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Llorente late show spares Spanish blushes

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by PA

Substitute Fernando Llorente rescued Spain with an injury-time winner as they defeated Saudi Arabia 3-2 in their World Cup warm-up match at Innsbruck. Osama Hawsawi gave Saudi Arabia a shock lead and although David Villa and Xabi Alonso scored to turn things around, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi's 74th-minute goal appeared to have denied the European champions. However, Athletic Bilbao striker Llorente ...Full Story »

Diego Maradona and Argentina touch down in South Africa for World Cup

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by theguardian.com

Diego Maradona and his Argentina squad arrived in South Africa for the World Cup today, looking jet-lagged as they were greeted by media at Johannesburg airport. Maradona blew a kiss to reporters, saying: "Hola, South Africa. I love South Africa." Security was tight at the airport, with a line of South African police carrying guns and wearing dark blue uniforms moving out on to the tarmac as ...Full Story »

Yoann Gourcuff applauds France's new attacking formation

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by theguardian.com

Raymond Domenech is being urged by his players to let them keep playing attacking football at the World Cup, because they feel so comfortable in their new 4-3-3 formation. Domenech switched to a more adventurous style in Wednesday's 2-1 win against Costa Rica, and the signs were encouraging enough for him to try it again in tomorrow's friendly against Tunisia. The France midfielder Yoann Gou...Full Story »

Tom Huddlestone and Darren Bent to start for England against Japan

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by theguardian.com

Darren Bent and Tom Huddlestone will get the chance to claim places in England's final 23 for the World Cup after Fabio Capello confirmed they will both start tomorrow's friendly international against Japan. The England manager needs to cut seven players from his preliminary squad of 30 ahead of the tournament in South Africa and both Bent and Huddlestone are in the group of players fighting ...Full Story »

Spain’s Marchena sets mark with 50 unbeaten games

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Spain defender Carlos Marchena has set a new record of 50 straight games without defeat in Spain’s 3-2 victory over Saudi Arabia in a World Cup warmup. Marchena overtook Brazil great Garrincha, who was unbeaten in 49 consecutive matches from 1955-66. Marchena is not a regular starter for the European champions and came on as a substitute for Sergio Ramos in the 61st minute Saturday. Spa...Full Story »

Early penalty helps Germany defeat Hungary 3-0

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Germany thumped Hungary 3-0 in a World Cup warmup on Saturday. Lukas Podolski converted from the spot in the 5th minute after Hungary’s Sandor Torghelle pulled down Per Mertesacker following a corner kick. Mario Gomez added a goal in the 69th, just minutes after he came on as a substitute, and Cacau made it 3-0 in the 73rd by outrunning the defense. Germany’s Mesut Oezil had three ...Full Story »

Altidore, Dempsey gave US 2-1 win over Turkey

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey scored second-half goals, giving the United States a 2-1 exhibition win over Turkey on Saturday in the Americans’ last game before leaving for the World Cup. Arda Turan put the Turks ahead in the 27th minute on a counterattack after right back Jonathan Spector was dispossessed upfield. Altidore tied the score in the 58th minute and Dempsey put the U.S. ahe...Full Story »

Spain 3-2 Saudi Arabia

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by Goal.com

The Athletic Bilbao forward's late header handed the win to Del Bosque's sloppy side... An injury time winner from Fernando Llorente gave Spain a 3-2 win over a resolute Saudi Arabia side in this afternoon's World Cup warm-up match. Osama Hawsawi have given the Saudis a shock lead, but goals from David Villa and Xabi Alonso edged La Roja into the lead. Al Namre's freak goal brought the score...Full Story »

Sweden 4-2 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by Goal.com

The young Blackburn star shone bright tonight... A Sweden side, without their captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, hosted Bosnia & Herzegovina tonight as part of the international friendlies leading up to the World Cup. It was a comprehensive win for the hosts as Blackburn Rovers starlet Martin Olsson pulled a brace out of the bag in the second half to quash any fears the fans had of the game endin...Full Story »

Ukraine 3-2 Romania

Posted Sunday, May 30, 2010 by Goal.com

It was a game packed with plenty of ups and downs tonight in Ukraine... Ukraine held on for the win by the skin of the their teeth tonight as they played hosts to Romania as part of this week's warm-up matches leading up to the World Cup. The home side took charge of the game early on, Lokomotiv Moscow's Oleksandr Aliyev netting after 15 minutes for the only goal of the first half. However ...Full Story »

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