INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

  • Argentina beat Ecuador 2-1 in friendly match April 1, 2015

    East Rutherford: Sergio Aguero and Javier Pastore scored in each half and Argentina defeated Ecuador 2-1 in a friendly match on Tuesday. In a lively game under snowy conditions at the start, Argentina managed to get another win in their round of tuneups in the United States ahead of the Copa...
  • England's Townsend earns late draw against Italy April 1, 2015

    England substitute Andros Townsend fired home a superb late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy in a fiercely contested international friendly in Turin on Tuesday. Townsend struck in the 79th minute by rifling an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from 20 metres to give England a deserved result...
  • France recover from Brazil defeat with 2-0 Denmark win in friendly match March 30, 2015

    Saint-Etienne: France recovered from last week's defeat by Brazil when Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud earned a second-string side a 2-0 home friendly win over Denmark in St Etienne on Sunday. Lacazette, who was booed by the crowd before kickoff because he plays for St Etienne's bitter rivals Olympique Lyonnais, was...
  • Brazil sink Chile to continue winning run March 29, 2015

    Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino's goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a...
  • Argentina, without Lionel Messi, beat El Salvador 2-0 in friendly March 29, 2015

    Washington: Ever Banega scored on a deflected shot, Federico Mancuello added a late goal and Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in a friendly match on Saturday. Argentina were lackluster without their star Lionel Messi, who stayed on the bench with a bruise on his right foot. The Barcelona star took a...
  • Neymar can break Pele's Brazil goal record, says Dunga March 29, 2015

    Brazil striker Neymar, who has scored 43 times for his country and is still only 23, can break Pele's long-standing record of 77 international goals, coach Dunga said on Saturday. Pele, widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, also helped Brazil win three World Cups, in 1958, 1962...
  • Neymar, Willian shine as Brazil beat France 3-1 March 27, 2015

    Paris: Striker Neymar scored his 43rd international goal and midfielder Willian set up two as Brazil beat France 3-1 on Thursday in another step in rebuilding their credibility. It was France's first defeat since last year's World Cup, where they lost to Germany in the quarter-finals. Brazil remain unbeaten since hosting...
  • Lukas Podolski spares German blushes against Australia March 26, 2015

    Kaiserslautern: Substitute Lukas Podolski grabbed an 81st-minute equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw for 2014 World Cup winners Germany in an entertaining friendly against Asian champions Australia on Wednesday. Podolski, who has been mainly on the bench for Inter Milan recently, stroked the ball home from close range with his left...
  • Raphael Guerreiro scores as Portugal beat Argentina 1-0 November 19, 2014

    'Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi' got top billing at a packed Old Trafford but it was a lesser light who scored as Portugal scraped a 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday. Raphael Guerreiro headed the winner in added time after a second half riddled with substitutions and missing the excitement...
  • Dunga delights in Brazil flexibility and brilliant Neymar October 14, 2014

    Singapore: Brazil coach Dunga has made a perfect start to his second stint in charge of the national side and on Tuesday's friendly win over Japan offered him plenty of reasons to feel that July's World Cup nightmare could soon be forgotten. As hosts, Felipe Scolari's side bullied their way...
  • Dunga picks Robinho for Argentina match September 17, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Brazil coach Dunga has called up Robinho for the team's friendly matches against Argentina and Japan next month. The striker had been left out of Dunga's team for friendlies earlier this month against Colombia and Ecuador but was later added to the squad after Hulk got injured. Brazil will...
  • Juan Delgado helps Chile beat Haiti in friendly September 10, 2014

    Juan Delgado scored in the 20th minute, and Chile beat Haiti 10 in an exhibition match on Tuesday night. Mauricio Isla's centering pass from the right wing found an open Delgado, who beat goalkeeper Johny Placide with a 12yard shot that landed inside the right post. The match at Lockhart Stadium was...
  • Willian strike gives Brazil victory over Ecuador September 10, 2014

    Brazil beat Ecuador 10 in an international friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday with a first half goal from Willian enough to give coach Dunga his second successive victory. The goal came on the half hour from a wellrehearsed free kick. Oscar hit a short pass to Neymar who lifted a...
  • Neymar stunner gives Brazil win over Colombia September 6, 2014

    Miami: A superb 83rd minute freekick from captain Neymar gave Brazil a winning start under new coach Dunga as they beat Colombia 10 in a fiercely contested friendly on Friday. Colombia played most of the second half down a man after midfielder Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 49th minute...
  • Uruguay beat Japan 20 in international friendly September 5, 2014

    Sapporo: Uruguay spoiled Javier Aguirre's debut as Japan coach, beating the Asian champions 20 on Friday in a friendly. Edinson Cavani gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute, taking advantage of poor defending by Tatsuya Sakai and beating goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with a sliding kick. Another weak clearing attempt allowed...
  • German defenders Boateng, Hummels out of Argentina game September 2, 2014

