hart to regain top form but will take the opportunity to look at understudies Fraser Forster or John Ruddy in this month's friendlies against Chile and Germany. Hart, dropped by Manchester City after a series of mistakes, will start one of the World...
  • Wim Koevermans announces squad for friendlies November 4, 2013

    New Delhi: National football team coach Wim Koevermans has announced his squad of 21 players for India's two international friendlies which are scheduled to be held this month. India first play Philippines on November 15 followed by Nepal on November 19. The squad: Goalkeepers: Karanjit Singh (Salgaocar SC), Subhashish Roychowdhury (Dempo SC), Arindam...
  • Brazil beat South Korea 20 in friendly in Seoul October 12, 2013

    Seoul: Neymar and Oscar scored either side of halftime to give Brazil a 20 win over South Korea in a friendly on Saturday. Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break,...
  • Neymar returns to practice, will play friendly October 11, 2013

    Neymar recovered from a hip injury and will play Brazil's friendly against South Korea on Saturday in Seoul. The Barcelona striker practiced on Friday, a day after he was hurt in training after a challenge by Lazio midfielder Hernanes. Neymar left the field in pain and was listed as doubtful for...
  • Liverpool's Lucas handed Brazil recall September 27, 2013

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has recalled Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva for next month's friendlies against South Korea and Zambia. Lucas has not played for the Selecao since their 20 victory over Egypt in November 2011, reports Xinhua. "Today the feeling is like when I got my first...