International frendly round-up: Norway & Hungary claim impressive victories

Norway defeats Czech Republic 3-0 as Hungary crushes Iceland 4-0, while Sweden leaves it late to see off Ukraine

Azerbaijan 0 – 1 Macedonia

Macedonia secured an away victory over Azerbaijan this afternoon with the margin proving to be a solitary goal. The decisive breakthrough in the game came from Inter forward Goran Pandev, who managed to find the net in the 58th minute. The side ranked 96th in the world was able to hold on to its lead for more than 30 minutes in order to claim a narrow victory.

Lithuania 3-0 Armenia

Lithuania claimed a comfortable victory thanks to a goal in the first half and two goals in the last fifteen minutes. It was only eight minutes into the match when the home side was able to establish a lead thanks to a strike from defender Arunas Klimavicius. The Lithuanians doubled their lead in the 75th minute with an effort from left winger Edgaras Cesnauskis, and the win was rounded off for the hosts three minutes later when striker Ricardas Beniusis converted.

Latvia 0 –2 Finland

Finland will be heading home happy this evening after overcoming Latvia by two goals in an impressive away performance. The visitors made the breakthrough on the hour mark thanks to a strike from 25-year-old midfielder Kasper Hamalainen. Young forward Timo Furuholm grabbed himself a goal just before the final whistle to double the lead of the away side and round off a good second half performance to wrap up the victory.

Norway 3– 0 Czech Republic

A confident performance from Norway sealed a 3-0 victory over Czech Republic this evening. Hannover striker Mohammed Abdellaoue gave the Norwegians the lead in the 23rd minute and the advantage going in to half time. New Fulham left back John Arne Riise doubled the lead, and the game was put beyond doubt in the 89th minute when Abdellaoue grabbed his brace to seal an impressive victory for the hosts.

Belarus 1–0 Bulgaria

Belarus was able to overcome Bulgaria this evening in a very tight affair that needed just one goal to separate the sides. The winner came just over the half hour mark when 24-year-old Rubin Kazan midfielder Sergei Kislyak managed to find the net and give the Belarusians the lead. The match proved to be a cagey affair and so the home side managed to withstand Bulgarian attacks and held its advantage to claim the victory.

Cyprus 3- 2 Moldova

Cyprus claimed the win in a thrilling encounter that saw the home side run out 3-2 winners. The hosts took the lead thanks to a goal from midfielder Andreas Avraam. However, the visitors managed to turn the game around with two goals before the break; Alexandru Suvorov grabbed the equalizer and defender Petru Racu gave Moldova the lead in first-half injury time. The home side managed to regroup at halftime and it was not long before the match was brought to 2-2 thanks to Avraam claiming his double in the 52nd minute. The match looked certain to be a draw, until the 90th minute, when Sinisa Dobrasinovic popped up with the winner to give the Cypriots a dramatic victory.

Hungary 4– 0 Iceland

Hungary ran out impressive 4-0 winners over Iceland in Budapest this evening thanks to two goals in each half. The scoring began in the 32nd minute when Sampdoria rising star Vladimir Koman converted, and the lead was doubled on half-time thanks to Genoa's Gergely Rudolf. New Anzhi Makhachkala recruit Balazs Dzsudzsak grabbed a goal on the hour mark to put the game beyond doubt, and the result was rounded off in the 88th minute when midfielder Akos Elek scored the Hungarians fourth goal of the game to heap more misery on the Icelanders.

Ukraine 0– 1 Sweden

Sweden clinched the win courtesy of a 90th minute winner from Tobias Hysen. There was nothing to choose between the sides as attacking players were successfully negated and both teams ultimately cancelled each other out. Hysen however popped up in the closing moments to give the Swedes an impressive away win.