    Duesseldorf: Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up Hoffenheim midfielder Sebastian Rudy for Wednesday's friendly with Argentina after defenders Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels withdrew with injury. Loew says Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is doubtful due to a knee problem and he called up Rudy because "we have a shortage...
  • Hart can secure status as England's top keeper, says Hodgson November 18, 2013

    London: Joe Hart can draw a line under his poor form and cement his World Cup place when England host Germany in Tuesday's international friendly, manager Roy Hodgson said on Monday. Hart was dropped by his club, Manchester City, last month after his misjudgement led to defeat at Chelsea, the latest...
  • International friendly: India held to 11 draw by Philippines November 15, 2013

    Siliguri: Sunil Chhetri found the net once but Philip James Younghusband neutralised within a minute of the Indian football team captain's strike as Philippines held the hosts to a 11 draw in their international friendly on Friday. Chhetri gave India the lead in the 43rd minute. Following one of Mehtab Hossain's...
  • Golden Lampard leads experimental England against Chile November 14, 2013

    London: Frank Lampard will receive a special golden cap to mark 100 appearances for England on Friday when he captains what is expected to be a largely experimental team against Chile in a friendly at Wembley. Coach Roy Hodgson, speaking to the media at England's base at Watford, north of London,...
  • India take on Philippines in football friendly November 14, 2013

    Siliguri: Searching for its first win in an international friendly this year, the Indian football team takes on Philippines here on Friday without a quartet of senior players who were left out due to various reasons. India lost both their international friendlies earlier this year against Palestine in February and...
  • Germany's Klose, Mertesacker out of Italy game November 13, 2013

    Berlin: Germany forward Miroslav Klose has been ruled out of their friendlies against Italy and England while defender Per Mertesacker will also miss Friday's game in Milan before returning for next week's trip to Wembley. Klose, who resumed playing in October after a monthlong injury break, picked up a shoulder injury...
  • Maicon, Ramires back in Brazil team for friendlies August 21, 2013

    Sao Paulo: World Cup veteran right back Maicon and Chelsea midfielder Ramires are back in Brazil's squad for the friendlies against Australia and Portugal in September. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also picked goalkeeper Julio Cesar even though the player hasn't participated in an official match since the Confederations Cup. Maicon, newly signed...
  • Brazil confirm October friendly in Beijing August 17, 2013

    Rio de Janiero: Brazil will play an international friendly in China on October 15 against either Ghana or Zambia. The match will be played at the Beijing National Stadium, the showpiece venue for the 2008 Olympic Games, the Brazilian confederation (CBF) confirmed in a statement on Friday. It will be Brazil's fourth...
  • Afghanistan to play first home game for 10 years August 16, 2013

    Zurich: Afghanistan will host their first international soccer match for 10 years when they play Pakistan in a friendly next Tuesday, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday. The match will take place on an artificial pitch at the AFF (Afghanistan Football Federation) stadium, FIFA said. "The fact that we are hosting...
  • Scolari not worried about Switzerland loss August 15, 2013

    Sao Paulo: Luiz Felipe Scolari is not going to lose sleep over Brazil's loss to Switzerland in the team's first match since winning the Confederations Cup at home. Scolari said the 10 defeat in Basel on Wednesday should not be taken too seriously as he already expected the team to face...
  • Tajikistan thrash India 30 in football friendly August 14, 2013

    Khujand: Indian football team's disastrous performance at the international level continued as they went down 03 to Tajikistan in an international friendly here on Wednesday. Davronov Nuriddin (12th minute), Fatkhuloev Fatkhullo (18th minute) and Akhtam Khamrakulov (90+3) scored for the home team at the 20 Years of Independence Stadium. Indian team...
  • Mario Balotelli ruled out of ItalyArgentina friendly August 14, 2013

    Rome: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will have to make do without the services of Mario Balotelli for Wednesday's international friendly against Argentina. The AC Milan striker picked up a knee problem in training this week and Italy's football association (FIGC) confirmed he had departed the squad following the side's meeting with...
  • David Luiz mum on Barcelona rumours August 13, 2013

    Basel: Brazil and Chelsea defender David Luiz has declined to comment on rumours of his possible transfer to Spanish football giants Barcelona after his arrival in Basel for a friendly between Switzerland and Brazil. Barcelona, after recruiting young Brazilian forward Neymar in June, now want the Chelsea defender and are willing...
  • Italy and Argentina ready to renew rivalry in friendly August 13, 2013

    Rome: Twelve years after Italy's last match against Argentina, the two predominantly Roman Catholic and footballcrazy nations are renewing their storied rivalry in a friendly game that will be played under the auspices of Pope Francis. After months of talks, the Italian and Argentinian federations managed to set up Wednesday's encounter...
  • Wesley Sneijder snubbed for Netherlands friendly August 10, 2013

    Amsterdam: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has left Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder out of the squad for next week's friendly against Portugal, though he said on Friday that the player has the talent to return when he's fit. Van Gaal last month demoted Sneijder from his job as team captain, saying...