Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Portugal Crush Spain 4-0 in Friendly

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) fights for the ball with Spain's Sergio Ramos during their international friendly soccer match at Luz stadium in Lisbon November 17, 2010. REUTERS/Hugo Correia (PORTUGAL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)Incredible. I was left speechless by some of the international friendly results which I saw today, and probably the one which will get the most attention is Portugal's 4-0 victory over the newly-crowned World Champions, Spain. A true demolition job by Portugal which made fools of Spain. Spain suffered the quick counter-attacks of the Portuguese, and they only created one notable chance with a header by David Silva, which the Manchester City winger flashed wide. A total shock to me, I thought that Spain weren't going to have much trouble against Portugal, but I admit, I was very wrong, but who guessed this result?

There was also France which defeated England 2-1 at Wembley, with Karim Benzema playing well, and scoring for them. England played poorly for the first half, letting France score with Benzema and then Valbuena, both who played very well. But Capello's side picked it up a little, and they scored a late consolation goal marked by Peter Crouch. A bad result for England, but a very good result for France.

Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) scores against Brazil during their international friendly soccer match at Khalifa stadium in Doha November 17, 2010. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
And finally, there was Argentina which defeated Brazil 1-0 , and who could score the goal other than Lionel Messi? It was a late goal in injury time by the Barcelona forward, and Mano Menezes will be seriously evaluated by the Brazilian press as the Copa America soon approaches for them. It was a brilliant goal by Messi, who weaved his way all the way to the top of Brazil's box, to then coolly finish into the bottom corner. Both sides created chances, but in the end, Argentina scored the goal to win the match.

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