France triumph in Italy

  • Last Updated: November 14 2012, 23:55 GMT

A review of Wednesday's international friendly action, including victories for France and Spain.

Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates for France

Substitute Bafetimbi Gomis struck a second-half winner as France came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over Italy in their international friendly in Parma.

In-form AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawi had given Italy a first-half lead but a brilliant effort from Mathieu Valbuena saw France draw level almost immediately and then Gomis put Les Bleus ahead four minutes after coming on as a 63rd-minute replacement.

The victory earned France their first triumph on Italian soil since 1994 and saw them claim another impressive result under new coach Didier Deschamps having last month held Spain to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Madrid.

Holland and Germany played out a low-key goalless draw in their friendly at the Amsterdam ArenA, with both sides missing a number of key players due to injury.

Mesut Ozil, Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger were among the big names missing for Germany, who showed seven changes to the side that blew a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 against Sweden last month, while the Dutch were without injured duo Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder, with coach Louis van Gaal's experimental line-up including a debut for Kenneth Vermeer of Ajax in goal.

The result is unlikely to have made things much clearer for Van Gaal, who next takes his side into another friendly against Italy in early February, before resuming their World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Estonia.

Pedro scored twice as world and European champions Spain hammered Panama 5-1 at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring in the 16th minute and added a third just before half-time in Panama City - with fellow Barcelona forward David Villa doubling Spain's lead on the half hour - all three goals coming from close range.

Sergio Ramos fired in a brilliant fourth in the 82nd minute and Markel Susaeta completed the rout two minutes later.

The central American side did add a consolation when Gabriel Gomez smashed home from the penalty spot three minutes from time after Sergio Busquets had fouled Nelson Barahona in the area.

Luis Suarez was on the scoresheet as Uruguaywere 3-1 winners in Poland.

The in-form Liverpool striker scored his side's third goal in the 66th minute - two minutes after Ludovic Obraniak had narrowed the deficit. Kamil Glik's own goal and a strike from Napoli striker Edinson Cavani had put the South American side two goals to the good before the break.

Nicklas Bendtner's 65th-minute penalty was cancelled out by Mevlut Erdinc four minutes later as Denmark and Turkey drew 1-1, while Alexandru Maxim and Gabriel Torje scored in either half to give Romania a 2-1 win over Belgium, who opened the scoring through Christian Benteke.

Armenia beat Lithuania 4-2, Serbia saw off 10-man Chile 3-1, while Finland cantered to a 3-0 victory in Cyprus.

Norway ran out 2-0 winners in Hungary, Belarus/B> came from behind for a 2-1 triumph in Israel, LiechtensteinMalta and Iceland eased past Andorra 2-0.

Mix Diskerud's last-gasp strike helped the United States, who twice came from behind, claim a creditable 2-2 draw against Russia in Krasnodar.

Fedor Smolov put the hosts ahead in the ninth minute after capitalising on a mistake from Danny Williams to score from a narrow angle although Jurgen Klinsmann's men levelled with 14 minutes remaining as Michael Bradley finished with aplomb after being teed up by Juan Agudelo's header.

Russia thought they had claimed the bragging rights when Roman Shirokov scored from the spot after Clarence Goodson had challenged Artem Dzyuba in the area but Diskerud claimed an unlikely equaliser with a strike from just outside the area for his first international goal.

Saudi Arabia claimed a famous goalless draw against Argentina, who played a relatively full strength side with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano amongst their number.

The South American side pushed strongly for a winner at the end but were made to pay for poor finishing from Aguero and Wigan striker Franco Di Santo, who was making his international debut.

A brace from David Lafata in the first 10 minutes propelled Czech Republic to a comfortable 3-0 win over Slovakia at the Andruv Stadium.

The 31-year-old striker scored in the third and sixth minutes to set the Czechs on their way while Borek Dockal sealed the win in the 72nd minute.

Elsewhere, Oleksandr Kucher's 33rd-minute strike gave Ukraine a 1-0 success in Bulgaria.

Robert Cornthwaite scored a late winner on his Socceroos return as Australia came from behind to beat South Korea 2-1 in Hwaseong.

Cornthwaite, who plays his club football for Chunnam Dragons in South Korea, scrambled the ball home from close range with three minutes left on the clock after Nikita Rukavytsya levelled for Australia in the first half following Lee Dong-Gook's early strike for the hosts.

Elsewhere, China and New Zealand played out a 1-1 draw in their friendly at the Hongkou Stadium.

Zhao Peng opened the scoring for China in the 32nd minute before Chris Wood equalised for the All Whites one minute before the half time whistle.


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