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Friendly Roundup: Lots of Goals, a Few Surprises

  • ESPN FC, Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:49 PM
There were plenty of goals and a few surprises for FIFA's last-ever international break in August. While the USA’s 4-3 comeback win away to Bosnia and Herzegovina produced the most goals, Germany’s 3-3 come-from-behind draw with Paraguay and Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired 4-2 win at home to Norway came close.

Elsewhere, England earned a 3-2 win at home to neighboring Scotland in yet another come-from-behind win, Mexico thumped Ivory Coast 4-1 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and Argentina eased its way to a 2-1 victory over Italy in front of Pope Francis.

Spain beat Ecuador 2-0 in a game dedicated to the recently deceased Christian “Chucho” Benitez, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late equalizer as Portugal drew 1-1 with the Netherlands. Confederations Cup champion Brazil looked poor in a 1-0 loss away to Switzerland, and finally, Belgium and France shared a 0-0 draw in Brussels in a somewhat open game.

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