While most of the World Cup participants were in action on Wednesday, plenty of other nations contested international friendlies. SoccerWay gives you a recap of the night's action, many of the European sides using these matches in preparation for upcoming Euro 2008 qualifying games.
Senegal - Norway 2-1
It was a great win for the Africans as they look to return to their form of four years, and they got off on the right foot as Moussa N'Diaye put them in front 1-0 in Dakar.
Babacar Gueye doubled the advantage in the 35th minute after powering past Norwegian defenders to slot past Thomas Myhre, but the visitors got level in the 40th minute on Eric Hagen's header.
The Scandinavians got no closer, though, and Senegal recorded a nice win at home.
Israel - Denmark 0-2
With security tight in Tel Aviv, Israel looked far from their best as Denmark struck twice early to secure a victory.
Ajax-bound striker Kenneth Perez put the Danes in front just three minutes in with a beautiful free kick, and Morten Skoubo doubled the advantage 15 minutes later with a simple finish.
Malta - Georgia 0-2
Klaus Toppmöller got a win in his first match in charge of Georgia as they defeated Malta in Ta'Qali.
Otar Martsvaladze opened the scoring just eight minutes in after confusion in the Maltese defense opened the door, and a header by Jaba Kankava made it 2-0 in the 20th minute, but he was sent off just shy of the hour mark.
Northern Ireland - Estonia 1-0
Northern Ireland ended a run of eight years without a home win in a friendly as they defeated Estonia with goal right out of the gate by Ivan Sproule.
Sproule took a deflected flick by James Quinn and fired into the corner of Mart Poom's net in his first-ever start for Northern Ireland.
Their last friendly win at Windsor Park came on 22 April, 1998 in a 1-0 victory over Switzerland.
Austria - Canada 0-2
Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria looked far from competitive form on Wednesday as substitute Jim Brennan scored twice to lift Canada to a win in a match the visitors dominated.
Brennan gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead in Vienna on 65 minutes when he fired in a shot from the edge of the penalty area, and he doubled the lead just six minutes later from 20 yards.
Luxembourg - Belgium 0-2 (Susp. 64')
The debut of new Belgium coach René Vandereycken was suspended after just 64 minutes of their match with regional rivals Luxembourg.
Kevin Vandenbergh had given the Red Devils the lead just before the half-time interval, and Luigi Pieroni doubled the advantage just three minutes before heavy snow forced the encounter to be stopped.
FYR Macedonia - Bulgaria 0-1
It was not a good debut for new Macedonia coach Srecko Katanec, as a goal from distance by Atlético Madrid midfielder Martin Petrov in the 39th minute lifted the Bulgarians to victory in Skopje.
The Macedonians are winless in their own country since a Euro 2004 qualifying win over Armenia in August of 2004.
Venezuela - Colombia 1-1
In the matchup between regional rivals, it was Venezuela who took the lead on 48 minutes as Jesús Gómez turned in a cross from Juan Arango.
The Colombians, not to be outdone, equalized with 20 minutes to go when Elkin Soto hit a blistering shot into the net, much to the dismay of the Venezuelan fans in Maracaibo.
Albania - Lithuania 1-2
Lithuania needed to come from behind to beat Albania away in rainy Tirana on Wednesday, but things looked promising for the home side in the 33rd minute as Adrian Aliaj converted a penalty kick to take the lead.
However, Mantas Savenas wasted no time in pulling the Lithuanians level and Tomas Danilevicius fired home the winner just before the interval.
CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Slovenia - Romania 0-2
Romania won their group in the tournament with their second victory in two days, Ionut Mazilu opening the scoring in the 23rd minute with his first goal for Romania off of Razvan Rat's cross.
Slovenia's Andrej Pecnik gave up Romania's second in the 53rd minute when he found the back of his own net, which ensured Romania the win.
Kazakhstan - Greece 0-2
Greece also received honors as they won their group with a comfortable win over Kazakhstan.
Georgios Samaras put the Greeks in front in the 68th minute with a finish after a nice pass by Loukas Vintra, and Stelios Giannakopoulos added a second in extra time after the Kazakhs had Andrei Travin sent off in the 87th minute.
Finland - Belarus 2-2 (5-4 pens)
Finland needed a late goal to earn a draw with Belarus before defeating them on penalties.
Sergei Kornilenko gave Belarus a lead eight minutes into the second half and Oleg Shkabara's header made it 2-0 shortly after, but Aki Riihilahti's goal in the 82nd minute gave the Finns life.
Just before the end, Mikael Forssell struck to force the game to a penalty shootout where the Finnish would prevail.
Cyprus - Armenia 2-0
The tournament hosts finished off on the right note with a win over Armenia.
Ioannis Okkas fired the Cypriots into the lead with an 18th-minute lob, and they secured the win on the hour mark as Chrysostomos Michael fired home.
