Germany, Portugal get big wins in World Cup warmups

London, May 28: Germany and Portugal cruised to big
wins in world cup warmups, while the Netherlands and
France both won 1-0.

Germany beat lowly Luxembourg 7-0, and Portugal beat Cape
Verde islands 4-1. The Netherlands beat visiting Cameroon in
steady rain, while France beat fellow world cup qualifier
Mexico.

In other games involving world cup-bound teams, Ivory
Coast drew with 1-1 Switzerland, and Trinidad and Tobago lost
2-1 to Wales.

Paraguay drew 1-1 at Denmark, and Serbia-Montenegro was
held to the same score by Uruguay.

In yesterday’s warmups for the June 9-July 9 tournament in
Germany, it was: Spain vs. Russia, and Colombia vs Romania.

Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski each scored twice to
lead world cup host Germany to victory in Freiburg, Germany.
Torsten Frings scored a first-half penalty before substitute
Oliver Neuville notched another two in injury time.

Germany captain Michael Ballack, who injured his left
ankle in practice two days ago, stayed at the team's training
base in Geneva, Switzerland. He was replaced by Tim Borowksi,
one of 17 players used by coach Juergen Klinsmann.

"It was important to see how we would play after hard
training, when the players' legs are tired. We tried to have
some fun and score some goals," Klinsmann said.

Pedro Pauleta scored a hat trick for the home team in
Evora, Portugal. He opened the scoring in the first minute,
sprinting through the defence to meet a long pass from
Maniche and sidefoot the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

After an own goal had made it 1-1, the Paris
saint-German striker scored with a 37th-minute glancing
header from Luis Figo's corner. Midfielder Armando Petit got
on the scoresheet in the 59th and, with seven minutes left,
Pauleta completed the scoring with a curling free kick from
just outside the area.

Pauleta, Portugal's all-time top scorer and highest
scorer in the French league last season, took his
international tally to 46 goals. It was his second hat trick
for Portugal.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy scored to give the Netherlands
victory in Rotterdam. The Dutch dominated the game on a
slippery pitch, helped by Arsenal forward Robin Van Persie.

The home team went ahead in the 23rd minute after
defender Joris Mathijsen spotted Andre Ooijer free in the
center.

A 40-meter (yard) pass gave the PSV player time to flick
the ball in the path of Manchester United striker Van
Nistelrooy, who beat goalkeeper Idriss Kameni from close
range.

"He got his chance, he played well and he took his
chance," captain and goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar said.

Florent Malouda scored for France as Zinedine Zidane
played his 100th game for France and last at the Stade de
France national stadium. He was given an ovation as he left
the field, but his performance was unusually slack.

Mexico had plenty of possession but failed to threaten
until captain Rafael Marquez's 36th-minute header went just
over. With seconds remaining until halftime, Djibril Cisse
crossed from the right and Malouda finished powerfully.

Zidane led the French team out to rapturous applause
and chants of "Zizou, Zizou," but boos rang out from the
crowd when coach Raymond Domenech's name was announced over
the loudspeaker.

In Basel, Switzerland, midfielder Emerse Fae scored two
minutes after coming on as a substitute to give Ivory Coast a
1-1 draw. Fae's strike from outside the area equalized a
first-half goal by Switzerland's Tranquillo Barnetta.

The second half was marked by a string of substitutions,
with neither side able to create clear chances.

Trinidad and Tobago, which will be making its World Cup
debut in Germany, fell to a 2-1 defeat to Wales, which got two
goals by Robert Earnshaw.

Trinidad's record scorer Stern John gave his side the
lead in the 32nd minute, poking in a free kick from
Christopher Birchall past Wales goalkeeper Jason Brown. It
was John's 65th international goal.

Earnshaw Leveled for Wales in the 38th and scored the
winner in the 87th.

Paraguay, which unlike Denmark has qualified for the
June 9-July 9 World Cup, took the led after 20 minutes on a
goal by Jose Cardozo. Denmark leveled the score six minutes
after halftime when Jon Dahl Tomasson scored from a narrow
angle from a pass by substitute Daniel Jensen.

Serbia-Montenegro drew 1-1 against visiting in its last
warmup before the start of the world cup. Dejan Stankovic put
the home side ahead in the 17th minute with a deflected shot
from the left side of the area, but Uruguay scored in the 82nd
when forward Diego Godin got to a free kick from Nicolas
Olivera.

Bureau Report

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