No goal scored into the net in the first half, both sides then took serious in the second half with André Schürrle broke the ice for host, which was equalized by Henrikh Mkhitaryan through a penalty. Afterwards, Germany players launched a fierce attacking at the rear defense of Armenia.
André Schürrle heads from Philipp Lahm and a kick of Marco Reus were blocked by Hrayr Mkoyan. It was Marco Reus that had a best chance to score at the 30th minute, but owing to the active defense of goalkeeper Roman Berezovski, Marco Reus had to be sent to hospital before the interval with a crural sprain.
Podolski, who replaced Marco Reus, getting into form quickly received a brilliant passing from Toni Kroos and sent it to Schürrle. The midfielder then ingeniously scored. Though Mesut Özil’s shot was kept off by goalpost, the substitute Kevin Grosskreutz brought down Mkhitaryan in the penalty box and gave rival a chance to spot kick. His teammate in Borussia Dortmund scored consequently.
It’s time for Iker Casillas to consider his future, after all he is approaching thirty years old. Iker Casillas told he would like to play for Real Madrid till forty years old in an interview, but he confessed this dream might not be realized. Spain number one assistant Toni Grande pointed out that Iker Casillas was still the best person for goalkeeper.
“If goalkeeper can take care of self, one can play till forty. I hope to play for Real Madrid until forty years old, but we have to think about the future…When the contract between Real Madrid and I ends, I will consider whether continue staying in Real Madrid.” Iker Casillas said. The contract between them will be expired to summer 2017.
Then Iker Casillas selected three most outstanding saves in his career, one was blocking a goal of Diego Perotti from point-blank range while against Sevilla. And the second was saving single-pole ball from Arjen Robben in the final of 2010 South Africa World Cup. The third was killing the hope of Leverkusen to champion in UEFA Champions League 2002.
Spain had won a great many supports of fans from host in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but Sergio Ramos admitted that in 2014 Brazil World Cup Spain do not expect too much support from Brazil fans.
Spain is preparing friendly in South Africa at present, the defender Sergio Ramos was interviewed at Orlando stadium in Johannasberg, he said that Spain should get ready to be Brazil fans’ black books. Though Spain got their first World Cup champion in 2010, they picked up many enemies. And the World Cup next year the host Brazil will undoubtedly be a favorite, Ramos regarded that Spain might be left out and suffering hostility.
“The competition between Spain and Brazil is fierce, we can not expect Brazil fan to support us. Apparently, we won’t get too much supports during World Cup.”
Due to Diego Costa finally chose to play for Spain in international competition, Luiz Felipe Scolari has no choice but to adjust Brazil squad. AC Milan forward Robinho fills the vacancy of Diego Costa representing Brazil to play against Honduras and Chile.
In addition, Thiago Silva, having been absent in regulation game for thigh injury since Sep, is selected into Brazil line-up this season, which fully shows the trust of Scolari. But Paris Saint-Germain player’s teammate Lucas Moura drops out having struggled to earn a starting berth.
And Alexandre Pato fails to leave a deep impression in previous friendly games against South Korea and Zambia. Consequently, he loses the chance to play in the following games.
Moreover, the Chelsea newcomer Willian returns to national team. This would be his first appearance on behalf of Brazil in two years.
Tottenham Hotspur wing forward Andros Townsend earned the starting place representing England for the first time. Before long he became the key figure in beating Montenegro by 4-1. England coach Roy Hodgson high praised him post-game for the young player’s perfect debut.
“He has a huge impact to this game, as the best player of the match, he lives up to this honor,” said Roy Hodgson in an interview post-game. “Townsend completed a brilliant debut. It is not easy. He presented cool in match, I saw his potential when I watched QPR vs Tottenham Hotspur.”
If England wants to get qualification in World Cup next summer, the team must win Poland in last qualifying. Roy Hodgson believes his side can fulfill the critical task.
Belgium, Switzerland, Germany advanced to Brazil World Cup with one game in hand, but left quotas of qualification to World Cup has to be contended out from nine groups.
Last month Netherlands and Italy became the first teams to World Cup 2014 next summer. And victories of Belgium, Switzerland and Germany drove them a ride to be the second wave of qualifiers. But a plenty of question marks are there for four group winners and eight quotas for play-offs are still not known yet.
Belgium, in fact, only needs one point against the second Croatia in Group, but they took three points thanks to Romelu Lukaku scored twice reaching this World competition since 2002. Switzerland sealed first position in Group C by winning Albania with 2:1, while Germany ensured their 23th World Cup appearance successively by a comprehensive 3:0 win over Ireland.
Inter Milan bounced back and beat Fiorentina by 2:1 at home, maintaining unbeaten trend in new season. Joaquín was felling down in the penalty area around one hour, Giuseppe Rossi put his spot-kiick calmly who scored five goals in five matches. Twelve minutes later, Esteban Cambiasso caught chance to equalize the score due to goalkeeper Neto’s mistake. And Brazilian side back Jonathan scored from close range.
Inter Milan recently takes three points, lifting their rank to the second, while Vincenzo Montella’s sides only stays at five temporarily.
Portugal beat Northern Ireland by 4-2 in last World Cup qualifier and Cristiano Ronaldo presented a hat-trick for his national team, however, this 28-year-old Real Madrid super star declared he would not appeared on warm-up game against Brazil for inflamed tendon.
“Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal is still powerful. We have to be fully prepared for the game.” Brazil key center back Thiago Emiliano da Silva said in an interview, “Cristiano Ronald’s absence will not make me happy. Everyone feel regret to see such a fellow player suffering injury. And we have talked about this with Marcelo. If Cristiano Ronald can play, the game will be more exiting.”
Spain, who won Euro Championship and World Cup, is definitely the most prominent national team in recent years. And the two major giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have contributed many players for the national team.
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque indicated in recent days that the standard of International Selections had nothing to do with club, but only for the best benefit of national team. Meanwhile he confessed there might have 14 players from Barcelona to join Spain national team.
“In the previous game against Panama, eight Barcelona players were enrolled, while Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Xavier Hernandez Creus and Thiago Alcántara were absent for injury” said Del Bosque in an interview.
“Cristian Tello Herrera who hadn’t been selected only had a short step to national team. Besides, Gerard Deulofeu is growing. If these fourteen Barcelona players can show their best condition and national team needs them, we will called them up without hesitation.”
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos claims that the competing for free-kick inside club is benign to the team.
Sergio Ramos is obviously one of the beneficiaries. In the friendly game that Spain vs Panama, the substitute Sergio Ramos rewrote the score for Spain again. With so many excellent penalty kickers, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil, it is quite usual and exciting that Sergio Ramos has such good free-kick skill.
He told reporters, “it is good to have competition.”
“We have lots of good players in Real Madrid for learning each other within the team. Sometimes I can decide the game. Of course, I need ask for advice from Ronaldo and Ozil.”
The Spaniard affirmed the warm-up match performance and denied the argument that Spain national team is totally comprised of Real Madrid and Barcelona.