Recapping Wednesday's friendlies

February, 9, 2011

It was a busy FIFA date on Wednesday. Here's some of the highlights from the international friendlies as European nations prepare for next month's Euro 2012 qualifying to resume and South American sides have their eyes on this summer's Copa America.

England 2, Denmark 1

England won in Copenhagen, beating Denmark for the first time since the 2002 World Cup. Daniel Agger scored first for Denmark, but Darren Bent and Ashley Young -- teammates on Aston Villa -- combined to give their team the victory.

Italy 1, Germany 1

Italy earned a draw in Dortmund when New Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi tied the game in the 81st minute. It was his fourth career goal and first since a brace versus the United States in the 2009 Confederations Cup. Italy is unbeaten (3-0-2) in five straight matches against Germany. Miroslav Klose scored for Germany, which remains undefeated (5-0-3) since losing to Spain in the World Cup semis. Klose has 59 career goals, second in German history behind Gerd Muller. He's also tallied in five straight international games.

France 1, Brazil 0

In a rematch of the 1998 World Cup Final, which was played at the same stadium outside Paris, France won again and improved to 4-0-2 in its past six games versus Brazil. Karim Benzema scored in the 54th minute and has tallied in three straight games for France. Coming off a loss to Argentina, Brazil has lost consecutive games for the first time since June 2008.

Argentina 2, Portugal 1

Lionel Messi converted a 91st-minute penalty in Geneva to give Argentina the win over Portugal, the two teams' first meeting in 39 years. Messi has scored in three of his past four international games, and he also assisted on Angel Di Maria's goal. Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal and has also scored in three of his past four international games. Argentina improves to 5-1-1 against Portugal.

Spain 1, Colombia 0 David Silva scores his 11th career goal in the 86th minute to give reigning world and European champion Spain the win in Madrid. This was the second meeting between these countries, and the first since a 1-1 draw in 1981. Coming off a 4-0 loss to Portugal, Spain avoids losing consecutive games for the 1st time since 2006.


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