Kroos strike sinks Spain, England beat Scotland

Kroos strike sinks Spain, England beat Scotland
AFP

AFP

World champions Germany beat European champions Spain 1-0 in Tuesday night’s friendly thanks to a late goal from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.

The hosts attacked more in the incessant Vigo rain, but they were unable to find a way through against the nation who replaced them as champions of the world in July. With both coaches fielding experimental sides, and in view of the difficult conditions, the game did not turn out to be a classic between the two nations, but Germany nevertheless managed to emerge triumphant with Kroos’ 89th-minute winner.

Lionel Messi outshone his FIFA Ballon d’Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo but the latter’s team took the spoils as a late header from substitute Raphael Guerreiro snatched a 1-0 win for Portugal over Argentina in a disappointing friendly at Old Trafford. The fixture had been billed pre-match as an unmissable showdown between Messi and Ronaldo – a spectacle that turned out only to last until half-time, when both players were substituted in somewhat anti-climactic circumstances.

A double from captain Wayne Rooney helped England to a 3-1 win over Scotland at Celtic Park. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headed England in front in the 32nd minute and Rooney added a second two minutes into the second half. Andy Robertson threatened to set up a frantic finish with an 82nd minute strike for Scotland, but Rooney settled it almost immediately after.

Raphael Varane’s 83rd minute header was enough to give France a 1-0 win over Sweden, sparing the blushes of Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema, who missed a penalty three minutes later. Stefano Okaka headed home in the 82nd minute as Italy edged out Albania 1-0.

A change in the dugout did nothing to alter Greece’s fortunes as they suffered another home defeat, losing 2-0 to Serbia. Kostas Tsanas was named as the interim coach after Claudio Ranieri’s departure following the shock UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying defeat to the Faroe Islands last week, but Greece once again ended up on the losing end thanks to second-half goals from Radosav Petrovic and Nemanja Gudelj.

Brazil continued their winning start under new coach Dunga with a 2-1 friendly victory over Austria in Vienna. Robert Firmino’s stunning late strike won it after David Luiz’s opener had been cancelled out by Aleksandar Dragovic’s penalty. Russia shrugged off the speculation surrounding coach Fabio Capello’s future to record a 2-1 away win in Hungary with goals from Sergei Ignashevich and Alexsandr Kerzhakov.

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