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.
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES, 31 MAY 2014: 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