International Friendly Review (Friday): World Champions Hold Spain As Ronaldo Becomes 3rd Highest Goalscorer

World champions Germany forced Spain to a 1-1 draw in their international friendly game played at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf on Friday night.

Valencia forward Rodrigo gave the visitors a 6th minute lead before Thomas Mueller equalised for the Germans with ten minutes from the halftime interval as both sides settled for a score draw at the end of proceedings in what was part of preparations ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Manchester United star Jesse Lingard continued his good goalscoring form this season as he scored just before the hour mark to give England a 1-0 win over their hosts The Netherlands at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.

In another international friendly game played on Friday night at the Stade De France, hosts France lost a two-goal lead in front of their home fans and went on to lose 3-2 to Colombia.

Olivier Giroud and Thomas Lemar gave the home side a 2-0 lead before goals from Luis Muriel, Radamel Falcao and a late Juan Quintero penalty overturned the result in favour of Jose Pekerman’s side.

Giroud now has 30 goals for France to move joint 7th on the list of goalscorers.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo showed why he is one of the best players on the world football scene as he scored two quickfire goals in added time to give his Portugal side a 2-1 win over Egypt who had earlier taken the lead through in-form Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.

Ronaldo has 81 goals to be the 3rd highest goalscorer behind Ferenc Puskas (Hungary, 84 goals) and Ali Daei (Iran, 109 goals).

Manuel Lanzini and Ever Banega scored in the second half to lead a Messi-less Argentina side to a 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium in what was new coach Luigi Di Biagio’s first game in charge of the team.

2018 FIFA World Cup hosts Russia had earlier lost 3-0 to Brazil courtesy second half goals from Miranda, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho.

International Friendly Results:

Serbia 1-2 Morocco

Netherlands 0-1 England

Italy 0-2 Argentina

France 2-3 Colombia

Mali 1-1 Japan

Senegal 1-1 Uzbekistan

Poland 0-1 Nigeria

Russia 0-3 Brazil

Tunisia 1-0 Iran

Scotland 0-1 Costa Rica

Peru 2-0 Croatia

Mexico 3-0 Iceland

Uruguay 2-0 Czech Republic