International Friendlies – With the UEFA Nations League games at hand, so many countries have decided to play friendlies to know how fit they are for the games ahead.
When it comes to football, Europe is it’s home. This is why when the international break is on in Europe, all other continents takes the advantage to fix their own competitions and friendly matches during that time.
So many continents are having their continental competitions during this time and therefore the friendlies are not only for Europeans but for all other continents.
In this article, we bring to you international Friendlies fixtures all across the world, the highlight of the ones already played and the take-home facts.
International Friendlies Fixtures
Thursday 8 October Time
S. Africa VS Namibia 17:00
Russia VS Sweden 17:15
Belgium VS Ivory Coast 19:45
England VS Wales 20:00
Friday 9 October
Japan VS Cameroon 13:00
Kenya VS Zambia 14:00
Tunisia VS Sudan 17:00
Mali VS Ghana 18:00
Morocco VS Senegal 19:00
Nigeria VS Algeria 19:30
Saturday 10 October
Cameroon VS Sudan 00:00
Sunday 11 October
Honduras VS Nicaragua 00:00
Costa Rica VS Panama 03:00
S. Africa VS Zambia 14:00
Tanzania VS Burundi 14:00
Monday 12 October
Ghana VS Qatar 16:30
Tuesday 13 October
Iran VS Tajikistan 14:30
Mali VS Iran 15:00
Japan VS Ivory Coast 15:45
Morocco VS Dr. Congo 19:00
Nigeria VS Tunisia 19:30
Mexico VS Algeria 20:00
Senegal VS Mauritania 20:00
Wednesday 14 October
Costa Rica VS Panama 03:00
Some friendlies were played yesterday and they were proven to be interesting and competitive even if it’s not a competitive game.
Some of those countries that were in action yesterday include France, Spain, Portugal just to mention but a few. The results from last night friendlies;
International Friendlies Results
Wednesday 7 October
Portugal 0 – 0 Spain
France 7 – 1 Ukraine
Germany 3 – 3 Turkey
Highlight (International Friendlies)
Portugal – Spain
The Portugal Spain match ended in a goalless draw with Spain having most of the ball and recording 5 shots on target to Portugal’s 1.
The game was Christiano Ronaldo’s 300th game since turning 30 and he couldn’t register a goal in the match despite coming close in the second half after beating the Spanish keeper Kepa but the frame of the goal denied him a goal.
He also would have had an assist but the frame of the goal for the second time came to the rescue of the Spanish side after he gave a delicious cross to Sanchez.
The Chelsea and Spanish keeper Kepa had nothing to do all through the match while the Wolves and Portuguese keeper Rui Patricio was busy all through the match-saving Spain’s 5 shots on target.
Surprisingly, Kepa is the only Keeper to have kept a clean sheet against Christiano Ronaldo since the start of the new season.
France – Ukraine
The France Ukraine match was a thrilling 8 goal match with 7 of those 8 coming in the favour of the French side.
E. Camavinga opened the scoring for France in the 9th minute, then Olivier Giroud followed suit and netted twice after that in the 24th and 33rd minute.
V. Mykolenko then scored a heartbreaking own goal in the favour of France in the 39th minute giving France a 4 – 0 advantage in the first half.
Early in the second half, there looked like there will be hope for the visiting side as V. Tsygankov pulled one back for Ukraine in the 53rd minute.
But after then hope seems to be lost as C. Tolisso, K. Mbappe and A. Griezmann were on target for France in the 65, 82 and 89th minute respectively.
The game was ended surely and it was a thrilling 7 – 1 win for the home side as they prepare for their UEFA Nations League games ahead.
Germany – Turkey
It was another very exciting match between these two as they locked heads against each other and finally settled for a 3 – 3 draw.
Late in the first half, J. Draxler put in the home side in front in the added time of the first half 45+1.
Just immediately after the second half kick-off, O. Tufan drew the visiting side level in the 49th minute.
In 58th minute, however, F. Neuhaus put the home side back in front and E. Karaca drew the visiting side level for the second time in the 67th minute.
In the 81st minute, L. Waldschmidt has the home side the lead for the third time and when Germany thought they had the win, late in added time K. Karama levelled up things for Turkey once again in 90+4.
Stay put for more interesting dramas from the international Friendlies today or come back for some highlight on our blog.
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