Ake strike gives Dutch draw

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jun 2018 12:14:18



NATHAN Ake headed in a late equaliser as the Netherlands held 10-man Italy 1-1 in an international friendly in Turin between two heavyweights who failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Chile beat Serbia
GRAZ (Austria), June 5 (IANS)

SERBIA lost to Chile in the first of their 2018 World Cup warm-up matches, conceding a late goal to Guillermo Maripan.The centre-back headed in from close range two minutes from time to earn a deserved win for Reinaldo Rueda’s side on Monday, the BBC reported.Former Manchester United and Wigan striker Angelo Henriquez missed an open goal from three yards out. At the other end Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic was denied a penalty after Erick Pulgar’s challenge.

The South American squad, which failed to qualify for the World Cup, dominated the first half on the efforts of Junior Fernandes and Angelo Sagal. It had rested stars Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal for the friendly, opting for a younger side.Morocco prepare for WC with win


MOROCCO came from behind to defeat Slovakia 2-1 in the North African side’s penultimate friendly before the 2018 World Cup.After being held 0-0 last Thursday by Ukraine, the Moroccans here Monday made a better showing against the Slovaks, who missed qualifying for the World Cup, Efe news reported. Morocco set a blistering tempo in the opening minutes, keeping the European side bottled-up in their own end and threatening twice in the first quarter-hour: Hakim Ziyech hit the post and Mbark Boussoufa forced a difficult save from Slovak goalkeeper Michal Sulla.