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Uruguay beat France 1-0 in a Confederations Cup 2013 warm-up match in front of around 35,000 fans at the Estadio Centenario in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo last night. It was Uruguay‘s only chance to experiment in a friendly match ahead of their Confederations Cup campaign later this month, although they do still have a World Cup 2014 qualification game away in Venezuela before they travel to Brazil.
It was a fairly uneventful game against an experimental French side and the only goal came just after half time when substitute Luis Suarez, who had come on at half time for Diego Forlan, beat Marseille’s Steve Mandana with a neat shot. It was the first action for Suarez in several weeks as he has been serving a ban in England as a result of the second biting incident of his career whilst playing for Liverpool against Chelsea.
The teams were:
Uruguay: Muslera, Lugano (Scotti 46), Pereira, Cáceres, Pereira (Rodriguez 71), Coates, Gargano, Arévalo (Eguren 46), Lodeiro (Ramirez 46), Forlán (Suarez 46), Cavani (Hernandez 66)
France: Mandanda, Sagna, Trémoulinas, Koscielny, Mangala, Matuidi (Cabaye 76), Valbuena (Grenier 67), Gourcuff (Lacazette 58), Capoue (Guilavogui 67), Payet, Giroud (Gomis 58)
England manager Roy Hodgson has announced that left-back Ashley Cole will captain the national team in tonight’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium. This is in honour of Cole becoming only the seventh player to have reached one hundred England caps – a feat which he achieved against Brazil in February – and he will be presented with a special golden cap before kick-off tonight to mark the occasion before he leads the team in what will be his 102nd appearance for his country.
England are without several players for the fixture following the international retirement of Rio Ferdinand and the withdrawal from the squad of captain Steven Gerrard, plus Tom Cleverley, Jack Wilshere, Kyle Walker and Andy Carroll with various injuries. Danny Welbeck is also a doubt for the match and the Manchester City and Chelsea contingent are likely to be tired having been on a post season mini-tour of the United States.
Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is likely to start in attack alongside Wayne Rooney, with Michael Carrick and Frank Lampard in central midfield. James Milner and Theo Walcott may complete the midfield four but Jack Rodwell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also in contention. Phil Jagielka is expected to partner Gary Cahill in central defence, with Cole at left-back and Glen Johnson on the right and Joe Hart in goal.
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has already named his starting eleven for the match and he goes with David Forde of Millwall in goal behind a back four of Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Sean St Ledger (Leicester City) and Stephen Kelly (Reading). Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) and Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow) make up the midfield, with Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) up front.
Manchester City and Chelsea kicked off their post-season tours with a topsy turvy seven goal thriller in St Louis, Missouri. The Premier League pair named strong sides for the occasion in front of a sell-out 48,000 plus crowd and provided plenty of entertainment for their American based fans.
It was a game of two halves as Chelsea took control of the first period with Demba Ba giving them the lead in the 14th minute and they made it two just before half time when Cesar Azpilicueta scored a penalty following a foul on Juan Mata.
Both teams made five changes at the interval but it got even worse for the Premier League runners up in the 53rd minute when Brazilian midfielder Oscar further extended the Chelsea lead, having replaced Juan Mata. City then introduced Maicon and Milner and got back into the game with two goals in two minutes from Javi Garcia and substitute Edin Dzeko.
Chelsea clung on to their lead until the 84th minute when Dzeko beat Chelsea substitute goalkeeper Jamal Blackman again to make it three apiece and fellow substitute Micah Richards snatched a last minute winner for the Sky Blues to complete an unlikely turn-around. The two sides meet again at the Yankees Stadium in New York on Saturday.
César Farías’ Venezuela team picked up a second successive win in a friendly match against El Salvador at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano de Mérida in the west of the country. The 2-1 victory follows their surprise 1-0 success against Colombia in the World Cup qualifiers back in March and maintains momentum ahead of June’s qualifying matches in Bolivia and at home to Uruguay. El Salvador have now lost three friendly matches in a row, conceding ten goals and scoring only one as they warm up for next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.
There was a decent crowd of around 28,000 in Merida to witness La Vinotinto fight back from a goal behind to secure their win. Darwin Ceren had put the visitors ahead mid-way through the first half and they held on to their advantage until the fifty sixth minute when Cesar Gonzalez equalised from the penalty spot. Twelve minutes later there was another penalty and this time Josef Martinez was handed responsibility. He was equal to the task and slotted home to make it 2-1 to Venezuela and send the local fans home happy.