FIFA Friendly Rewind: Messi powers Argentina, Portugal rips Spain and more | Soccer By Ives


One memorable moment of last-minute brilliance from Lionel Messi was enough to give Argentina the win in an otherwise forgetable match against archrivals Brazil in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday. In the 91st minute, Messi collected the ball 40 yards from goal and began one of his signature runs through the Brazil defense before finishing on a low, hard, left-footed strike across his body. The 1-0 win was Messis first for Argentina against the Selecao.

Elsewhere, Fabio Capellos somewhat-experimental England side fell to France 2-1 at Wembley. The visitors enjoyed the majority of possession and built a 2-0 lead before second-half substitute Peter Crouch got one back for the home side.

Wednesdays biggest surprise was Portugals 4-0 drubbing of reigning World Cup champions Spain. Despite being out-possessed 70 percent to 30, Portugal made their chances count, getting a brace from Helder Postiga sandwiched between goals from Carlos Martins and Hugo Almeida.

Wednesday also featured a pair of Euro 2012 qualifiers: Croatia defeated Malta 3-0 in Group F, while Finland logged the days biggest blowout, demolishing lowly San Marino 8-0 in Group E.

Here is a rundown of all of the international friendly results from Tuesday and Wednesday:


Argentina 1, Brazil 0

England 1, France 2

Portugal 4, Spain 0

Jordan 0, Cyprus 0

Scotland 3, Faroe Islands 0

China 1, Latvia 0

Hong Kong 0, Paraguay 7

Iran 0, Nigeria 0

Montenegro 2, Azerbaijan 0

Oman 0, Belarus 4

Russia 0, Belgium 2

Slovakia 2, Bosnia-Herzegovinia 3

Albania 0, Macedonia 0

Bulgaria 0, Serbia 1

Hungary 2, Lithuania 0

Egypt 3, Austrailia 0

Israel 3, Iceland 2

Estonia 1, Liechtenstein 1

Denmark 0, Czech Republic 0

Luxembourg 0, Algeria 0

Switzerland 2, Ukraine 2

Austria 1, Greece 2

Netherlands 1, Turkey 0

Poland 3, Ivory Coast 1

Romania 1, Italy 1

South Africa 0, United States 1

Sweden 0, Germany 0

Ireland 1, Norway 2

Northern Ireland 1, Morocco 1

Slovenia 1, Georgia 2

Chile 2, Uruguay 0

Colombia 1, Peru 1

Ecuador 4, Venezuela 1

Jamaica 0, Costa Rica 0

Panama 2, Honduras 0

What did you think of this weeks international friendly results? Surprised by Spains loss? Impressed by Portugal? Amazed by Messi? Share your thoughts below:


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