November 18th, 2010
Midweek Results: International Friendlies & Funsies
Tim Cahill’s despair is our deepest joy, sadly. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Midweek international friendlies. From what we can gather, these games serve no useful purpose from a sporting perspective but provide us with the opportunity to perv on players while they’re wearing different coloured jerseys. For this reason, and this reason alone, we at Kickette applaud the international friendly and will campaign for its continued presence in the footballing calendar. Please enjoy our highlights in the meantime.
In a clash that on paper was simply a confrontation between the inept and the sulky, France managed to leave their collective neuroses on the bus and stroll to a 2-1 victory against England. Playing a game of possession football that left the English chasing piggie shaped shadows(left), Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena put away one each, although it could easily have been more. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Andy Carroll looked good on his debut, but it was only when Peter Crouch was brought on for Steven Gerrard that England rallied, Crouch scoring a consolation goal in the 86th minute.
There has been much speculation as to how World Champion’s Spain were overcome so comprehensively by Portugal, the team they dumped out of the World Cup at the last sixteen stage. Could it be a lack of match fitness after their World Cup exploits as Cesc Fabregas claims? Maybe. But we have a different theory.
The 4-0 thumping did not involve any on-field punishment from Cristiano Ronaldo, (Martins, Postiga, Almeida and Spain’s Sergio Ramos scored the goals), but off the pitch it was a different story. Grabbing the mic and offering forth a quick song** prior to kick off (left), C-Ron ensured that Iker Casillas, in particular, was in no fit state to play competitive football. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Poor Iker. Reports that he is now being treated for post traumatic stress disorder remain unconfirmed at this stage.
Lionel Messi proved that his scoring run is not confined to club games, scoring the injury time goal in Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Brazil. Ezequiel Lavezzi (still operating under the terms of his Kickette FAIL FILE probationary period) laid on the ball to Messi who stuck it away for his first win against the Brazilians, and his first international goal in five matches.
Elsewhere, a goal from Klaus Jan Huntelaar (left) gave the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Turkey, Egypt beat Australia 3-0, Sweden held Germany 0-0 and Italy drew 1-1 with Romania. Which all meant nothing in the grand scheme of things. (Reuters/Daylife)
Where do you stand on international friendlies, peeps? A welcome leching opportunity or a waste of time and effort? Tell us.
**He wasn’t singing. But then, you probably already knew that.