|Inter, Roma fined for racist abuse|
|Mourinho in quotes|
|Real Madrid part company with Mourinho|
|Rodwell called up by England|
|Messi keen on Barca stay|
|Atletico Madrid ready to sell Falcao|
|Abbiati extends Milan deal|
|Terry misses Chelsea tour|
|Schwarzer unaware of new contract offer from Fulham|
|O´Brien proud of West Ham finish|
|Doncaster appoint Dickov as manager|
|Hearts avoid SPL points deduction|
|Galliani to hold talks with Allegri|
|Hill blasts Hughes´ QPR signings|
|Lampard: I have not performed at World Cups|
|Kacaniklic targets first-team place|
|Jardim replaces Ferreira at Sporting Lisbon|
|Indonesia fined for crowd trouble|
|Mignolet not worried about speculation|
|Neville uncertain on future|
|Hummels could make Champions League final|
|Napoli stars hail departing Mazzarri|
|Juninho: Donovan gets advantage with referees|
|Harper hails ´incredible´ reception|
|Giovinco not leaving Juve|
|Lambert ´proud´ of top-flight return|
|Torres targets improvement|
|Fernandinho wants to join Manchester City|
|Galliani relieved with Champions League spot|
|Stramaccioni bemoans injury-hit season|
|Lewandowski focused on Wembley|
|Reading owner confirms Pogrebnyak clause|
|Owen thanks Stoke for ´great experience´|
|Rizzoli to take charge of UEFA Champions League final|
|Raheem Sterling case dismissed|
|Schuerrle expects Leverkusen exit|
|Howson delighted with Norwich progress|
|Milan players targeted in Florence|
|Lukaku: Fans inspired my performances|
|Williams dismisses Arsenal links|
|Scolari: Neymar will be a Barcelona idol|
|David Luiz praises ´amazing´ Benitez|
|Walcott wants title tilt next term|
|Carragher´s final Liverpool appearance full of emotion|
|Carrick: United must move on from Ferguson|
|Villas-Boas confident Bale with stay at Tottenham|
|AFC Champions League Preview: Guangzhou eye last eight|
|Ecuador Primera A Wrap: Nahuelpan class buoys Barcelona|
|Liga MX Wrap: America, Cruz Azul reach final|
|MLS Wrap: Johnson does Dallas, Salt Lake sink Chivas|
|Peru Primera Division Wrap: Sporting Cristal shine on top|
|Paraguay Division Profesional Wrap: Melgarejo on a winner|
|Chile Primera Division Wrap: Top two win again|
|Colombia Primera A Wrap: Tolima strike late to go top|
|Costa Rica Primera Division: Cartagines v Herediano|
|Cahill in top form in New York|
|Henry: Galaxy were better than New York|
|Fulham plan Schwarzer solution talks|
|Vilanova staying, says Roura|
|Merrick joins Phoenix as coach|
|Juric signs with A-League´s Wanderers|
|Mazzarri leaves second-placed Napoli|
|Campeonato Paulista: Santos 1 Corinthians 1 (3-2 agg)|
|La Liga Wrap: Barcelona, Deportivo notch victories|
|Allegri refuses to be drawn on talk of future|
|Ibrahimovic, Ancelotti land Ligue 1 honours|
|Primeira Liga Wrap: Porto confirm title, Moreirense relegated|
|Redknapp laments squad quality|
|Pochettino not setting goals yet|
|Clarke believes West Brom could have snatched victory against United|
|Laudrup rues prolifcacy in Fulham defeat|
|Serie A: Siena 1 Milan 2|
|Hernandez: Ferguson has changed world football|
|Benitez happy with Chelsea spell|
|Moyes bemoans wasted chances|
|Di Canio´s anger at Sunderland´s ill-discipline|
|La Liga: Barcelona 2 Real Valladolid 1|
|Serie A: Inter 2 Udinese 5|
|Porto clinch Portuguese crown|
|Jol pleased to end ´horrendous´ run|
|Pardew: We owe debt to fans|
|Rodgers: Replacing Carragher difficult|
|Turkish Super Lig Wrap: Galatasaray win, Besiktas beaten|
|Wenger praises Arsenal belief|
|Pulis: Club will deal with pig´s head incident|
|Players not to blame after ´emotional´ week, says Kidd|
|Martinez refuses to be drawn on future|
|Hughton pleased with ´outstanding´ Norwich|
|Eredivisie Wrap: Twente, Utrecht advance|
|Lambert praises Aston Villa fans|
|Russian Premier League Wrap: CSKA Moscow win title, Zenit stay second|
|Ancelotti asks to leave PSG|
|Premier League: West Ham 4 Reading 2|
|Premier League: Swansea 0 Fulham 3|
|Premier League: Chelsea 2 Everton 1|
|Premier League: Tottenham 1 Sunderland 0|
|Premier League: West Brom 5 Manchester United 5|
|Premier League: Manchester City 2 Norwich 3|
|Premier League: Wigan 2 Aston Villa 2|
|Premier League: Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1|
|Premier League: Southampton 1 Stoke 1|
|Premier League: Liverpool 1 QPR 0|
|Nasri denies PSG rumours|
|English League One: Brentford 1 Yeovil 2|
|Diego confirms Atletico interest|
|Leonardo: PSG honoured to have Beckham|
|Conte plays down Tevez talks|
|Jones apologises to Whelan over incident|
|Benitez hails Torres return to form|
|Ashley ´offers incentive´ for Magpies win|
|CSL Wrap: Guangzhou Evergrande, Shandong Luneng win again|
|K-League Wrap: Ulsan upset Pohang|
|Badstuber suffers injury blow|
|Ranieri eyes Falcao swoop|
|Carragher open to coaching role|
|Stramaccioni resigned to Inter fate|
|Clichy extends City stay|
|Vilanova not involved in Neymar talks|
|Neymar future up in the air|
|Hodgson wants players released|
|Conte has big plans for Juve|
|UAE Pro-League Wrap: Al Jazira go third, Al Ain lose|
|Emotional Beckham thanks PSG|
|Home-town club farewells Heynckes in style|
|La Liga Wrap: Valencia, Sociedad notch vital wins|