International friendlies

Suarez strike sinks France

June 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

Luis Suarez scored a second-half winner against France on Wednesday evening, handing Uruguay a 1-0 victory in their international friendly.

Luis Suarez netted the winner against France
GettyImagesLuis Suarez netted the winner against France

Suarez came into the game at half-time as a substitute for Diego Forlan, and netted the decisive goal just five minutes after coming on. The Liverpool front-man slipped past defender Eliaquim Mangala before slotting his strike beyond the reach of Steve Mandanda.

Gaston Ramirez came close to doubling the lead nine minutes from full-time, but Mandanda denied the Uruguay man.

Uruguay shot-stopper Fernando Muslera scuppered attempts from Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud in the first half, in what proved to be France's only real opportunities in the match.

A late goal from Christian Eriksen saw Denmark come from behind to snatch a 2-1 win over Georgia in a friendly at Aalborg Stadion.

After a goalless first half, the visitors seized the initiative seven minutes after the interval when a swift counter-attack ended with Irakli Dzaria poking home.

However, Nicklas Pedersen restored parity after 77 minutes, making the most of an error from Georgia goalkeeper George Loria to fire into an empty net.

And Eriksen turned the result on its head in superb fashion a minute from time with a 20-yard free-kick which he lashed into the top corner.

The win is ideal preparation for Denmark ahead of their World Cup Group B qualifier at home to Armenia on Tuesday.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.