Germany Take On Spain, While Argentina Face Italy
Portugal will host Egypt in an international friendly today. The Egyptians will have their African Footballer of the Year, Mohamed Salah in action, while the Portuguese have Cristiano Ronaldo. All eyes will be on these two giants in world football as their countries go head-to-head.
Argentina will take on Italy on Friday evening, March 23. The Italians will be looking at securing a win for their country after failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. While Argentina will be using this match in preparation for their participation at the world event.
Germany will face off against Spain. This promises to be an exciting fixture and definitely one the high-profile matches to feast your eyes on this weekend. Both sides will be on the ball and hope to take advantage of this friendly match as they prepare for the World Cup.
The hosts of this year’s FIFA World Cup event, Russia will take on Brazil. The Brazilians are looking sharp ahead of the upcoming event and are tipped as one of the favourites to lift the title. However, the hosts will be hoping to get into gear with this match.
Portugal v Egypt (International Friendly)
FIFA Rankings: Portugal 3rd & Egypt 44th
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Useful facts: Portugal are up against Egypt in this game taking place in Zurich, Switzerland and the two sides are expected to take it easy and try to have some fun on the pitch. With Cristiano Ronaldo playing and the Portuguese star scoring freely in league games, one can always expect goals from him. However, Egyptian player, Mohammed Salah, has made quite an impact in his first season at Liverpool and will hope his form rubs off when the Pharaohs takes on the Euro 2016 winners.
Justin Shonga: Portugal
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Argentina v Italy (International Friendly)
FIFA Rankings: Argentina 4th & Italy 14th
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Useful facts: Italy failed to qualify for World Cup in Russia. Nevertheless, this is going to be one fantastic clash, with two rock-solid defences and teams that play almost the same style of play. Argentina have had better form since Jorge Sampaoli sat on the bench of the South American nation. All of his previous successes were based on a tough defence and an extremely tactical approach to every game.
Justin Shonga: Italy
Germany v Spain (International Friendly)
FIFA Rankings: Germany 1st & Spain 6th
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Useful facts: This fixture presents what appears to be a friendly international clash, but in reality, it will be a fierce battle between two great rivals. Efficiency is the trademark of their performances, and a high-scoring event is expected. Whoever plays, regardless of the starting line-up, will give their maximum, which means that, indeed, there will be no friends in this friendly international clash. Germany will want revenge for defeats in previous competitive encounters at Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010.
Justin Shonga: Spain
Russia v Brazil (International Friendly)
FIFA Rankings: Russia 63rd & Brazil 2nd
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Useful facts: This is an international friendly match between the host nation of this year’s World Cup and the country that has lifted the trophy more than any other nation. The Russians have chosen some tough opponents to help them prepare for a return to competitive action at the World Cup. Under Tite, the Brazilians have developed a thick skin to complement their dazzling individual skill. Evidence to support that can be found in their scintillating away record. The Canarinhos have lost only once in their last 22 matches outside Brazil since 2013 and, even without Neymar, they have the all the tools to extend their great run in Moscow. The Russians will not go down without a fight, though, on home soil, as they would be keen to reassure their fans that their preparations for the World Cup are well on track.
Justin Shonga: Brazil