International Soccer

Friendlies: Spain ties Mexico, England battles back to beat Hungary and more



Mexico had defending World Cup champion Spain on the ropes at a packed Estadio Azteca, but David Silva registered a second-half, stoppage-time equalizer to salvage a 1-1 draw in the highlight of Wednesday's international friendly action.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez opened the scoring in the 12th minute, continuing his torrid run of form as his initial season with Manchester United approaches.

El Tri couldn't hold onto the lead though, as a bad turnover, a beautiful Xavi through ball and a top-class finish from Silva helped Spain earn the tie in the waning moments. Silva, a Manchester City offseason signing, was one of five of Vicente del Bosque's halftime substitutes, and Xavi came on in the 62nd minute.

New York Red Bulls Designated Player Rafael Marquez started and played 58 minutes.

Match highlights and more results after the jump:


Captain Steven Gerard scored twice in a four-minute span to rescue the Three Lions from potential embarrassment at Wembley Stadium.

A Phil Jagielka own-goal put the visitors ahead in the 62nd minute, but Gerard tallied the equalizer in the 69th minute and the winner in the 73rd to help England avoid disaster. 


The World Cup quarterfinalists received goals from Enrique Vera and Cristian Riveros in a sound victory over their CONCACAF opponent.


Katlego Mphela's 42nd-minute goal was all the Bafana Bafana needed to get by the United States' nemesis at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.


Yura Movsisyan made his debut for Armenia, officially ending all chances of the striker ever playing for the United States.


A completely new-look French side fell in Oslo, as Erik Huseklepp's brace was enough for the hosts to overcome an opening goal in the 48th minute by Hatem Ben Arfa.

In Laurent Blanc's debut as manager, France didn't have a single player from this summer's World Cup fiasco on the roster.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four minutes into his return from international retirement to lift Sweden in a rout.

In other friendlies of note on Wednesday:

  • Denmark 2, Germany 2
  • South Korea 2, Nigeria 1
  • Slovenia 2, Australia 0
  • Slovakia 1, Croatia 1
  • Greece 1, Serbia 0
  • Cameroon 3, Poland 0
  • Argentina 1, Ireland 0

Which friendly did you enjoy the most? Surprised by any of the scorelines?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Kevin_Amold

    I have to say Goalscorer, I’m a little surprised at your question.

    What young guys do we gave in the mix for our Senior National Team? Well, let’s count. Not sure what you count as young, let’s say 24 and under.

    -Jozy Altidore

    -Michael Bradley


    -Mo Edu


    Bornstein and Feilhaber are 25. What do all these players have in common? THEY ALL GOT MINUTES IN THE CUP! Except Spector.

    Charlie Davies is 24…

    If you’re waiting for some young 18 year old to burst on the scene, yeah, we don’t have that….yet. But our chances aren’t half bad.


  • Kevin_Amold

    Sorry Tony. The Yanks will always hate the Sawx. The Buckeyes will always hate the Wolverines. My Cougars will always hate the Utes. And all of them vice versa.

    As a USA fan, I will always hate Mexico. doesn’t mean I can’t respect them, because I respect a few of them. Dos Santos can be a truly dangerous player for instance. But I will never pull for their success.

    And if you disagree with me, then you, sir, are a racist!!


  • Goalscorer24

    Kevin_Amold your right I did not write that thought clearly. I was thinking more specific in terms of replacements for Donovan, and Dempsey. They will be 32 for the next cup. I think whatever coach comes in I hope they can use a style that works guys like Francisco Torres more into the team.


  • Tony T

    So now i have to agree with you otherwise I’m racist?? what are you 5 years old?
    Do you even know what the word Racist means, not sure how its even relevant in this topic… you shouldn’t just throw words out there that you don’t know the meaning of , I’m sure you have never had a racial hate crime against you. So do not even use the word “Racist” its to big of a word for you to handle, hopefully you’ll never have to learn about it first hand.


  • Kevin_amold

    Tony, my last line was so obviously tongue in cheek, I’m surprised you missed it.


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