International Friendlies: Saturday 31 May 2014


Nineteen international friendlies took place today as countries competing at next month’s FIFA World Cup begin their final preparations for the tournament after naming their squads.

Mats Hummels (6.7), Marcel Schmelzer (7.2), and Mario Götze (7.1) all started for Germany in their 4-1 win in Cameroon, with goals coming from Schweinsteiger and a late brace from Podolski after N’dzie had cancelled out Müller’s opener.

Marco Reus, Ilkay Gündogan, Julian Schieber and Andreas Beck were unused substitutes. Germany will play Brazilian club side Figueriense on 04 June before their final match against Egypt on 07 June.

Ivan Perisic (7.5) played three-quarters of the match for Croatia in their 2-1 win in Saudi Arabia. He set-up Vedran Corluka’s opener, which was quickly countered by a fine strike by Faris Al-Shareedah. Eduardo’s goal shortly before half-time won it for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Netherlands suffered defeat in South America, going down to Arturo Vidal’s goal in their 0-1 loss to Cameroon.


     Argentina 2-1 Finland 
      Barbados 0-2 Jamaica
        Brazil 3-1 Ghana
      Cameroon 1-4 Germany
        Canada 3-0 Andorra
         Chile 1-2 Bosnia & Herzegovina
      Colombia 1-0 Netherlands
        Guinea 4-0 Rwanda
          Iran 3-0 Cyprus
   Ivory Coast 0-1 England
         Japan 1-0 Switzerland
       Morocco 0-1 Spain
        Norway 0-2 Mexico
      Portugal 2-0 Algeria
  Saudi Arabia 1-2 Croatia
       Senegal 3-0 Togo
   South Korea 2-2 Romania
       Ukraine 1-3 Uruguay
 United States 1-1 Rep. Ireland