Last night was a night of international heavyweight matches. England played against 2010 World Cup holders Spain, and 2006 WC winners Italy took on 2014 champions Germany. France too was in action, as they played against Ivory Coast. Here’s how it went down.
England played out a 2-2 draw with Spain. I expected this match to be a one-sided affair. Well, it was, in a way. Spain dominated in possession – that was expected. They tend to do that, Spain. However, England did the one thing we have come to expect them NOT to; they scored first. Adam Lallana sent his former teammate Pepe Reina to the cleaners with a brilliant penalty. Then Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought in style with an interesting diving header. Spain looked set for their first defeat since the Euros, but Iago Aspas and Isco scored in the dying minutes of the match to keep things interesting.
Italy played Germany into the ground last night, but could not score. This is a disappointing result. Both sides could have easily won the game. They certainly have the quality. But the match ended in a stalemate, and Italy failed to exact revenge on Germany for knocking them out of the Euros. That’s too bad, if you ask me. There will not be another international break till next year. Therefore, since there are no international competitions then (except the AFCON, which Italy and Germany will sadly miss out on), the Italians will have to wait for their revenge.
This was not the only goalless draw last night. France played host to Ivory Coast. The Ivorians used to be a fearsome team in African football, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and co in charge of things. However, since Drogba and Toure retired, they have not been the same team. Last night was a good time to show how well they have adapted to the loss of these two juggernauts. They did that so well that they made France look toothless. France were indeed sort of toothless, as Antoine Griezmann was absent. However, you would expect better from a team with Dmitri Payet and Olivier Giroud in their ranks. Well, the Elephants were too strong for them.