International round-up: Schurrle and Christensen on target
news Wed 3 Sep 2014
Gary Cahill spent part of his evening wearing the England captain’s armband for the first time as Roy Hodgson’s side beat Norway 1-0 at Wembley.
Cahill started the game alongside Phil Jones in the centre of defence, and enjoyed a relatively comfortable evening as Norway struggled to impact the match from an attacking perspective.
There were few goalscoring opportunities to speak of prior to half-time, with Jack Wilshere seeing a penalty claim waved away for the home side.
Nineteen minutes into the second half, however, England were awarded a spot-kick after Raheem Sterling was brought down inside the penalty area.
Newly appointed captain Wayne Rooney made no mistake with the resulting kick, and when the striker was withdrawn minutes later it was Cahill he handed the armband to.
Seven minutes from time, it was Cahill’s turn to make way, with the Chelsea defender replaced by Phil Jagielka and goalkeeper Joe Hart finishing the game as skipper.
England face a Euro’ 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel next Monday.
Andre Schurrle scored for Germany but was unable to prevent the World Cup-winners from falling to a 4-2 home defeat against Argentina, the team they beat in Brazil to win the tournament.
The South American outfit, undoubtedly looking to make up for that defeat in Rio less than two months ago, started strongly and went in 2-0 up at the break courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero and Erik Lamela.
Just five minutes into the second half Argentina’s lead was doubled through goals from Federico Fernandez and Angel Di Maria, before Schurrle, who started for Germany, pounced inside the six-yard box to pull one back for Joachim Low’s side after his initial strike had been saved.
It was to be the Chelsea winger’s last involvement as moments later he was replaced by Thomas Muller. Mario Gotze pulled another one back for Germany, who face Scotland on Sunday.
Petr Cech, meanwhile, played the full 90 minutes as Czech Republic were beaten 1-0 by USA in Prague.
The only goal of the game was scored five minutes before half-time; Cech did well to save from Mix Diskerud, who had been put clean through, but the ball ran invitingly into the path of Alejandro Bedoya who couldn’t miss.
Next up for Czech Republic is a Euro’ 2016 qualifier against the Netherlands next Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Andreas Christensen was on target for Denmark Under-21s as they beat Russia 4-2 in Aalborg, a result which secured their place in the play-offs for the 2015 European Championships.
The two teams went into the game separated by only one point at the top of the group, but it was the Danes who ran out comfortable winners.
Christensen started for the hosts, who took the lead inside the opening five minutes. Russia were back on level terms just after the half-hour mark, before Denmark raced into a 3-1 lead.
The 18-year-old defender put the game out of sight in the 73rd minute with a simple close-range finish, with the Russians pulling a consolation goal back in the 89th minute.
Christensen was replaced four minutes after scoring, and the result leaves Denmark four points clear at the top of the group with only one game left to play.
Stipe Perica, meanwhile, played 74 minutes as Croatia Under-21s beat Latvia 3-1 to secure their place in the play-offs. The play-off matches will be played over two legs, home and away, to determine which nation progresses to the finals, which take place in Czech Republic.
Both Jake Clarke-Salter and Dominic Solanke featured for England Under-18s in a 4-1 win over the Netherlands at Leigh Sports Village.
The visitors took an early lead before England scored three times before the break, adding a fourth six minutes into the second half.
Clarke-Salter replaced Everton's Ryan Ledson just before the hour mark, with Solanke coming on for Newcastle's Adam Armstrong seven minutes later.
The two teams meet again at Bury's JD Stadium tomorrow.