Germany down Brazil for first time in 18 years
A late goal rush helped Germany beat Brazil for the first time in 18 years while world champions Spain suffered a rare defeat on a bumper night of international friendlies on Wednesday.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Goetze and Andre Schuerrle all struck in the last half hour for Germany in a 3-2 home win over the 2014 World Cup hosts who replied through Robinho and Neymar.
Image: Germany's Andre Schuerle celebrates his goal against Brazil
Aquilani seals deal as Italy crush Spain
In a clash of the last two World Cup winners in Bari, Spain were beaten 2-1 by Italy with Alberto Aquilani scoring the winner late on with a deflected shot.
Spain's Chelsea striker Fernando Torres had to go off in the first half with concussion and was taken to hospital for a check-up while Gerard Pique was another casualty when the Barcelona defender limped off just before halftime.
Many of the nations scrapping for qualification places for next year's European championships in Poland and Ukraine were in action as they prepared for forthcoming group matches, although England's friendly against Netherlands had been called off on Tuesday because of the civil unrest that has hit London.
Image: Italy's Alberto Aquilani (right) celebrates with teammate Daniele De Rossi after scoring the second goal against Spain
France held by Chile
France, steadily rebuilding after their atrocious World Cup campaign last year, were held to a 1-1 draw by Chile in Montpellier. Loic Remy was on target for France with Nicolas Cordova equalising for the South Americans.
Poland, who do not have to worry about qualifying for next year's tournament, earned a narrow 1-0 victory over Georgia in Lubin while co-hosts Ukraine went down 1-0 at home to Sweden.
Croatia, who are involved in a three-way battle in Group F with Greece and Israel to qualify for Euro 2012 after missing out on the World Cup, drew 0-0 away to Ireland.
Image: France's Loic Remy (left) celebrates after scoring against Chile
Brazil were dominant in first half
Ireland top Group B in qualifying level on points with Russia who enjoyed a 1-0 victory over Serbia in a scrappy match in Moscow. Substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak sealed victory in the 53rd minute.
Three-times World Cup winners Germany had not met five-times world champions Brazil since the Confederations Cup in 2005 and had not beaten them since 1993.
Brazil, smarting from a disappointing Copa America campaign, were the better side for the first hour in Suttgart but fell behind to a hotly-disputed penalty which Schweinsteiger converted.
Image: Germany's Thomas Mueller (left) and Brazil's Andre Santos get into a tangle as they vie for possession
Drogba inches close to 50 international goals mark
Teenager Goetze made it 2-0 six minutes later before Robinho halved the deficit with another penalty. Schuerrle made it 3-1 before Neymar struck in stoppage time.
In other matches Australia beat Wales 2-1 and Japan crushed South Korea 3-0 while in Geneva Ivory Coast beat Israel 4-3 with Didier Drogba scoring his side's fourth from the penalty spot to move to within two of a landmark 50 international goals.
Image: Ivory Coast's players celebrate after scoring against Israel