International Rewind: Argentina top Germany, Spain squeak by Puerto Rico, and more

International Rewind: Argentina top Germany, Spain squeak by Puerto Rico, and more

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International Rewind: Argentina top Germany, Spain squeak by Puerto Rico, and more

Leo Messi Argentina (AP)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and was denied by the post on another chance, but that still do not stop him and Argentina from going into Germany and cruising to victory.

The Albiceleste extended their current winning streak to five games after picking up a 3-1 win over Germany in  one of the marquee matches of Wednesday's busy international FIFA date. Sami Khedira scored an own goal just before halftime, and Messi and Angel di Maria found the back of the net in the second half before the Germans grabbed a consolation goal in Frankfurt through Benedikt Howedes.

CONMEBOL's other heavyweight, Brazil, also recorded a big win while Paraguay settled for a disappointing draw with a CONCACAF opponent. The Selecao cruised to a 3-0 victory over Sweden thanks in part to a brace from Alexandre Pato. Paraguay, meanwhile, could not see off Guatemala and they settled for a 3-3 draw at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. after Carlos Ruiz converted a late penalty kick for Los Chapines.

Puerto Rico did not manage to get a result, but they did put forth a valiant effort in a 2-1 loss to Spain. New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Gaudette was one of the main reasons Puerto Rico did not get blown out at home by a near-full-strength Spanish side, making eight saves against the European champions.

Here's a complete list of results from Wednesday's busy international slate:

Albania 0-0 Moldova

Japan 1-1 Venezuela

South Korea 2-1 Zambia

China 1-1 Ghana

Russia 1-1 Ivory Coast

Armenia 1-2 Belarus

Azerbaijan 3-0 Bahrain

Bulgaria 1-0 Cyprus

Luxembourg 1-2 Georgia

Norway 2-3 Greece

Sweden 0-3 Brazil

Ukraine 0-0 Czech Republic

Denmark 1-3 Slovakia

Austria 2-0 Turkey

Croatia 2-4 Switzerland

Hungary 1-1 Israel

Montengreo 2-0 Latvia

Belgium 4-2 Netherlands

Estonia 1-0 Poland

Macedonia 1-0 Lithuania

Slovenia 4-3 Romania

Iceland 2-0 Faroe Islands

Paraguay 3-3 Guatemala

Canada 2-0 Trinidad & Tobago

Costa Rica 0-1 Peru

Ecuador 3-0 Chile

El Salvador 0-2 Jamaica

Mexico 0-1 United States

Germany 1-3 Argentina

Northern Ireland 3-3 Finland

Serbia 0-0 Ireland

Wales 0-2 Bosnia-Herzegovina

England 2-1 Italy

France 0-0 Uruguay

Scotland 3-1 Australia

Portugal 2-0 Panama

Puerto Rico 1-2 Spain

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What do you think of these results? Surprised Argentina won so easily in Germany? Impressed with Gaudette's performance in Puerto Rico's narrow defeat to Spain?

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