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International review: Guzan impresses in USA warm-up

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International review: Guzan impresses in USA warm-up


Brad Guzan played 45 minutes as USA beat Turkey 2-1 in a World Cup warm-up match.

Villa No.1 Guzan came on for Tim Howard in the second half.

Goals from Fabian Johnson and Clint Dempsey on Sunday earned the win in front of a sell-out crowd of 26,762 at Red Bull Arena in New York.

Howard, who played the opening 45 minutes, set a senior USA record with the 54th win of his national team career, breaking Kasey Keller's record.

Guzan made a great save from Turkey and Fenerbahçe right-back Gökhan Gönül at his near right post on the hour mark.

But the claret and blue stopper could do little to deny the visitors as they scored a consolation penalty.

Selcuk Inan hit a crisply struck 90th minute right-footed spot-kick inside the left side of the frame past a diving Guzan, who actually anticipated correctly.

Ron Vlaar had a great day in the international fold on Saturday - receiving the call to travel with Holland to the World Cup and then playing 90 minutes for them as they beat Ghana 1-0 at the Amsterdam Arena.

Vlaar received the Brazil news from Louis Van Gaal in the afternoon before impressing in central defence for the Dutch in the evening.

Robin van Persie scored the only goal of the game in their latest World Cup warm-up.

Having missed the 1-1 draw with Ecuador a fortnight ago, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Nigel de Jong were among five added to the starting XI.

But it was skipper Van Persie - scorer of the equaliser against Ecuador - who made the early breakthrough, tapping home from six yards after being teed up by Sneijder.

Holland now face one more friendly against Wales on Wednesday before departing for the showpiece football tournament.

Ciaran Clark was an unused sub as Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Italy in a friendly at Craven Cottage.

England's first Group D opponents at the World Cup this summer produced a patchy performance against a makeshift Ireland side.

Martin O'Neill's men could have grabbed a late victory, but substitute Stephen Quinn smashed a shot against the bar.

Italy will be without Riccardo Montolivo in Brazil after the AC Milan midfielder broke his leg.

Coming up on Tuesday, Andreas Weimann is with Austria as they face Czech Republic at the Andruv Stadium in Olomouc, kick-off 7pm.

On Wednesday, Vlaar is back in action for the Dutch as they face Wales at the Amsterdam Arena, kick-off 7pm.

On Friday, Clark's Ireland face Costa Rica in PPL Stadium, Philadelphia, kick-off 3pm.

On Saturday, Guzan's USA side face Nigeria at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, kick-off 11pm.

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By @AVFCOfficial 2nd June 2014
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