Colombia, skippered by their youngest ever captain James Rodriguez, came from behind to beat the United States 2-1 in an international friendly Friday in London as France salvaged a 1-1 draw against Albania in Rennes.
Italy manager Cesare Prandelli admits he faces a huge task to lift his shattered players in time for the World Cup after Riccardo Montolivo was ruled out of the tournament with a devastating broken leg.
Chelsea beat Fulham 3-1 to open a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday while Newcastle United`s 4-1 win was marred by manager Alan Pardew`s dismissal for head-butting Hull City`s David Meyler.
Liverpool kept their top-four ambitions alive with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Fulham on Wednesday, but match-winner Steven Gerrard acknowledged they cannot afford to keep giving away goals if they want to play in Europe next season.
As Premier League club Fulham gets a new owner, questions over the statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage begin to surface once again, with the Pakistan-born owner asking for time to decide on its future.