Nine international friendlies kicked off Wednesday with Argentina grabbing headlines for their 4-2 victory over Germany in Dusseldorf.
The 2014 World Cup final rematch was played with only four members of Germany’s starting side from this summer’s classic being selected by coach Jogi Lowe.
The result of that decision was quite dramatic as Angel Di Maria dominated, setting up the first three goals for Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and Federico Fernandez before finishing his own to cap things off.
With the 4-0 lead in hand for Argentina, Germany battled back with goals from Andre Schurrle and a Fernandez own-goal from a Mario Gotze shot. There would be no comeback, however, with Argentina the heavy-handed winners at the final whistle.
Below are updates from the other eight matches.
Czech Republic 0-1 United States
The United States Men’s National Team went into Prague and earned a 1-0 victory through a 39th minute goal by Alejandro Bedoya. Yanks head coach Jurgen Klinnsman used six substitutes in the match and found time for a number of fresh faces including Joe Gyau, Julian Green, Tim Ream, Alfredo Morales and Greg Garza.
England 1-0 Norway
In front of a record low crowd at Wembley, Wayne Rooney drilled home a 69th minute penalty to rescue a 1-0 victory for England in his first match as captain of The Three Lions. In a dull sometimes lifeless match head coach Roy Hodgson handed caps to Calum Chambers and Fabian Delph.
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Oman
The Republic of Ireland enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 friendly win over Oman in Dublin. Kevin Doyle opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he headed in Robbie Brady’s corner and Alex Pearce doubled the margin in the 81st minute firing low into the net after Aiden McGeady’s shot was cleared off the line.
Denmark 1-2 Turkey
Daniel Agger’s 35th minute penalty handed Denmark a first half lead but second half goals from Olcay Sahan and Ozan Tufan gave the Turks the away victory.
Lithuania 1-1 United Arab Emirates
After Deivydas Matulevicius put Lithuania ahead with a sharp header in the 42nd minute, Abdulaziz Sanqour scored just moments before the final whistle to give UAE a 1-1 draw.
Latvia 2-0 Armenia
A double from Valerijs Sabala handed Latvia a 2-0 victory over Armenia.
Morocco 0-0 Qatar
Injury-hit Morocco could only manage a 0-0 friendly draw with Qatar in Casablanca on Wednesday as defender Mehdi Benatia, goalkeeper Karim Fegrouch, midfielder Zakaria Labyad and forward Marouane Chamakh all withdrew during the week.