The Netherlands and Germany play a draw in an exciting exhibition game, monster victories for France, Spain and Norway

The Netherlands and Germany drew 1-1 in an exhibition game on Tuesday evening. The Dutch are therefore not in pot 1 for the draw of the World Cup in Qatar, which will be held on Friday. Furthermore, in the practice matches, monster victories by Spain, France and Norway stood out.

Dutch national coach Louis Van Gaal again opted for Mark Flek (28, Freiburg) as goalkeeper in the exhibition game, but for the other positions it was clearly the strongest players who kicked off. With the Germans two newer names: David Raum (23, Hoffenheim) and Nico Schlotterbeck (22, Freiburg). However, it was experienced rot Thomas Müller who worked the 0-1 against the ropes with a solid peg after mistasting with the Dutch.

The Dutch did not return until late in the second half. Steven Bergwijn, who started from the bench, still equalized. Our northern neighbors were the closest to a victory with opportunities for Klaassen and De Ligt, while Flek saved ex-Anderlecht striker Lukas Nmecha from the goal. As a result, the Dutch are not seeded for the World Cup draw next Friday.

Maguire whistled for England

The English practiced at Wembley, led by the Belgian ref Eric Lambrechts, against the Ivory Coast. The home crowd turned against defender Harry Maguire from the start: he was whistled at the announcement of the line-up and at his first ball touches. Ollie Watkins, 26-year-old Aston Villa striker, opened the scoring against the Ivorians with a simple tap. His second international goal ever, his second in four days.

Even before half time, Serge Aurier, who played for Tottenham for a long time at Wembley when White Hart Lane was demolished for Tottenham Stadium, was shown red with a second yellow card. Just before half time, Raheem Sterling scored the 2-0. Tyrone Mings scored England’s third goal in stoppage time.

Fantastic return Eriksen

Nine months after Christian Eriksen collapsed during the European Championship match against Finland, the Dane is back in Parken, the stadium in Copenhagen where it all went wrong. Eriksen was immediately treated to a standing ovation by the Danish public. The Dane was visibly impressed and thanked his fans by kicking the 3-0 against the ropes just before the hour.

Chiellini’s last international match?

Giorgio Chiellini was surprisingly in the starting lineup with the Italians in the away game against Turkey. The Juventus defender had barely played in recent months, but was still awarded the captain’s armband for his 115th and possibly last international game. The opening goal came in the name of the home team, Cengiz Under gave them the lead.

After half an hour, however, the Italians turned the game around: first Bryan Cristante scored the equalizer, a few minutes later Giacomo Raspadori suddenly put the game at 1-2. In the second half it was the same Sassuolo striker who deepened the lead. The Turks came even closer via Serdar Dursun, but it didn’t get more than 2-3.


Spain – Iceland 5-0

Arnar Vidarsson was allowed to visit Spain with his Vikings, but as national coach, he did not enjoy it much. The home team made it a party: Alvaro Morata and substitute Pablo Sarabia scored twice, Yérémy Pino also scored.

France – South Africa 5-0

The world champions immediately put pressure on the visitors, but it was still a while until the inevitable goal came. The equally inevitable Kylian Mbappe was responsible: he curled the 1-0 into the snag from the edge of the sixteen. Olivier Giroud also did not stay dry in the shirt of Les Bleus: he scored thanks to a nice control from Griezmann in the sixteen.

It was only in the last fifteen minutes that France could suddenly broaden the victory. One more time Mbappé and substitutes Wissam Ben Yedder and Mattéo Guendouzi made it a big 5-0 after all.

The Netherlands and Germany play a draw in an exciting exhibition game, monster victories for France, Spain and Norway

Photo: AFP

Norway – Armenia 9-0

The biggest pandoering came from this party. The Norwegians, with Andreas Hanche-Olsen (Ghent) and a scoring Kristian Thorsvedt (Genk) in the starting line-up, could count on their excellent forward line. Joshua King kicked three against the nets, Erling Braut Haaland stuck to two roses. Ex-Gentenaar Alexander Sorloth also came in and scored two more times.

The Netherlands and Germany play a draw in an exciting exhibition game, monster victories for France, Spain and Norway

Photo: via REUTERS

Teuma and Hendry scored

The Maltese practiced Tuesday evening against another small football state: Kuwait. Malta took it 2-0, thanks to Teddy Teuma (Union) and Alexander Satariano. There was also a ‘Belgian’ goal in the Austria-Scotland game: Jack Hendry of Club Brugge opened the score for the Scots in the 2-2 draw.


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