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International friendly wrap: US struggles continue, Brazil edge Mexico

12 October 2011 17:41

The USA continued their mixed start under new boss Jurgen Klinsmann with an error-riddled 1-0 friendly loss to Ecuador in New Jersey.

The Americans fell went behind when Tim Ream failed to react to Walter Ayovi's cross as Jaime Ayovi nipped in at the back post to head home the only goal of the game on 81 minutes.

Jozy Altidore and Brek Shea had shots saved for the home side within the first 20 minutes as the US managed 18 attempts on goal.

The loss brings Klinsmann's tally as new manager to one win, two draws and two losses.

Goals from Oleg Gusev and Oleksandr Aliev gave Ukraine a 2-0 win over Estonia on Tuesday at the A Le Coq Arena.

The loss, though, meant little to Estonia, who secured a Euro 2012 qualification playoff berth after Serbia and Slovenia played out a 1-1 draw.

The hosts, clearly with their eye on matters elsewhere, started in lethargic fashion, struggling to break down a near full-strength Ukrainian side.

The visitors opened the scoring right on half-time after Anatoliy Tymoshchuk found Gusev, who, from 10 yards out, calmly slotted the ball past the on-rushing Sergei Pareiko.

The second half started in the same fashion with Ukraine controlling the play, and their dominance paid off when Aliev made it 2-0 after Bohdan Butko's overlapping run and cross.

Poland continued their five-game unbeaten run with a 2-0 friendly win over Belarus in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Borussia Dortmund's Jakub Blaszczykowski scored his fourth goal in five internationals with the opener on 31 minutes before club team-mate Robert Lewandowski added the gloss with his third goal in as many matches.

Ghana played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Nigeria at Watford's Vicarage Road in England.

Ten-man Brazil ground out a 2-1 win at Mexico's Estadio Corona, with late goals to Ronaldinho and Marcelo snaring victory for Mano Menezes' men.

Chelsea defender David Luiz allowed an own goal in the 10th minute, which granted Mexico the lead, before Barcelona right-back Dani Alves was sent off on the stroke of half-time for a foul in the area on Jorge Torres Nilo.

Brazilian goalkeeper Jefferson saved Andres Guardado's spot-kick, diving low to his right to keep the deficit to the solitary goal.

Flamengo attacker Ronaldinho equalised in the 79th minute with a free-kick, giving Mexico shot-stopper Oswaldo Sanchez little chance of a save.

Marcelo then fired them ahead four minutes later, completing a move into the area with a powerful shot into the top of the net from the left side, to give Brazil an unlikely victory.

Finally, Honduras recorded a 2-1 win at home to Jamaica, inflicting the latter with their fifth straight defeat.

The Hondurans took a first-minute lead at the Estadio Municipal Ceibeno Nilmo Edwards when Jerry Bengston fired home, only for Demar Phillips to equalise for Jamaica in first-half injury time to leave it 1-1 at the break.

Bengston's goal was Honduras' first since their 2-0 win over Venezuela in August.

Mario Martinez then struck the winner for Honduras on 54 minutes, to give the nation their first win since their triumph over the Venezuelans.

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