Chelsea's Torres Suffers Concussion

The Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres was injured and substituted in the first half of a friendly against Italy in Bari on Wednesday night, where a late goal from the Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani gave Italy a 2-1 win over the world champions.

Fernando Torres of Chelsea suffers concussion in Spain defeat by Italy It was reported later that Torres, who was on the pitch for 14 minutes, had suffered mild concussion and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Riccardo Montolivo gave Italy the lead after 11 minutes before the visitors lost Torres and Gerard Piqué to injury. Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso levelled from the penalty spot after Giorgio Chiellini had fouled Torres's replacement, Fernando Llorente. The game seemed to be heading for a draw until Aquilani struck from 20 yards out as time was running out.

Germany won 3-2 at home to Brazil, with all five goals coming in the final half-hour in Stuttgart. Bastian Schweinsteiger gave the hosts the lead with a 61st‑minute penalty following Lúcio's foul on Toni Kroos before Mario Götze made it 2-0 with a close‑range finish six minutes later.

Brazil's Dani Alves was then brought down in the box by Philip Lahm and the Milan forward Robinho reduced the deficit from the spot. Andre Schurrle scored his third goal in his sixth international match to extend Germany's lead, with the in-demand youngster Neymar scoring a last-minute second for Brazil.

A strong France team were held to a 1-1 draw by Chile in Montpellier, despite taking the lead, through Loïc Rémy, after 20 minutes. France then continued to create chances but it was Chile who found an equaliser when Barcelona's Alexis Sánchez crossed for the striker Nicolas Cordova to level the match with 13 minutes remaining.

The match also featured Samir Nasri, who is not expected to feature in Arsenal's opening Premier League fixture this weekend, if it goes ahead, as his future at the club remains uncertain.

Powered by article was written by Andy Martin, for The Guardian on Wednesday 10th August 2011 23.47 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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