16 Aug 2012

Good win for England football team

9:35 am on 16 August 2012

Jermain Defoe hit a late winner to give England a 2-1 victory over Italy in a international football friendly in Berne.

The result gave England a modicum of revenge for their Euro 2012 quarter-final penalty shootout loss to the Azzurri.

It was England's first victory over Italy since 1997.

The Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal started his second spell in charge with a 4-2 defeat by neighbours Belgium.

World player of the year Lionel Messi missed a first-half penalty but made amends with a superb second-half goal as Argentina outclassed Germany 3-1 in Frankfurt.

France drew nil-all with Uruguay in their first international under new coach Didier Deschamps.

Brazil beat Sweden 3-nil in Stockholm and Scotland came from behind to beat Australia 3-1 in Edinburgh.

Ireland and Serbia drew nil-all