INTERNATIONALS: VICTORY FOR IVANOVIC AND DAVID LUIZ

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Branislav Ivanovic kicked-off this week's senior international involvement for Chelsea players with a win and a goal.

The defender, who was captain of the Serbia side, scored the second goal in a 2-0 success against Armenia in a game held in Cyprus on Tuesday afternoon.

Half-an-hour of the friendly had been played when Ivanovic netted from close range after a free-kick had only been parried by the Armenian goalkeeper. It was his sixth international goal on his 48th appearance.

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David Luiz earned his 14th cap for Brazil by playing all 90 minutes of a 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina. The match was held in Switzerland with Real Madrid's Marcelo opening the scoring early on for the Brazilians, but the Bosnians levelled the scores soon after when Man City's Edin Dzeko cut out a David Luiz pass and Vedad Ibisevic of Stuttgart scored.

The match was decided in favour of the South Americans by an own-goal in the final minute.

In what was a run-out for Spain's potential Olympic squad, Oriol Romeu played the first 63 minutes of a match against Egypt. The score was 1-1 when the Chelsea midfielder came off. Spain won 3-1.

Gael Kakuta played the first half of France Under 21s' 1-1 draw at home to Italy and was denied an assist by the offside flag when one quality pass of his was put in the net.

Chelsea new boy Patrick Bamford was on target on his England Under 19 debut, putting his side 2-0 up with a strike in the second half at Leyton Orient. Opponents Czech Republic pulled one back to make it 2-1 before the end.

Bamford, who joined from Nottingham Forest in January, was a half-time substitute. His fellow Chelsea reserve squad members Todd Kane and Nathaniel Chalobah started, Kane playing the full game and Chalobah the first half only. It was Kane who crossed for Bamford to head home his goal.