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Italy Stutter Against Luxembourg

It was a busy Wednesday with eight international friendlies taking place across the globe as countries prepare for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil later this month.

The biggest surprise on the night was probably Italy’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Luxembourg at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi in Verona.

Italy took an early lead through Claudio Marchisio in the ninth minute, but failed to capitalise on their dominance thereafter which allowed Maxime Chanot to equalise for Luxembourg five minutes from time.

It was a day of stalemates with four games, including Italy’s one, ending without a winner.

Greece and Nigeria played to a goalless draw at PPL Park in Pennsylvania, while Ecuador versus England and Jamaica versus Egypt ended 2-2.

Egypt took a fifth minute lead through Mohamed El Nenny, but found themselves trailing 2-1 at half time after goals from Jamaica’s Simon Dawkins and Joel Grant.

Bassin Morsi equalised in the 72nd minute to earn Egypt the draw.

England went behind early on in their game against Ecuador thanks to an eighth minute goal from Enner Valencia, but goals from Wayne Rooney and Rickie Lambert handed them the lead before Michael Arroyo scored the last goal of the match.

A single goal from Izet Hajrovic handed Bosnia and Herzegovina a 1-0 win over Mexico at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Hungary also won by a single goal courtesy of a Tamas Priskin strike as they beat Albania at the Puskás Ferenc Stadion in Budapest.

Algeria did Africa proud when goals from Nabil Bentaleb and El Arbi Soudani handed them a 2-1 win over Romania at the Stade de Genève in Carouge.

The final game of the night saw Netherlands cruise to a comfortable 2-0 win over Wales at the Amsterdam Arena.

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