England Italy — 07 February 2013

Italy's Marco Verrati celebrates scoring his sides late equaliser in HollandThere was a whole host of friendly games last night involving some of the biggest European football nations.

One of the biggest games of the night was at Wembley where England defeated Brazil 2-1.

The home side took a first half lead through Wayne Rooney, before substitute Fred equalised early in the second half.

Another substitute got the winner, as Frank Lampard scored with a controlled finish just after the hour mark.

Elsewhere Germany won 2-1 in France. The home side took the lead on the stroke of half-time through midfielder Mathieu Valbuena. Germany hit back though first with a Thomas Muller effort six minutes into the second half and then Sami Khedira on 71 minutes.

World champions Spain claimed a 3-1 victory over South Americans Uruguay in Qatar. Cesc Fabregas gave Los Rojas the lead after 16 minutes, before Christian Rodriguez equalised for the Uruguayans on 32 minutes.

Barcelona attacker Pedro put Spain back into the lead on 51 minutes and confirmed victory with his second of the game in the 74th minute.

Two European giants met at the Amsterdam Arena as Holland and Italy drew 1-1. The Dutch were dominant and took the lead on 33 minutes through Jeremain Lens. Italy offered very little in the way of attacking football, but managed to equalise late-on through a Marco Verratti strike.

Argentina won 3-2 in Sweden in an entertaining encounter. The South Americans took the lead after just three minutes, Swedish defender Mikael Lustig putting the ball into his own net. West Brom defender Jonas Olsson then equalised for the side on 17 minutes.

Argentina hit two quick goals through Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain to make it 3-1 by the 23rd minute. Sweden scored a consolation deep into stoppage-time through midfielder Rasmus Elm, but in truth the Argentinians had the game won very early on.

Who achieved the best result of last night in the international friendly games?


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