Many soccer leagues around the world are taking a break, with the best players from their respective countries being called to participate in a series of international friendlies. Here’s a recap of the most exciting news so far
Hosting Guatemala, Israel came out to play and delivered the Central Americans a whopping 7-0 loss. While Guatemala ranks far down in FIFA rankings, full fledged blowouts are still few and far between.
Argentina took care of business against Mexico, defeating them 2-0 in a matchup the Mexicans can never seem to figure out. They’ll have a chance to take a crack at it again when they play them again on November 20.
Germany handed Russia a 3-0 loss. After being eliminated from the World Cup in group stage play and losing two friendlies in a row, they will be hoping to continue this improved form when they take the Netherlands on November 19.
Costa Rica edged Chile in a 3-2 win that had to have Chileans shaking their head. When the whistle blew, Chile ended the game with 24 shots and 69% of possession, while Costa Rica only managed to slip in three shots on target.
A late penalty from Neymar was the difference in a tight 1-0 match with Uruguay, where unlike most squads, just about all the stars came out for both sides.
England defeated the United States 3-0 in another disappointing loss for the Americans. A 1-0 win against Mexico remains their only win since spring as they continue to struggle.
Much international soccer is still yet to be played in the next few days. Viewers will have 27 matches to choose from until international football goes on break again until December.