Argentina, Brazil, England victorious in soccer friendlies
Belgium scores 4 on the Dutch
Phil Jagielka's first international goal and a late strike from Jermain Defoe helped England beat Italy 2-1 on Wednesday in a friendly rematch of their European Championship quarter-final.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, whose side beat England on penalties at Euro 2012 in June, opted for youth for the match in Switzerland. But it was one of the old guard who gave the Azzurri the lead in the 15th minute when Daniele De Rossi headed in a corner.
Jagielka levelled for England in similar circumstances shortly before the half hour mark and Defoe struck the winner on the break in the 79th minute.
Both sides were much changed from the European Championship match, which Italy won en route to the final, where it lost 4-0 to Spain.
Ashley Young was the only survivor from the England side which started that match, while Ignazio Abate, Federico Balzaretti and De Rossi were the only players to feature in both starting lineups for Italy.
England coach Roy Hodgson handed debuts to Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland and Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli pulled out of the Italy squad on Monday with conjunctivitis, meaning uncapped Stephan El Shaarawy and Mattia Destro started up front for the Azzurri.
Butland was called into action for the first time in the 15th minute when he reacted swiftly to turn aside Alessandro Diamanti's curling free-kick which flicked off the head of Leighton Baines.
However, from the resulting corner, Italy went in front when De Rossi headed in Diamanti's cross. It was the Roma midfielder's 78th game for the Azzurri.
Destro almost immediately doubled Italy's lead but he headed straight at Butland.
Hodgson's team got level in the 27th thanks to Jagielka's diving header to meet Frank Lampard's corner.
Joel Lescott should have put England in front during a goalmouth tussle with Peluso in the 73rd minute, only for Salvatore Sirigu to make a save on the line. The rebound ricocheted off Lescott's knee and Peluso's head before crashing off the post.
Ruddy produced another excellent save to deny Marco Verratti before Defoe scored a curling 20-metre shot following a swift counterattack.
Defoe almost doubled his tally minutes later, only narrowly missing the target.
It was Italy's fourth friendly defeat in succession.
Argentina 3, Germany 1
Lionel Messi scored one goal and missed a penalty Wednesday as Argentina beat 10-man Germany 3-1 in a friendly.
Germany substitute goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved the Barcelona star's weak penalty with his first touch of the ball.
The 20-year-old ter Stegen had just replaced Ron-Robert Zieler, who became Germany's first goalkeeper to be sent off in an international for bringing down Jose Sosa in the 30th minute.
Argentina took the lead in first-half injury time, when Semi Khedira deflected Angel di Maria's corner into his own net, before Messi made amends for his earlier miss by scoring in the 52nd minute.
Di Maria made it 3-0 with a thunderous strike from distance in the 73rd, before defender Benedikt Hoewedes headed an 82nd-minute consolation goal.
Brazil 3, Sweden 0
Brazil returned to the site of its 1958 World Cup victory and defeated Sweden 3-0 Wednesday night in the final international match at the Rasunda Stadium as Alexandre Pato scored twice in the second half.
With Pele on hand, Leandro Damiao headed in a cross from Neymar to beat goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson in the 32nd minute.
Pato entered in the 76th, scored on a header in the 85th and converted a penalty kick two minutes later after a foul by Pontus Wernbloom.
Friends Arena, which has a retractable roof, is under construction and is scheduled to open Nov. 14 with an exhibition between Sweden and England.
Belgium 4, Netherlands 2
— Belgium beat Netherlands 4-2 in a friendly between the two neighbours to spoil the coaching return of Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.
In a free-flowing game, Belgium's Dries Mertens scored one goal and set up two others late in the second half to turn a 2-1 deficit in a confidence-boosting victory for the Red Devils, who will be looking to reach their first World Cup in 12 years when qualifying open this fall.
Christian Benteke, West Bromwich Albion's Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen scored the other goals for Belgium while Luciano Narsingh and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke 04 scored for the Netherlands.
