International friendly wrap: Spain comes back to stun England

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Italy and Germany didn’t deliver in one of the day’s high-profile matches, but we did get a couple goals from the another.

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That includes a terrific goal to ruin Tom Heaton‘s clean sheet from an ex-Liverpool man, and an even later one to ruin Gareth Southgate‘s Wembley experience. More on that below.

England 2-2 Spain

Pepe Reina took Jamie Vardy down within the first 10 minutes of play, and Adam Lallana converted the spot kick to give England an early lead at Wembley Stadium.

Lallana had waited 27 caps to get his first international goal, and now has scored in each of his last three.

Vardy then scored to make it 2-0 against a slightly-weakened Spanish side, but Iago Aspas scored an wonderful strike to ruin the shutout and Isco nutmegged Heaton in the final throes of the match to end things level.

Russia 1-0 Romania

Rubin Kazan midfielder Magomed Ozdoyev scored his first international goal at a pretty clutch time, nabbing a goal in the third minute of stoppage time to top Romania.

Russia had come under fire from president Vladimir Putin for its performances ahead of their hosting duties at the 2018 World Cup, having won just twice in 2016 (Lithuania, Ghana) in a year with three draws and six losses (the most recent against Qatar).

Elsewhere
Italy 0-0 Germany
Hungary 0-2 Sweden
Ukraine 2-0 Serbia
Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark
France 0-0 Ivory Coast
Austria 0-0 Slovakia
Northern Ireland 0-3 Croatia