Twenty-six nations participated in friendlies tonight in the second matchday of preparation before the FIFA World Cup that begins next week. There were ten all-international matches plus seven games where international squads acclimatised in Brazil against club sides.
Mats Hummels (6.5), Marcel Schmelzer (6.6), Ilkay Gündogan (6.4), and Marco Reus (7.0) started for Germany in their 3-0 win at second-tier club side Figueirense. Podolski scored a brace and Schürrle added a late third. Andreas Beck (6.5) and Mario Götze (6.9) came on with a quarter of an hour to play, with Götze unfortunate not to add a fourth goal.
Neven Subotic (8.7) scored late on for Serbia in their 2-0 win in Uruguay, also picking up the man-of-the-match award for his performance at centre-back. Ignjovski gave Serbia the lead shortly before the break, with Subotic heading home late on to seal the win.
Ivan Perisic (6.7) came on at half-time for Croatia who drew 2-2 in South Korea. Mario Mandzukic put the visitors two-up inside twenty minutes, before a second-half brace from Son Heung-Min shared the spoils.
Robert Lewandowski (7.2) was also on the scoresheet tonight as he finished neatly for Poland who lost 1-3 away to Iran. Jakub Blaszczykowski also featured, three days after leaving Dortmund for Marseille. Dejagah and Nekounam put the hosts in front before Lewandowski’s strike halved the deficit. Teymourian struck right after the break to make it 3-1, and that’s how it finished.
Elsewhere, England were utterly out-played by Mexico, who romped to a 4-0 win in Dallas. David Cabrera had them in front after just ninety seconds, and England’s slow start to a half was exploited again after the interval. Javier Hernández scored inside forty-five seconds of the restart, before adding a third goal five minutes later. Andrés Guardado made it 4-0 with fifteen to play.
Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Algeria, while Italy are arguably the nation with the most work to do as they lost 1-2 to second division club side Sport Recife. Hotly fancied Argentina drew 2-2 in Norway, despite playing most of the game with 10 men after Javier Mascherano’s red card.
INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES, 04 JUNE 2014: Australia 1-3 Chile Brazil 0-0 Algeria Iran 3-1 Poland Mexico 4-0 England Morocco 1-1 Switzerland Norway 2-2 Argentina Portugal 3-1 Japan Senegal 3-1 Kenya South Korea 2-2 Croatia Uruguay 0-2 Serbia AS Arapiraquense 0-3 Ghana Figueirense 0-3 Germany Fortaleza 0-1 Sweden Internacional 0-2 Spain Remo 0-4 Slovakia Sport Recife 2-1 Italy Tupi 1-3 Belgium
57 international matches are scheduled for Friday 06 June, with a further 24 taking place the following day. Germany play Egypt, Brazil host Turkey, Portugal play USA, Argentina host Switzerland, and England play Ghana in some of the stand-out fixtures.