Van Gaal was appointed Netherlands coach to succeed Bert van Marwijk in the wake of the disappointing Dutch performance at the European Championship, where Oranje lost all three of its first-round games.
It was obvious the Dutch still had not fixed their defensive problems as the Belgians ran through for three easy goals late in the second half.
It made for a blissful full debut of Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, who had replaced outgoing coach Georges Leekens since late last season.
The Netherlands hosts Turkey and goes to Hungary next month to kick off its World Cup qualifying campaign. Belgium is travelling to Wales and hosts Croatia as it is seeking to clinch its first World Cup spot since 2002.
The game was played in front of some 50,000 fans at the King Baudouin stadium.
France 0, Uruguay 0
Didier Deschamps' first match in charge of France ended in a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in a friendly on Wednesday.
Les Bleus dominated from start to finish but struggled to find a way through the Uruguay defence.
On the rare occasions it did have a sight of goal, Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was up to the challenge.
Deschamps took over as coach last month when Laurent Blanc refused the offer of a new two-year contract in the wake of France's 2-0 loss to eventual winner Spain in the European Championship quarterfinals.
He has introduced a stricter regime following France's disciplinary problems at the last two tournaments.
Deschamps made his point by leaving out defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila and winger Hatem Ben Arfa after their behaviour during Euro 2012.
Portugal 2, Panama 0
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 36th international goal and Nelson Oliveira scored his first as Portugal beat Panama 2-0 in a friendly game Wednesday.
Ronaldo span around on the edge of the area and fired a half-volley past Jaime Penedo in the 51st minute after Panama midfielder Gabriel Gomez was sent off for elbowing Joao Moutinho.
Oliveira, viewed as one of Portugal's up-and-coming players for the 2016 World Cup, put the host ahead in the 30th with a left-foot shot on his first start.
Portugal's dominance was never in doubt, though Panama striker Edwin Aguilar occasionally rattled the home team's defence.
Coach Paulo Bento made six changes to the team that lost in a penalty shootout against Spain in the semifinals of the European Championship in June.
Spain 2, Puerto Rico 1
Santi Carloza and Cesc Fabregas scored first-half goals to give world champion Spain a 2-1 exhibition win over Puerto Rico on Wednesday, its first match since winning European Championship last month.
Carloza, preparing for his Arsenal debut, scored in the 42nd minute and Fabregas doubled the lead in the 45th with a low volley.
Marc Cintron.scored 19 minutes into the second half for Puerto Rico, beating goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
While Spain is the top-ranked team in the world, Puerto Rico is ranked 138th.
United States 1, Mexico 0
Michael Orozco Fiscal scored in the 80th minute, giving the United States its first-ever win at Mexico with a 1-0 victory in an exhibition Wednesday night.
Brek Shea, who entered two minutes earlier, went down the left flank and around Severo Meza. Shea, back with the national team after being dropped for six months, crossed to Terrence Boyd. He made a quick backheel pass to Orozco Fiscal, who had entered in the 77th
Orozco Fizcal, who plays in Mexico for San Luis, kicked the ball past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for his first international goal.
The U.S. had been 0-23-1 against El Tri in 75 years of games at Mexico, including 0-19-1 in the thin air at altitude in Mexico City — where they have been outscored 81-14.
Paraguay 3, Guatemala 3
Carlos Ruiz scored on an 84th-minute penalty to help Guatemala to a 3-3 draw against Paraguay in an entertaining exhibition match Wednesday evening.
Ruiz also drew an earlier penalty that Marco Pappa converted, and Manuel Leon scored in Guatemala's first positive result in three matches against Paraguay this year.
Hernan Perez, Jonathan Fabbro and Oscar Cardozo scored for Paraguay during a match it led twice. Guatemala also held a lead late in the first and early in the second half.
In a tuneup for September World Cup qualifiers, the two nations played their highest scoring contest in 11 meetings.