Spain held onto a one goal lead to edge past Cesare Prandelli's men in Madrid in the repeat of the Euro 2012 final.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Real Madrid star struck twice as Paulo Bento's side produced a ruthless attacking display on Wednesday.
Goals from Marouane Fellaini and Radja Nainggolan had put the hosts in control before the visitors produced a stirring comeback
Goal was on hand in Stuttgart to see Germany edge past a plucky Chile side, with a solitary Mario Gotze goal being just enough to give Joachim Low's men a slightly undeserved win
Les Bleus ran out deserved winners against the Dutch in their first match since qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil
Roy Hodgson's men secure deserved win with late Sturridge header
The Liverpool striker converted Adam Lallana's cross to settle the friendly encounter at Wembley, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw featuring for the Three Lions
Joachim Low's charges held onto a narrow lead to beat Jorge Sampaoli's men in the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Wednesday night
There is still plenty of work to do for Alejandro Sabella's side ahead of the World Cup as the Albiceleste produced an uninspiring display to stumble to a 0-0 draw.
The Selecao captain was delighted with his side's 5-0 victory over South Africa at Soccer City on Wednesday and insists they are ready to claim World Cup 2014
An early goal was the difference between the two sides with the Black Stars guilty of wasting a number of opportunities
Goal reviews the performances of those on show in Johannesburg as Neymar's hat trick lit up Soccer City with the Selecao recording a comfortable victory
The two nations meet in Brussels in a friendly on Wednesday and the Manchester City captain feels both are well placed to surprise people in Brazil next summer.
The Arsenal playmaker may be going through a crisis under club manager Arsene Wenger,2 but there is zero possibility of him being benched by Joachim Low.
The Arsenal forward has been a regular under Roy Hodgson despite a middling international record but, for once, there is a promising queue of talented players to take his place.
It would be to the severe detriment of the national side if the former Fiorentina boss was to overlook the talented 21-year-old for the summer's trip to Brazil.
The striker has dismissed reports that he has been upset by the prospect of missing out on the World Cup and says there is plenty of time before the next squad is named.
The Confederations Cup hero has overcome a difficult time with injury and this week returns to the Selecao for his first international appearance since August 2013.
The flamboyant coach thinks Oranje face a tough task to make an impact at this summer's tournament as he does not see them as one of the teams to beat.
The Chelsea attacker has moved to play down expectations ahead of Brazil 2014 but is looking forward to facing Didier Drogba in a friendly on Wednesday.