International Roundup: England Draw, Spain and Uruguay Win

Feng Li

Busy day on the international front as Conor Coady and Luis Suarez get goals for their respective sides, while Pepe Reina was an observer for Spain's win over Nigeria.

England 2: Coady 40', Williams 51'
Iraq 2: Faez (pen.) 74', Adnan 90'

Both Conor Coady and Jon Flanagan started and played a full ninety, with the captain get the first of England's two goals on a header five minutes before half-time. Luke Williams extended England's lead to 2-0 on the other side of the break, but two goals in the final twenty minutes--including the equalizer in the 90th minute from Ali Jamil Adnan--left England with only a draw from a match they very much looked like winning.

A stop-motion recreation of Coady's opener below:

Nigeria 0
Spain 3: Alba 3' 88', Torres 62'

As expected, Pepe Reina returned to the bench with Victor Valdes rotated in, and a brace from Jordi Alba and Fernando Torres' fourth fifith of the tournament (though three came against Tahiti, so more like 2.5) knocked Nigeria out of the competition. They'll move on to face Italy in the semi-final on Thursday in a rematch of the Euro 2012 final.

Uruguay 8: lots of people, Suarez 82' 90'
Tahiti 0

Sebastian Coates got the start for Uruguay and Luis Suarez scored two late goals--becoming Uruguay's all-time leading goalscorer again--after coming on as a substitute with twenty minutes to play against a valiant but ultimately helpless Tahiti side.Special mention for Andres Scotti, who had a penalty saved and got sent off after receiving two yellows, the second of which was a little over the top considering it was committed against a full-time accountant (probably). Uruguay now have a date with Brazil on Wednesday night, the first of two fascinating semi-final ties.

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