Late goals save Spain at Wem­b­ley

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Eng­land threw away a two-goal lead in the dy­ing stages of their in­ter­na­tional friendly with Spain this evening as the vis­i­tors res­cued a late 2-2 draw at Wem­b­ley.

Goals from Adam Lal­lana and Jamie Vardy had seem­ingly set the hosts on their way to vic­tory in South­gate's fi­nal match in in­terim charge of the team, but Iago As­pas and Isco struck late on to main­tain Julen Lopetegui's un­beaten start to life as Spain boss.

Ger­many have played out a goal­less draw with Italy at the San Siro to see their un­beaten run against their fel­low Euro­pean heavy­weights ex­tend to a fourth game.

The high-pro­file fix­ture failed to truly live up to the hype, al­though the two teams - both show­ing a string of changes from their last out­ings - did pro­vide a fair ac­count of them­selves in a tightly-con­tested match.

There was to be no re­venge for the hosts, who were knocked out of Euro 2016 by yes­ter­day's op­po­nents at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage, but they did at least en­sure that their un­beaten run on home soil against Die Mannschaft will ex­tend into a fourth decade by the time they next lock horns.

Three days after be­ing crit­i­cized by Vladimir Putin, Rus­sia ended a run of poor form yes­ter­day by beat­ing Ro­ma­nia 1-0.

Magomed Oz­doev grabbed a last-minute win­ner in the friendly for the 2018 World Cup host.

Rus­sia had won just one of its last 10 matches, trig­ger­ing the Rus­sian pres­i­dent to re­mark that "we haven't seen beau­ti­ful play from the na­tional team for a long time."

Yes­ter­day Rus­sia-Ro­ma­nia ............................... 1-0 Hun­gary-Swe­den ............................. 0-2 Ukraine-Ser­bia ................................ 2-0 Czech Rep-Den­mark ........................ 1-1 Aus­tria-Slo­vakia .............................. 0-0 Italy-Ger­many ................................. 0-0 N.Ire­land-Croa­tia ............................. 0-3 Eng­land-Spain ................................. 2-2 France-Ivory Coast .......................... 0-0

Eng­land's Danny Rose, left, and Spain's Dani Car­va­jal

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