sport news – England, Portugal enjoy easy warm-up wins, Iceland held
BERNE (Reuters) – England and Portugal loved comfy house wins of their closing World Cup warm-up matches on Thursday, beating Costa Rica 2-Zero and Algeria 3-Zero respectively.
South Korea had been held to an unimpressive 0-Zero draw in opposition to Bolivia whereas Iceland, the shock packages of Euro 2016 who need to pull off extra upsets in Russia, drew 2-2 at house to Ghana after main 2-0.
A shocking strike from Marcus Rashford and a Danny Welbeck header gave a confident-looking England victory over the Central Individuals in a gathering of two World Cup qualifiers in Leeds.
England, whose supervisor Gareth Southgate made 10 adjustments from the facet which beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday, dominated possession in opposition to a largely unadventurous Costa Rica facet however they created few clear probabilities.
The match was the final for each groups earlier than their World Cup openers, England dealing with Tunisia on June 18 and Costa Rica assembly Serbia the day earlier than.
Ahead Goncalo Guedes staked his declare for a spot in Portugal’s beginning line-up with two targets within the win over Algeria, who missed out on Russia, at a soggy Stadium of Gentle in Lisbon.
Guedes fired the European champions forward from Bernardo Silva’s cushioned header and nodded within the third from Raphael Guerreiro’s cross.
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, making his solely look within the warm-up friendlies, arrange the second for Bruno Fernandes to go in. Portugal open their marketing campaign in opposition to Spain on June 15.
Famed for his or her physique and set-piece prowess, Iceland went forward within the sixth minute when defender Kari Arnasson headed house a nook through a defender and Alfred Finnbogason made it two earlier than the break.
Ghana, who did not qualify for the World Cup, hit again by way of Kasim Nuhu earlier than Thomas Partey fired house three minutes from time.
Shortly earlier than the match, the Ghanaian authorities introduced that it could dissolve its FA after officers, together with the physique’s president, had been proven in a documentary taking kickbacks, Info Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid mentioned.
The 2-hour documentary, “When Greed and Corruption Develop into the Norm”, was offered to the authorities final month earlier than being screened in public for the primary time on Wednesday.
FIFA mentioned it had allotted 2,403,116 World Cup tickets since gross sales began in September, 2017, with Latin Individuals among the many greatest non-Russian patrons.
Russian followers purchased almost 900,000 tickets, adopted by supporters from the USA, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, China, Australia and England.
Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne, enhancing by Ed Osmond