International round-up: Late Eric Dier goal stuns Germany

Sport360 staff 27/03/2016
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Eric Dier.

Russia and Poland stepped up their preparations for Euro 2016 with thumping victories over Lithuania and Finland, while Austria overcame tournament newcomers Albania 2-1.

In Berlin, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the victims of the Brussels terror attacks, with both sets of players wearing black armbands in honour of Dutch great Johan Cruyff who passed away on Thursday at the age of 68.

Toni Kroos gave Joachim Loew’s men a 43rd-minute lead at the Olympic Stadium with a crisp left-footed drive that beat Jack Butland, who was then immediately stretchered off with a leg injury, at his near post.

After seeing a first-half effort incorrectly ruled out for offside,  doubled Germany’s advantage on 57 minutes by heading home a Sami Khedira cross for his first international goal in almost four years.

But Harry Kane halved the deficit four minutes later as the Tottenham striker produced a piece of skill befitting the late Cruyff to fire beyond a helpless Manuel Neuer.

Substitute Jamie Vardy made an immediate impact after replacing Danny Welbeck, with the Leicester City forward superbly flicking home Nathaniel Clyne’s right-wing cross on 74 minutes.

England should have gone ahead after Vardy pounced on a loose pass inside the Germany area, only for Dele Alli to blaze over with the goal gaping.

But Dier ensured Roy Hodgson’s side weren’t left to rue that miss as the Tottenham midfielder powered home a header from Jordan Henderson’s corner in the 91st minute to complete a remarkable turnaround.

Earlier Russia, who will face England in their opening match of the European Championship, cruised to a 3-0 victory over Lithuania in Moscow with goals from Fedor Smolov, Aleksandr Golovin and Denis Glushakov.

Poland have again been drawn alongside title frontrunners Germany at this summer’s finals, having already faced them in qualifying, and strolled to a morale-boosting 5-0 demolition of Finland in Wroclaw.

Rennes midfielder Kamil Grosicki and Verona winger Pawel Wszolek both netted twice apiece with Filip Starzynski also on target as star striker Robert Lewandowski came on for the final 27 minutes.

Austria co-hosted the 2008 finals with Switzerland and booked their place at this year’s edition after dropping just two points during qualifying in a group that also featured Sweden and Russia.

In Vienna, Marcel Koller’s side defeated an Albania team heading to their first major tournament courtesy of early strikes from Marc Janko and Martin Harnik, with Ermir Lenjani pulling one back for the visitors.

Hungary will also travel to France in June after a 30-year finals absence, and Balazs Dzsudzsak struck 11 minutes from time in Budapest to cancel out Mario Mandzukic’s first-half opener in a 1-1 draw with Croatia.

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Harry Redknapp made a successful start as Jordan manager as his side cruised to a comfortable 8-0 win over Bangladesh.

Directly after the game, Redknapp got his first taste of media action as he was quizzed by a local reporter about the win.

This is when the problems started.

It became clear quite fast that Redknapp’s Arabic was not up to scratch, and the reporter’s fractured English added to this confusion.


Judging by his reaction it looks like ‘Arry will need some time to get used to the local media, although he deserves a round of applause for his effort!







Redknapp’s second and final match with the team will be against Australia in Sydney on Tuesday.




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In Prague, where the Czech Republic hosted Scotland, there was a minute’s silence to remember the 31 people killed in Brussels and to honour Cruyff who lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 68 on Thursday.

A minute’s silence was also observed for the Brussels victims in Cardiff where Wales faced Northern Ireland and in Udine where Italy met defending European champions Spain.

Meanwhile, Cruyff was remembered in Rotterdam where Feyenoord and Sparta halted their friendly game for a minute’s applause in the 14th minute.

Cruyff famously wore the number 14 for Ajax and the Dutch national team during his playing career.

Italy went looking for revenge for their 4-0 defeat to Spain in the Euro 2012 final and were well set when Lorenzo Insigne ended David De Gea’s six-game cleansheet run in the 67th minute.

But just three minutes later, 35-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz levelled when Gianluigi Buffon spilled Juventus teammate Alvaro Morata’s header.

“I can promise one thing to all Italians — we will be a real team. The players are proud to wear the shirt,” said Italy coach Antonio Conte.

In Prague, Scotland, playing in pink, took the lead against the Czech Republic after 10 minutes through Ikechi Anya.

The Watford winger beat Tomas Koubek in the Czech goal after being put through by Ross McCormack.

Just moments earlier, Czech striker Borek Dockal hit a free-kick against Allan McGregor’s crossbar.

McGregor was called upon again in the second half to keep out the Czechs who face Spain, Turkey and Croatia in the Euro finals in France in June and July.

Scotland failed to qualify for the Euros and are building for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Substitute Simon Church scored an 89th-minute penalty as Wales snatched a 1-1 friendly draw with Northern Ireland in a pre-Euro 2016 sparring contest in Cardiff.

Craig Cathcart put the visitors ahead on the hour, but Church, who is on loan at Aberdeen from Milton Keynes Dons, won and scored a late spot-kick to stretch his side’s unbeaten series of matches against Northern Ireland to eight games.

Wales, who will be playing in a first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, are grouped with England, Russia and Slovakia in France.

Ukraine enjoyed a 1-0 win against Cyprus in Odessa after Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taras Stepanenko scored the only goal.

Ukraine are in the same group as Germany, Poland and Northern Ireland at Euro 2016.

Cenk Tosun scored both goals as Turkey beat Sweden 2-1 in Antalya with defender Andreas Granqvist replying for the visitors eight minutes from time.

Sweden are in the same pool as Belgium, Italy and the Republic of Ireland in the finals in the summer.

They were without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was rested by coach Erik Hamren although he is expected to play against the Czech Republic next Tuesday.

Iceland, who will feature in France alongside Austria, Portugal and Hungary, slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Denmark who failed to make the finals of a tournament they won in 1992.

Nicolai Jorgensen scored both of the Danes goals at Herning in the 50th and 54th minutes. Midfielder Arnor Ingvi Traustason scored in the last minute for Iceland.

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