England, Brazil win friendly ties

England and Brazil each won friendly matches Saturday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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England and Brazil each won friendly matches Saturday, with the English getting two late goals to beat Argentina 3-2 and the five-time World Cup champion Brazilians routing the United Arab Emirates 8-0. Also, France drew 0-0 against visiting Germany and Italy beat the Netherlands 3-1 as many of soccer's powerhouse teams began warming up for next year's World Cup finals with friendlies, while 10 others began playing for the final five berths in Germany. Michael Owen scored both late goals for England and had another ruled out for offside with the score at 0-0 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Newcastle striker equalized in the 86th and then jumped to meet Joe Cole's cross for the winner in the second minute of injury time. It was Owen's third goal in three games against Argentina. "It was cracking excitement, so much more to it than a friendly,'' Owen said. "Even when they scored, their fans and their players were going mad.'' Rooney scores Wayne Rooney also scored for England, while Hernan Crespo and Walter Samuel scored for Argentina. Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira substituted more than half of his starters in Abu Dhabi after halftime to observe players and scored seven of its goals in the second half. Substitutes Juninho and Fred each scored twice. Kaka, Adriano, Lucio and Cicinho added the others. In other friendly results on Saturday, it was: Scotland 1, United States 1; South Korea 2, Sweden 2; Bulgaria 6, Georgia 2; Finland 2, Estonia 2; Belarus 3, Latvia 1; South Africa 2, Senegal 3; Liechtenstein 1, Macedonia 2; Ivory Coast 2, Romania 1; and Portugal 2, Croatia 0. The Netherlands lost their first match since coach Marco van Basten took over in July 2004. Italy got goals from Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni, while Netherlands defender Ron Vlar netted an own-goal. The Netherlands scored through Ryan Babel. France, Germany draw France drew 0-0 with Germany at Stade de France, extending coach Raymond Domenech's unbeaten run to 17 matches. In a match of few chances, Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger had the best opportunity in the 53rd minute when he ran onto Michael Ballack's defense-splitting pass, forcing goalkeeper Gregory Coupet into a smart save. In Coimbra, Portugal, Armando Petit scored from a free kick and Pedro Pauleta added the second against Croatia. In Glasgow, Scotland, Josh Wolff gave the Americans the lead and Andy Webster equalized. Wolff scored with a penalty in the ninth minute before 26,708 at Hampden Park. In Seoul, South Korea, Markus Rosenberg's second-half goal salvaged the draw for Sweden. Rosenberg produced the equalizer in the 58th minute, flashing a ball across the goalmouth that rebounded in off the far left post. Bakari Kone scored a last-minute winner for Ivory Coast, which will be playing in the World Cup finals for the first time. Arouna Kone also scored for the African team. Momar Ndiaye scored the winner for Senegal at South Africa, while Joel Lindpere equalized in the 85th for Estonia. Dimitar Berbatov, Chavdar Yankov and Svetoslav Todorov scored twice each to give Bulgaria a 6-2 victory over Georgia. (AP)