VIDEO: Ozil and Iwobi score for their countries

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Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil were on the scoresheet for their respective countries as a round of international friendlies whet the appetite for the forthcoming World Cup.

Iwobi converted two minutes into the second half as Nigeria, wearing their new snazzy kit, threatened a comeback against England.

Gary Cahill and ex-Arsenal striker Harry Kane put Gareth Southgate’s men in charge before our midfielder drilled past Jordan Pickford after Kelechi Iheanacho had hit the post.

Danny Welbeck came on for England in the closing stages but the score remained 2-1 to the Three Lions. 

Meanwhile, Austria beat Germany 2-1, their first win over their neighbours for 32 years, despite Mesut Ozil opening the scoring for the reigning World Cup winners.

The Arsenal midfielder took advantage of a poor clearance by Austria goalkeeper Jorg Siebenhandl to calmly slot home on 11 minutes.

The home side hit back in the second half as Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf engineered a fine comeback on Manuel Neuer’s return to the international scene after injury.

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Faym14
Faym14

Not great replays

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

The England team are pretty unlikeable, aren’t they? I mean Alli, Kane, Walker, Lingard, Dier, Young all started yesterday – all really unlikeable characters.

Futsboller
Futsboller

And aside from Kane, all incredibly mediocre footballers.

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

One might add “Divey” Sterling to that list.

A Different George
A Different George

I have mixed feelings about Sterling. He is certainly a diver, though less so recently, at least in the league. But I don’t want to pile on criticism at a time when he is the target of a clearly racist campaign, led by clearly racist (and anti-football) shitheads.

Martin
Martin

If any footballer had put a tattoo of a gun on his foot he would have received bad publicity. I deplore racism but I don’t think is the reason in this case

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Could you explain putting Sterling’s photo on a story about an ex-footballer turned drug dealer that had nothing to do with him whatsoever? Or mentioning him in a totally unrelated story about stabbings in London (not even shootings, stabbings!) ? People point to the abuse Beckham got but it was never like this

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

100% agree, he’s been targeted by real idiots in the media and I’m glad they’re on the defensive now. I’d like to think we’ve all had enough of this shit now

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Wenger once said England would regret not doing more to persuade Iwobi to play for England. He was right. I hope he unlocks all the potential now.

Mpls
Mpls

Even with some of the inconsistencies he’s had this season, he could really add qualities to England they don’t have.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

It might be easier for him now than if he had the constant scrutiny for “journalists” to deal with!

SB Still
SB Still

That Austria defending which created the opportunity for Ozil, reminded of our very own.

Hope it soon becomes a thing of the past with some focused training. Even Mustafi wouldn’t be error prone anymore.

GunnerSpy
GunnerSpy

Hey blog, former Watford striker Odion Ighalo hit the post before Iwobi scored not Kelechi Iheanacho.

Kinghenrythe14th
Kinghenrythe14th

Odion Ighalo struck the post not Iheanacho. The former was later replaced by the later as time wore on.
Nigeria was hopeless throughout the 1st half but regained their composure when a change in formation led to Iwobi being deployed in the heart of midfield with Mikel Obi. He tired out later however as the match drew to a close

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Useless Germans! Couldn’t even beat a bunch of Fosters-drinking Kangaroo-chasing Aussies!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Another day
Another controversial post by Fatgooner

Unai ted Emeryite
Unai ted Emeryite

You understand that it’s Austria and not Australia don’t you, fat one?

Ogeds
Ogeds

Was Ighalo not Iheanacho