By AVI CREDITOR
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo finally got the chance to face each other on the international stage, and they did not disappoint.
Messi set up the opening goal in the 14th minute with a wonderous pass to scorer Angel Di Maria, only to have Ronaldo answer with a goal of his own seven minutes later. Messi had the final say, though, as he slotted home a 90th-minute penalty kick to deliver Argentina a 2-1 victory over Portugal in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ronaldo was subbed off after 60 minutes, leaving Messi to carry the action for the final half an hour. The Barcelona star nearly set up two other goals, with one potential assist being stuffed by Portugal keeper Rui Patricio and another by the crossbar.
Here are the highlights of the match along with some of the day's other notable outcomes:
FRANCE 1, BRAZIL 0
Brazil was reduced to 10 men after Hernanes was sent off for a high boot to Karim Benzema's chest (a la Nigel De Jong-Xabi Alonso from the World Cup), and Benzema retaliated by scoring the lone goal on a 54th-minute sitter to deliver the victory to the hosts.
GERMANY 1, ITALY 1
Giuseppe Rossi scored an 81st-minute equalizer to salvage a draw for the Azzurri. Miroslav Klose put the Germans ahead early on after some nifty passing between Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller set him up for the opener.
ENGLAND 2, DENMARK 1
Aston Villa teammates Darren Bent and Ashley Young each scored to help the Three Lions rally from an early deficit in Copenhagen.
Other notable results:
- Iran 1, Russia 0
- Croatia 4, Czech Republic 2
- Netherlands 3, Austria 1
- Turkey 0, South Korea 0
- Greece 1, Canada 0
- Spain 1, Colombia 0
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