Thursday 04 September 2014
New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria produced an impressive display to help Argentina record a 4-2 victory over World Cup winners Germany in Dusseldorf on Wednesday night.
Di Maria had a hand in all four goals, setting up strikes for Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela and Swansea City's Federico Fernandez before grabbing a fourth on 50 minutes with a deft chip following a swift counter-attack.
Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle grabbed a goal back with a prod home from close range, Mario Gomez adding another, but Germany, who brought on Arsenal's Lukas Podolski with 33 minutes played, could not reduce the deficit any further.
Manchester City's defensive duo Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta also started for Argentina, as they gained a measure of revenge after their defeat at the hands of Germany in this summer's FIFA World Cup final.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney became England's fourth-highest goalscorer as he scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Norway at Wembley Stadium.
The England skipper converted from the penalty spot on 68 minutes, after the impressive Raheem Sterling was fouled in the area. Everton's John Stones made his full England debut while there were substitute appearances for new Arsenal signings Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck.
Crystal Palace's new signing Kevin Doyle scored the opening goal as the Republic of Ireland defeated Oman 2-0 in their friendly match in Dublin.
Doyle headed his side ahead from Hull City midfielder Robbie Brady's corner on 20 minutes, Alex Pearce adding a second, while Everton's Aiden McGeady had a shot cleared off the line.
Fellow Toffee Darron Gibson returned to action after 10 months out with a knee injury, playing 70 minutes before being replaced by Stoke City's Glenn Whelan.