In the highest profile match with football league stars it was Brazil v Chile that went head to head in a World Cup warm-up match.
Nottingham Forest defender Gonzalo Jara started right back for Chile and QPR keeper Julio Cesar started in goal for the Brazilians, the game was a very open affair and Brazil were always on top. In the 13th minute a daydreaming Jara allowed his man to slip in behind him and score the opener, admittedly he probably won’t come across a striker of Hulk’s calibre in the Championship but he should have done better.
Julio Cesar had very little to do through-out the game, and could do absolutely nothing about the goal Chile eventually scored as Vargas just slotted it past him into the bottom corner.
Wigan’s influential midfielder Jean Beausejour started the game against England as they ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley, and came on mid-way through the first half against Brazil due to an injury to a team-mate. He struggled to really have an impact on the game which was largely dominated by the opposition.
Football League representatives of the England under-21s showed their class in an emphatic 9-0 win over San Marino.
Blackpool winger Tom Ince got himself deservedly on the score-sheet and was ever present as England as he provided 4 goals of the 9 goals.
Craig Bryson got his well-deserved full debut for Scotland after some really inspiring form in the Championship, which has seen him named the most influential midfielder currently in the football league. Unfortunately, it was never an easy afternoon for the player as he was played completely out of position and couldn’t get into the game.
Botlon’s Lee Chung-Yong scored his 6th international goal for South Korea in their 2-1 win over Switzerland and was a key player for the side through-out both international games.
And finally, Leicester City’s Andy King added to his solitary international goal in their 1-1 draw with Fnland. Despite being on the same pitch as €100 million Gareth Bale, the Leicester City man was the name on everyone’s lips as he headed home, but were later denied the victory when Riku Riski scored a late equaliser.
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