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Brazil hand the Czech Republic a 3-1 defeat

Gabriel Jesus won the game for the former champions with his late strikes

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March 27, 2019

 

France escape with 2-2 draw against Iceland in international friendly

Kylian Mbappe scored the equalizer in the 91st minute

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October 12, 2018

 

France draw against United States in friendly

Paul Pogba put in an improved performance but France looked flat in a 1-1 World Cup warm-up draw against the United States in Lyon on Saturday. Julian Green gave the US, who failed to make it to Russia, the lead on the stroke of half-time but teenage starlet Kylian Mbappe equalised for the hosts. Pogba…

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June 10, 2018

 

Australia edge past Hungary in exhibition game

Australia recorded a 2-1 victory over Hungary in their final pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday. The match was at a stalemate at half time with both sides failing to score. The Socceroos stepped up a gear in the second half and took the lead. Australia took scored as Daniel Arzani’s fierce shot caught goalkeeper Denes…

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June 10, 2018

 

Denmark down Mexico 2-0 in friendly

Playmaker Christian Eriksen celebrated his return to the Danish national team following the birth of his first child with a goal and an assist as his side beat fellow qualifiers Mexico 2-0 in their final pre-World Cup friendly in Copenhagen. Having missed last week’s scoreless encounter with Sweden in Stockholm, Eriksen’s son was born on…

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June 10, 2018

 

Aspas helps Spain defeat Tunisia in friendly match

Iago Aspas scored a late goal as Spain beat Tunisia 1-0 in their friendly match. Tunisia proved to be the better side in the first period, causing the Spain back problems with their high press and swift counter-attacks. Ferjani Sassi took a shot straight at David de Gea after capitalizing on a mistake committed from…

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June 10, 2018

 

Morocco defeat Estonia in international friendly

Morocco registered a 3-1 victory over Estonia in its international friendly. Younes Belhanda and Hakim Ziyech of Morocco scored in the first half. Belhanda scored after 11 minutes and Dutch-born Ziyech added a penalty seven minutes before the break. Substitute Youssef En-Nesyri added a third with 15 minutes to go till the final whistle. Ats…

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June 10, 2018

 

Poland draw against Chile in World Cup warmup

Precise strikes from captain Robert Lewandowski and midfielder Piotr Zielinski were not enough to give World Cup-bound Poland victory over Chile, who fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in a friendly in Poznan on Friday. Poland took the lead when Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski found the net in the 30th minute following…

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June 9, 2018

 

Croatia fight back to beat Senegal 2-1 in friendly

Croatia Forward Andrej Kramaric staked a strong claim to break into their starting lineup for their opening World Cup match against Nigeria after scoring the winner in a comeback 2-1 home win over Senegal in a pulsating friendly on Friday. Kramaric produced a superb all-round performance after coming on as a halftime substitute, injecting life…

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June 9, 2018

 

Japan suffer 2-0 loss to Switzerland in friendly

Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic gave his morale a much-needed boost when he scored the second goal in a 2-0 warmup win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Japan on Friday. Seferovic, battling for the role of Switzerland’s lone striker at the World Cup, came on in the second half and finished off a well-worked move in…

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June 9, 2018

 

Unconvincing Germany survive late scare to end winless streak

World champions Germany failed to hit top gear as they edged to a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in a lacklustre World Cup dress rehearsal on Friday, less than a week before the tournament starts. It was their first win in six matches but the Germans, who leave for Russia in four days, rarely put…

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June 9, 2018

 

Uruguay cruise to 3-0 win over Uzbekistan in final warmup

Uruguay will head to the World Cup on a winning note after beating Uzbekistan 3-0 in a chilly warmup in front of their own fans on Thursday. The win, against a side ranked 81 places below them at 95th in the world, was the third in a row for the South Americans and they have…

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June 8, 2018

 

Norway dampen Panama’s pre-World Cup hopes

World Cup-bound Panama saw their hopes of a morale-boosting pre-tournament win crumble after just four minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Norway on Wednesday. Panama will make their World Cup debut in Russia, where the central Americans will face England, Belgium and Tunisia in Group G. But Hernan Dario Gomez’s men will be hoping for…

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June 7, 2018

 

Nigeria lose to Czech Republic in World Cup warm-up

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Austria in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup. Defender Tomas Kalas, fresh from helping Fulham win promotion to the English Premier League, scored the only goal of the game in the first half in Schwechat, just outside Vienna….

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June 7, 2018

 

Argentina friendly with Israel to be scrapped – reports

Argentina’s upcoming friendly with Israel in Jerusalem has been cancelled following protests by Palestinian football authorities, local media reported on Tuesday without citing sources. Lionel Messi and his team-mates were due to face Israel on Saturday in their final warm-up match before heading to Russia for the World Cup. However multiple reports in Argentina on…

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June 6, 2018

 

Turkey hold Russia in the last World Cup warm-up match

Russia extended their winless streak to seven matches with a 1-1 home draw against Turkey on Tuesday in their last warm-up game just nine days before the World Cup kick-off. German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg midfielder Yunus Malli came off the bench at half-time to cancel out Spartak Moscow right winger Alexander Samedov’s 35th minute opener…

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June 6, 2018

 

Palestinian children request Messi to not play friendly in Jerusalem

Palestinian children have requested star Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi to not play the international friendly against Israel at Jerusalem. The children, in an open letter to the Argentinian player, said that they will be extremely disappointed if he plays in the occupied territory. “Jerusalem’s football is constructed on the graves of Palestinians,” protesters said. Palestine…

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June 5, 2018

 

Switzerland draw against Spain in friendly

Ricardo Rodriguez equalised for Switzerland as World Cup contenders Spain were held to a 1-1 draw at home in their final friendly before jetting out to Russia next week. Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola volleyed Spain ahead on 29 minutes in Vila-real with a fantastic strike from the edge of the area in just his third international appearance. Andres…

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June 4, 2018

 

Guerrero double helps Peru beat Saudi Arabia in friendly

Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia to cap an emotional week for the Peru captain who was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension. The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday to appear at the tournament in Russia despite being…

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June 4, 2018

 

Neymar returns in scoring style as Brazil beat Croatia

Neymar scored on his return to action after three months out through injury as Brazil warmed up for the World Cup with a 2-0 friendly win over Croatia at Anfield on Sunday. The most expensive player in the world has been sidelined since Feb. 25, when he fractured a metatarsal and sprained his ankle playing…

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June 3, 2018

 

Messi isn’t missed as Argentina down Italy

MANCHESTER: Ever Banega ensured Argentina weren’t derailed by Lionel Messi’s absence as the World Cup contenders clinched a 2-0 win over Italy in Friday’s friendly at the Etihad Stadium. Messi reportedly suffered an groin strain in training on Thursday, so the Barcelona forward was an unused substitute as Argentina kicked off their preparations for the…

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March 24, 2018

 
 
 
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