International Friendly Results: Wednesday, 2nd June

3rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Zimbabwe 0-3 Brazil

Goals: M. Bastos, Robinho, Elano

 

Greece 0-2 Paraguay

Goals: E. Vera, L. Barrios

 

Azerbaijan 0-0 Honduras

 

Serbia 0–0 Poland

 

Wednesday wasn’t the best of days for World Cup sides, with Greece, Honduras and Serbia all failing to picking up some valuable winning momentum.

Brazil were the first to kick off Wednesday’s proceedings with a 3-0 win over in Zimbabwe. The scoreline will have armchair punters assuming it was a cruise for Dunga’s men. That wasn’t the case however, as Zimbabwe were sprite and lively in attack and caused Brazil’s defence plenty of problems. Goals from Bastos, Robinho and Elano were enough for the five-time champions to record their first international win ahead of the finals.

The Greeks were beaten 2-0 by South Americans Paraguay – Lucas Barrios scoring his third goal in as many internationals – While Manchester City’s Roque Santa Cruz also picking up some valuable pitch minutes. Greece have now gone two friendlies without a win after drawing with North Korea in their last outing, while Paraguay pushed on from their Ivory Coast comeback, clawing back a two goal deficit against Les Elephants to earn a 2-2 draw, to register a win which should boost the confidence levels of the players.

Honduras were held to a 0-0 draw by Azerbaijan despite the Europeans being reduced to 10 men in the latter stages. That’s now the second pre-World Cup friendly draw in a row for the North Americans following their 2-2 draw with Belarus last week. Rueda’s men have yet to face a team of real international quality and the concerns over their chances in South Africa next week are mounting after two hugely disappointing results.

Serbia continued where they left off against New Zealand, frustrating their hostile followers with another poor result. The Serbians were beaten 1-0 by the Kiwi’s last week, one of the biggest turn ups thus far during this friendly warm up period, resulting in Serbia supporters throwing missiles onto the pitch in an act of disgust. This recent setback, a 0-0 draw with Poland, won’t have gone down at all well with the supporters either, and whereas Serbia were shaping up as one of the possible ‘Dark Horses’ for the summer’s showcase event, they are instead looking like a fish out of water.



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