England beat Brazil, wins for Spain and Germany

Updated: February 7, 2013

On a busy night of International friendlies, England gave new Brazil coach Scolari plenty to think about with a 2-1 win at Wembley, while world and European Champions cruised to a 3-1 over Uruguay. In other high profile action, Germany came from behind to beat France, Messi and Ibrahimovic fired blanks in a goalfest 3-2 win for Argentina over Sweden, while The Netherlands and Italy shared the spoils 1 goal a piece.

At Wembley, Felipe Scolari in his second spell in charge of Brazil got some indication of how much work lies ahead of him if he wants to deliver a home World Cup victory in Brazil next year.

England enjoyed most of the play on a cold night in London, Jack Wilshire on his England comeback pulling the strings in midfield with a superb display. Goals from Rooney and Lampard, plus a first half save from Joe Hart from the spot gave England a well deserved win over Brazil, their first since 1990.

In other games,  Spain beat Uruguay 3-1 with Pedro scoring twice in defensive kingpin Carles Puyol’s 100th international appearance, Pedro now with 9 goals in his last 6 International appearances for his country.

Germany showed with their comeback win over France that they have plenty of  depth in their squad, eventually winning 2-1 in Paris, the first time they have beaten France in 26 years. They fell behind just before halftime to Mathieu Valbuena’s close-range header but battled back after the break to equalise through Thomas Mueller before Sami Khedira wrapped it up from Mesut Ozil’s pass with 17 minutes left.

Argentina’s clash with Sweden pitted two world-class strikers in Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Neither scored but it was Messi who had the greater impact as Argentina outplayed the hosts in a 3-2 win, Aguero and Higuain scoring for Argentina.

In Amsterdam, Verratti’s last-gasp goal saved Italy from defeat after the Dutch had led through a first-half Jeremain Lens goal. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was far from impressed with his strike partnership of Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.