Friendlies Highlights : Brazil, England win while Germany share the spoils with Spain

England win narrowly against the Dutch.


The International week in the Footballing world is off and running and the first match day consisted some real intriguing fixtures to look forward.

Brazil 3 Russia 0

It was a cakewalk for Brazil in Moscow as Tite’s men were comprehensively victorious 3-0 against the upcoming hosts of the World Cup Russia. Neymar was missing from the Brazil side but it was not required as the Selecao put up a top notch show against a hapless Russia side.

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Joao Miranda scored the opener in the 53rd minute, while Phillipe Coutinho made it 2-0 from the spot. Barcelona midfielder Paulinho completed the scoring with a five yard header and that means the Brazilian team have started their final preparation on a winning note.

Brazil play Germany in the next match while Russia meet France.


Spain 1 Germany 1

It was thought to be a classic encounter and it was one. The quality of the game was exquisite, the only disappointing part was that there wasn’t enough goals for both the teams. Rodrigo opened the scoring for Spain from a superb Iniesta through ball within the first five minutes of the game. Thomas Muller leveled it up for the Germans courtesy of a stunning strike. There were chances in the game but neither could score another as both the giants shared the spoils.


Netherlands 0 England 1

England met the Dutch in a friendly at the Amsterdam. Holland won’t take part in the Worlc Cup and there dismal form continued as the Three Lions edged them past in the match through a solitary goal from Jesse Lingard. The match was more of a dead rubber as neither side showed enough spark on the field, but still in that, England were by far the better looked side.

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For the English some of the fringes players got their nod in the national colours. Highly discussed Nick Pope was on the bench for the English side while Everton keeper Jordan Pickford played the full 90 minutes under the stick.