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Internationals: Goals and a debut win

Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses found the net on international duty tonight while Willy Caballero made his Argentina debut as they beat Italy...

In Paris, Giroud put France ahead after 11 minutes in their 3-2 defeat to Colombia, capitalising on a mistake by his former Arsenal team-mate David Ospina to fire home from close range. Monaco’s Thomas Lemar doubled Didier Deschamps’ side advantage before Luis Muriel halved the deficit before half-time and Falcao levelled after it. Juan Quintero netted the winner for the South American side from the penalty spot late on. N’Golo Kante played the full game in midfield.

Willy Caballero debuted for Argentina at the age of 36 as they defeated Italy 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. The keeper had a quiet first half as the Azzurri failed to register a shot of any description, but he was called into action a number of times after the interval, most impressively denying Lorenzo Insigne with the game goalless.

Argentina found the net twice in the final 15 minutes through Ever Banega of Sevilla and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini. Davide Zappacosta was brought off the Italian bench for the final half-hour.

Two dark horses for the World Cup, Poland and Nigeria, met in Wroclaw with Moses a starter for the Super Eagles. He went as close as anyone in green to scoring in the first half with a free-kick that flew a whisker wide.

Robert Lewandowski had earlier hit the bar for the hosts but it was Nigeria, through Moses, who broke the deadlock on the hour. The 27-year-old was brought down inside the box and picked himself up to convert the subsequent penalty.

Kenneth Omeruo, on loan at Kasimpasa, was introduced for the final quarter-of-an-hour as Nigeria closed out an impressive victory. Ola Aina remained an unused substitute. Nigeria’s next game is against Serbia on Tuesday at the Hive Stadium in Barnet.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger were all unused substitutes as Germany drew 1-1 with Spain in Dusseldorf.

Earlier on Friday, in the revamped Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will host the opening game and final of the World Cup, Willian impressed as Brazil’s excellent form continued against the tournament hosts.

Willian, who started in a front three with Gabriel Jesus and Douglas Costa, twice had a good sight of goal in the first half. First Igor Akinfeev denied our man at the near-post, and then he struck a volley too close to the Russian keeper.

So goalless at the interval, but it was a different story in the second period as Brazil showed their class. Willian superbly played in Paulinho who had a shot saved, and it wasn’t long until the Selecao went ahead when Miranda knocked in a rebound after Willian’s corner had been headed goalwards by Thiago Silva.

Philippe Coutinho quickly added a second, and some trademark guile from Willian down the right set up an easy third for Paulinho, who couldn’t miss from our winger’s pinpoint cross (below). It was his final meaningful contribution before being withdrawn with 10 minutes to play. Brazil play Germany in Berlin on Tuesday, their first meeting since the fateful World Cup semi-final showdown in Belo Horizonte four years ago now.

At Under-21 level, Danilo Pantic played the full 90 as Serbia crushed Gibraltar 6-0, while Harvey St Clair remained an unused substitute for Scotland who needed a last-minute equaliser to draw with Andorra.

Academy midfielder Juan Castillo scored a penalty late on for Netherlands’ Under-18s as they were beaten 3-1 by Italy. It was a better day for England’s Under-18s who beat Argentina 2-1 in Manchester, with four Chelsea players involved. Marc Guehi, George McEachran and Callum Hudson-Odoi started the game, and Conor Gallagher was introduced off the bench at half-time with England trailing, but a pair of goals after the break sealed an impressive victory against a mixed-age Argentina side.

In the age group below, Clinton Mola and Tino Anjorin featured as England’s Under-17 side lost 1-0 to Brazil.

Yesterday, Andreas Christensen didn’t play for Denmark in their friendly victory over Panama. He has returned to Chelsea.

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