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Draws for European big guns in friendlies

Press AssociationPress Association 15/11/2016

European heavyweights Italy and Germany had to settle for a goalless draw at the San Siro in Milan on a busy day of friendlies.

The Azzurri, who romped to a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday, handed a start to veteran Inter forward Eder in a three-man attack while Germany gave a debut to Wolfsburg youngster Yannick Gerhardt.

Neither side, whose Euro 2016 quarter-final in Bordeaux was eventually settled after a lengthy penalty shoot-out, could make a breakthrough.

"It was a demanding game, tactically speaking," said Germany coach Joachim Loew.

"We managed to draw a lot of conclusions regarding the young players. We did it well for long stretches of the game.

"We have now played six games in a row without conceding a goal so that is also a very positive thing."

There were also no goals between France and Ivory Coast at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.

Les Bleus included the likes of Manchester United's Paul Pogba, Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and Dimitri Payet of West Ham in their line-up along with Borussia Dortmund prospect Ousmane Dembele.

At Wembley, Spain recovered from two goals down late on to secure a 2-2 draw against England.

England, in Gareth Southgate's final match as interim manager, took the lead through a penalty by Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana after nine minutes.

A bullet header from Leicester frontman Jamie Vardy just three minutes following the restart put the Three Lions in control.

However, Spain pulled a goal back through Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas with a minute to go, and then snatched a draw when Real Madrid playmaker Isco slotted in an angled drive deep into stoppage time.

World Cup hosts Russia beat Romania 1-0 with a stoppage-time goal from Magomed Ozdoev in the first international game to be played in Chechnya.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Croatia defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 at Windsor Park in Belfast.

Iceland won 2-0 away in Malta with goals from Arnor Traustason and Sverrir Ingi Ingason.

Sweden ran out 2-0 winners over Hungary at Ferenc Puskas Stadion, where Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson opened the scoring after 30 minutes and Isaac Kiese Thelin added another in the 67th minute.

A goal from Evgen Shakhov late in the first half was enough to secure Ukraine a 1-0 win over Serbia in Kiev.

The Czech Republic and Denmark drew 1-1 in Mlada Boleslav.

It finished goalless between Austria and Slovakia at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna.

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