2018 FIFA WC: Summary of key football friendlies
Teams are gearing up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, starting in Russia from June 14 onwards. And Sunday's World Cup friendly matches gave the fans plenty to cheer about. Most teams will be going back to the drawing boards and analyzing the current performances in order to stake a claim on the coveted title. Here is a round-up of international friendlies.
Heavyweights Spain held by Switzerland
2018 World Cup's favorites Spain were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland. Alvaro Odriozola scored a stunning 20-yard volley for Spain. However, Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland equalized from a simple tap-in after a rare mistake by goal-keeper David de Gea. Despite fielding an experimental line-up, Spain dominated the game. The Spanish side had no players from Real Madrid.
Neymar thrives in the comeback match against Croatia
Brazil fans will be delighted the way Neymar made a return to football after suffering a broken foot in February. The PSG forward combined well with Coutinho and Willian to score a beautiful goal. Roberto Firmino was a delight at Anfield, once again, as he netted the second goal of the match. Brazil won 2-0. Brazil face Austria in a friendly next Sunday.
Mexico down Scotland, Ukraine win
Giovani dos Santos scored an early goal for Mexico, which in the end was enough as they saw off Scotland 1-0. Mexican duo Miguel Layun and Hirving Lozano both hit the woodwork as the South American side dominated proceedings. Mexico had earlier drawn 0-0 against Wales. Ukraine thrashed minnows Albania 4-1. A brace by duo Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka sealed the tie.