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Football PHOTOS: US hold Chile; Brazil win over Czechs

Last updated on: March 27, 2019 11:21 IST

US

IMAGE: United States of America midfielder Christian Pulisic celebrates his goal against Chile. Photograph: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Christian Pulisic scored his 10th goal for the United States before being substituted after picking up a knock in a 1-1 draw with Chile in a friendly in Houston on Tuesday.

Pulisic's goal after three minutes was cancelled out five minutes later by Oscar Opazo's fierce strike, which appeared to take a deflection on its way into the net.

The United States are unbeaten after four matches under new head coach Gregg Berhalter, though they were under the cosh at times in the second half against the Copa America champions.

 

Pulisic, who will see out the season at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Chelsea, showed his class with the opening goal.

Put through by a deft Gyasi Zardes pass that sliced the Chile defence open, Pulisic calmly dinked the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Gabriel Arias.

The effort made Pulisic, at 20 years and 189 days, the youngest to score 10 goals for the national team, besting the previous mark held by Jozy Altidore (20 years, 337 days), U.S. Soccer figures showed.

Pulisic sustained a right quad injury late in the first half and was substituted.

Jesus double leads Brazil to 3-1 win over Czechs

Brazil

IMAGE: Brazil's Gabriel Jesus in action with Panama's Cesar Blackman. Photograph: Pedro Nunes/Reuters

Brazil's Gabriel Jesus struck two late goals to secure a 3-1 come-from-behind win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday in their final warm-up ahead of the Copa America tournament in June.

The five-time world champions were aiming to put Saturday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Panama in Porto behind them but it was the Czechs who initially showed some attacking flair as they created a number of dangerous first-half chances.

The hosts – who made four changes from the side that were thrashed 5-0 by England in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday – took the lead in the 37th minute when a deflected pass fell to David Pavelka who shot first-time past keeper Alisson.

Brazil -- playing without long-term injury victim Neymar – levelled just after the break when Czech halftime substitute Theodor Gebre Selassie misplaced a pass straight to Robert Firmino who held off a defender and slid the ball into the net.

The visitors continued to turn up the pace and grabbed the lead in the 83rd minute when Brazil substitute David Neres crossed to Jesus, who wrapped up the win in the 90th.

Brazil's match against the Czechs is their last scheduled friendly before they open their Copa America campaign against Bolivia in the group stage in June.

Late goal gives Argentina morale-boosting win in Morocco

Argentina’s Angel Correa scored seven minutes from time to snatch a 1-0 win away to Morocco in a friendly on Tuesday and a much needed boost after their weekend defeat by Venezuela.

Correa came off the bench to score after being set up by Matias Suarez to add some gloss to an unconvincing week for the Argentines, who had talisman Lionel Messi back in the team on Friday in Madrid but lost 3-1 to Venezuela.

Paulo Dybala led the attack on Tuesday in place of the absent Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria but there were few clear chances in a clash that was tempestuous in the first half with the referee having to hand out four cautions.

A swirling wind made it difficult to play in the second half but Correa needed no second invitation when handed the late opportunity, running across the face of goal before hooking the ball back across goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and into the net.

It was Argentina’s last game before they start the Copa Anerica in Brazil against Colombia in Salvador in June when Morocco will be at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

In other friendlies, Jonathan Kodja’s last-gasp penalty gave Ivory Coast a 1-0 win over Liberia in Abidjan, while Nigeria beat Egypt 1-0 with Danish-based striker Paul Onuachu scoring after nine seconds in Asaba after a defensive blunder.

Egypt were again without Mo Salah, who missed the weekend trip to Niger after being given permission to stay in Liverpool.

But his club mate Sadio Mane conjured up a superb individual goal for Senegal, slaloming through the Mali defence to score an 87th minute winner as they triumphed 2-1 in Dakar.

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Algeria’s Baghdad Bounedjah converted a 69th minute penalty to ensure a 1-0 victory over neighbours Tunisia in Blida.

The friendly internationals followed the weekend’s last round of Nations Cup qualifiers.

Three first-half goals help Mexico to 4-2 win over Paraguay

IMAGE: Midfielder Erick Gutierrez (25) scores for Mexico in their friendly against Paraguay. Photograph: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Mexico scored three goals in a blistering first half but took their foot off the pedal in the second period and had to hold off a Paraguay comeback to win their friendly match 4-2 in California on Tuesday.

Jonathan Dos Santos took advantage of hesitancy in the Paraguayan defence after six minutes to smash home the opener from close range at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

An own goal from Gustavo Gomez doubled Mexico’s advantage three minutes later and Javier Hernandez finished off a lovely move to make it 3-0 and set up what looked like a comfortable second consecutive win for new coach Gerardo Martino.

However, goals from Hernan Perez and Derlis Gonzalez either side of Miguel Almiron’s red card for Paraguay gave the South Americans the chance to snatch an unlikely draw before Luis Montes restored Mexico's two-goal cushion in stoppage time.

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