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Germany held by Italy

15 Nov 2013 22:46:51

Germany held by Italy

Joachim Low celebrated his 100th game on the Germany bench with a 1-1 friendly draw over old rivals Italy, who remain unbeaten against the Germans since 1995.

Two defenders provided the goals at San Siro with Mats Hummels on target early on for Germany before Ignazio Abate equalised for the hosts.

Nicolai Boilesen's last-gasp goal sealed a 2-1 victory over Norway that helped Denmark repair some wounded pride following their failure to reach the World Cup qualifying play-offs.

Denmark finished second to Italy in Group B but had the worst record of the nine runners-up and missed out, together with Norway who were a poor fourth in their own group.

William Kvist's early header sent Denmark on their way and, even though Marcus Pedersen equalised 12 minutes from time, Ajax defender Boilesen settled the game on the stroke of full-time.

A quick exchange of goals saw Russia and Serbia play out a 1-1 draw in Dubai.

Fabio Capello's men took the lead through Aleksandr Samedov on the half-hour mark but less than a minute later Serbia were celebrating Filip Djordjevic's equaliser.

Switzerland's trip to Seoul ended in disappointment as South Korea came from behind to win 2-1, Lee Chung-yong scoring a late winner after Hong Jeong-ho had cancelled out Pajtim Kasami's opener.

It was the same story for Azerbaijan, who lost by the same scoreline in Estonia.

Rauf Aliyev made the breakthrough for Berti Vogts' visitors only for Sergei Zenjov and Joel Lindpere to turn the game around in the second half.

A solitary moment of madness cost Northern Ireland a battling draw in Adana as Roy Carroll and Chris Baird gifted Turkey a 1-0 win.

Just seconds before the break goalkeeper Carroll and defender Baird suffered a dreadful lack of communication, both standing off as Mevlut Erdinc nipped in to touch Bilal Kisa's chip over the line.

There was a 2-0 victory for the Czech Republic in Prague as goals from Ondrej Celustka and Tomas Horava sent Canada back across the Atlantic Ocean on the back of a third straight defeat.

Elsewhere, Juraj Kucka and Robert Mak scored the goals that earned Slovakia a 2-0 win in Poland, while Scotland played out an uninspiring goalless draw with the United States at Hampden.


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