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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Slips by Emirates In Unconvincing Friendly


Substitute Igor Simutenkov headed a late goal to give Russia an unconvincing 1-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates in its penultimate match before Euro '96.

Midfielder Simutenkov, who replaced Ilya Tsymbalar in the 69th minute, staked his claim in Wednesday's game for a place in the starting line-up in the European championship finals by heading home Vladislav Radimov's cross six minutes from time.

The goal extended Russia's unbeaten run to 16 matches, but was one of few scoring chances created by the Russians in a disappointing home performance.

One encouraging note was the return to international duty of veteran midfielder Igor Dobrovolsky, who currently plays no club soccer but helped inject some life into the Russians after a lackluster first half.

Germany 1, Northern Ireland 1. European Championship favorite Germany completely missed the target from two penalties and had to hit back from a goal down to gain a tie with modest Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland substitute George O'Boyle fired his team ahead after 79 minutes, but Mehmet Scholl equalized a minute later.

By then, the Germans should have been two ahead. But Juergen Klinsmann and Andreas Moller both shot wide of the goal from first-half spot kicks.

Germany was without four regular players and included second choice keeper Oliver Kahn between the posts.

But Berti Vogts' team looked impressive in the early stages, and Mario Basler fired a well-directed shot that took a deflection off his colleague Oliver Bierhoff.

O'Boyle, who plays in the Scottish first division for St. Johnstone, replaced the ineffective Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie in the 66th minute and opened the scoring 13 minutes later.

Michael Hughes sent over a corner and O'Boyle reacted quickly to steer the ball past keeper Kahn.

Less than 60 seconds later, the Germans were level. Scholl fired home a well-struck right-foot shot after Moller had set up the opening.

Italy 2, Belgium 2. Enrico Chiesa, a prolific striker in serie A this season, marked his debut for Italy with a second-half equalizer as the Italians recovered from two goals down to tie 2-2 with Belgium.

Second-half substitute Chiesa, called up to Italy's European championship squad after scoring 23 goals for Sampdoria, took just 10 minutes to open his international account, glancing home a header. Chiesa's goal completed a morale-boosting comeback for Italy, 2-0 down after 10 minutes following two elementary errors from their goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi.

The Italian No. 1, penalty-saving hero of Juventus's European Cup triumph over Ajax last week, turned villain as early as the fifth minute when he moved late for a surprise 30-meter shot from Geoffrey Claes, letting the ball slip under him.

Five minutes later, Peruzzi was clearly guilty again, coming for and missing a Gert Verheyen cross that cannoned into the unguarded net off Amedeo Carboni's foot for an own-goal.