Monday’s International Friendlies

25th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Monday 24th May

Australia 2-1 New Zealand
Japan 0-2 South Korea
Portugal 0-0 Cap Verde Islands
South Africa 1-1 Bulgaria
England 3-1 Mexico
Argentina 5-0 Canada


In regards to those heading to South Africa for the World Cup next month; Argentina, Australia, England and Australia all recorded some valuable, morale boosting wins. Whereas Portugal and South Africa could only muster low-scoring draws.

The two early encounters seen Australia secure a last-gasp winner against the Kiwi’s after coming from a goal down to win 2-1 via goals from Dario Vidosic and Brett Holman; Chris Killen scored New Zealand’s opener with just 16 minutes on the clock. A little later and it was the turn of Japan and South Korea, two nations with a fierce Asian rivalry. The Japanese have been disappointing their adoring fans all year long and kept up their miserable trend by losing 2-0 to the Koreans on home soil, with Manchester United#s Ji-Sung Park scoring Korea’s opener while forward Park Chu-Young scored a late penalty to wrap up a relatively straight-forward win over a nation also competing in next months show-piece.

In the evening, kicking off within 15 minutes of one another, South Africa and Portugal were playing out draws would could yet be like a dagger to the pride of both camps in games both country’s will have fancied their chances of winning. The Portuguese, who struggled throughout qualifying for the World Cup and needed a play-off before sealing their qualification, limped to a 0-0 draw against a Cape Verde Islands team ranked 117th in the FIFA Rankings. Bafana Bafana registered another international friendly draw, their fourth in six friendlies, as Bulgaria held Carlos Alberto Parreria’s side to a 1-1 draw, after defender Siyabonga Sangweni sent the home fans into raptures only to see the Bulgarians draw level 12 minutes later after FC Parma’s Valeri Bojinov’s strike.

The two night games seen three World Cup teams in action, as England of Group C took on Mexico of Group A while Argentina arranged one of the more simpler of friendlies against Canada. The battle between England and Mexico was intriguing, with Mexico succumbing to a 3-1 loss despite enjoying large spells of possession and carving out numerous opportunities. Goals from Ledley King, Peter Crouch and Glen Johnson were enough for Capello’s Three Lions though, while West Ham’s Guillermo Franco scored Mexico’s only goal of the night at Wembley. Argentina were the last team to conclude Monday’s friendly encounters beating Canada in a resounding fashion. Goals from Carlos Tevez, Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero and a brace from Liverpool’s Maxi Rodriguez was enough to send the Argie’s to an impressive victory over a Canadian side which provided little threat in the final third of the pitch.

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