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No Messi, no problem as Argentina beat Iraq

Argentina easily overcame Iraq 4-0 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Thursday with three players scoring their first international goals for the twice world champions while German Pezzella also found the net. Argentina were without Lionel Messi, who is taking a sabbatical from international football, and fielded a new-look side

Italy held by Ukraine despite promising first half

Italy, fielding another experimental lineup, produced a lively first-half performance but were still held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ukraine in a friendly on Wednesday. Coach Roberto Mancini made eight changes to the starting line-up from the team which lost 1-0 to Portugal in the Nations League in their

England end World Cup preparations with win over Costa Rica

England have ended their World Cup preparations with a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium this evening. Marcus Rashford opened the scoring in a man-of-the-match display which may have been enough to work his way into the starting lineup for England's World Cup opener, before Danny

David de Gea mistake allows Switzerland to grab a draw in Spain

Ricardo Rodriguez cancelled out a wonderful volley from Alvaro Odriozola as Switzerland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Spain in Sunday night's international friendly at the Estadio de la Ceramica. Odriozola's strike had sent the home side ahead in the 29th minute, but Rodriguez levelled in the 62nd minute following

Portugal stunned by heavy defeat to Netherlands

European champions Portugal suffered a first-half collapse and had Joao Cancelo sent off just past the hour in an embarrassing 3-0 World Cup warm-up defeat by the Netherlands on Monday. Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk all scored by taking advantage of uncharacteristically slack defending by Portugal as the

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