International Rewind: Reus injury overshadows Klose record; Mexico defeated again; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany closed out their send-off series in style on Friday evening but their 6-1 win against Armenia in Mainz came at a massive cost.

On Saturday morning, Germany were forced to replace star playmaker Marco Reus after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder was diagnosed with a partial tear to his left ankle ligament. Reus suffered the injury just seconds before the halftime whistle in the match vs. Armenia when he lunged into a challenge and had his foot caught in an awkward angle in the grass.

Germany manager Joachim Löw elected to place Reus in the squad with young German defender Shkodran Mustafi.

“For him and us it is extremely regrettable,” Löw said in a statement on the DFB website. “He was in great form, and he made an excellent impression in training camp and the two games against Cameroon and Armenia.”

The injury and subsequent replacement of Reus has overshadowed the fact that veteran forward Miroslav Klose broke his nation’s all-time scoring record when he scored his 69th international goal. In an ironic twist, the Polish-born Klose took a pass from the left boot of Polish-born winger Lukas Podolski and headed home in the 77th minute.

Here are some more notes to catch you up around the world:

MEXICO FALL AGAIN, THIS TIME TO PORTUGAL

In a game between two teams who might be happy just to not have suffered any more injuries, Mexico fell to Portugal on Friday evening at Gillette Stadium, 1-0.

Mexico overall dominated the game against a Portugal squad that was playing without a number of starters including Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, and Raul Meireles, but weren’t able to put enough shots on target.

When asked, Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo stepped up to the task, making an acrobatic save on a cross-turned-shot from Miguel Layun early, saving two shots by Hector Herrera, and making a diving save one-on-one with El Tri substitute Raul Jimenez to keep a clean sheet.

Portugal claimed the victory in the third minute of stoppage time after winning a free kick in the attacking half. Joao Moutinho floated a ball into the box and veteran Portugal defender Bruno Alves met the ball and powered it towards goal, past the out-stretched arms of Guillermo Ochoa in net.

COSTA RICA DRAW REP. OF IRELAND IN BACK-AND-FORTH GAME

Costa Rica’s final World Cup tune-up saw them eke out a draw against the Republic of Ireland despite going down a man in the first half.

Los Ticos were reduced to ten men in the 1-1 draw in the 41st minute when Columbus Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez was sent off for elbowing Ireland’s Kevin Doyle in the head.

Doyle initially put Ireland on the board in the 18th minute when he headed a powerful shot home from the top of the box. In the 64th minute, Costa Rica hit one back, as Celso Borges calmly finished from the penalty spot on a controversial call. Three minutes later, Ireland were also awarded a controversial penalty kick but goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton made a great save to keep out LA Galaxy forward Robby Keane’s attempt on goal.

BRAZIL WIN FINAL WARMUP AS THEY FOCUS ON OPENING MATCH

Brazil took care of business in Sao Paulo on Friday night as they begin to prepare for the difficult task of winning the World Cup.

Luis Felipe Scolari put out the expected starting lineup for the World Cup opener next Thursday and the team did enough to defeat Serbia, 1-0. Fred scored the game’s only goal in the 58th minute in a feat of individual brilliance.

Centerback Thiago Silva floated a diagonal ball into the box that Fred chested down between two defenders. Losing his balance, Fred still managed to get to the ball first before the oncoming keeper and blast it in for a goal.

QUICK KICKS

Colombia routed Jordan, 3-0, behind goals from James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, and Victor Ibarbo. (REPORT)

Japan star Keisuke Honda scored twice as Japan rallied in stoppage time to defeat Zambia, 4-3, in Tampa, Fla. (REPORT)

Robert Lewandowski scored the game-winning-goal for Poland on a penalty kick as they defeated Lithuania, 2-1. (REPORT)

Greece ended a three-game scoreless run with a 2-1 victory over Bolivia at Red Bull Arena. (REPORT)

Russia beat Morocco, 2-0, but lost captain Roman Shirokov from their World Cup squad due to an Achillies injury. (REPORT)

Croatia forward Nikica Jelavic scored the game-winner for his side in a 1-0 victory over Australia in Bahia. (REPORT)

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What do you think of this news? Disappointed to hear about Reus being out of the World Cup? Do you see Mexico suffering from a lack of confidence? Do you expect them to play better in Brazil?

Share your thoughts below.

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24 Responses to International Rewind: Reus injury overshadows Klose record; Mexico defeated again; and more

  1. HoboMike says:

    I laughed when I saw Germany’s starting lineup and realized that Goetze, Podolski, Ozil, and Draxler were on the bench. Germany is not lacking for ridiculous options to replace Reus.

    However, I suppose the situation bears watching. While Ozil has flair, Podolski has power, and Draxler/Goetze have speed, no one quite has a combo of everything like Reus does.

  2. jb says:

    wth happened in portugal-mexico? turned off that game, it was scoreless in the 90th min? port scored 2 in stoppage?

    • CSD says:

      It ended 1-0 after a very impressive header in the 93rd minute after a free kick because of a silly Mexico foul. 2-0 score line is an incorrect statement in the story above. It may be fixed and then our comments will be perplexing to the late arriving.

    • Reg Chapman says:

      Looks like a typo. Score was 1-0

  3. Wispy says:

    A total nit, I know, but how is the pass from Podolski an “ironic twist”? Actually more fitting than ironic.

    • Artie says:

      Bingo.

    • 1st Time Caller says:

      Just another example of someone who likely possesses a college education confusing the definition of irony.

    • Josh D says:

      It’s ironic that Germany’s top scorer is actually Polish and that he broke the record with an assist from another Polish player.

      Even if irony isn’t correct nor is fitting.

      • Baptista says:

        Kielbasa?

      • Blaine says:

        They’re more German than Julian Green is American.

        • bryan says:

          Green was born in Tampa, USA. Klose and Podolski were born in Poland.

          • Increase says:

            Cold War Poland… im pretty sure both are ethic Germans.

            • bryan says:

              Opole and Gliwice are in southern Poland. just making a point to make a point.

            • bryan says:

              but to your point, it seems Klose’s dad is ethnic German. his mom played for the Polish national handball team and Klose says he is “European” instead of German or Polish. he speaks Polish at home to this day.

              Podolski is Polish and his mom also played for the Polish handball team. they emigrated to West Germany when given Aussiedler as a result of his grandparents having German citizenship before WWII.

  4. Westerner says:

    Gillette stadium? Artificial surface? How can it be so bad if these teams agree to play there right before the World Cup?

  5. MJ says:

    The “World Cup Injury” lineup is getting more and more impressive. Disappointed for these guys who won’t get to experience their dream.

  6. Westerner says:

    Rues is injuries when his cleat snagged the turf. Oh, real grass is Germany. Maybe they should have played at Gilette stadium to.

    • bryan says:

      i watched the game and there was no snag. he came down on it wrong and rolled it hard trying to win the ball back. also, it was real grass at Gillette.

  7. bodeguero says:

    Typing out the results of a Mexico game as 2-0 is a hard habit to break out of.

  8. bryan says:

    Portugal’s keeper also stopped Pulido who was in on goal from good work by Chicharito.

  9. ann says:

    Yeah, Miro Klose broke The Bomber’s resp. Gerd Müller’s goals record of 68 international goals for Germany (link to youtube.com ).
    Now Klose needs 2 more goals in the WC to brake the goalscoring record of Brazil’s Ronaldo.

    I feel so sorry for Reus for missing Brazil. Hopefully he’ll make a qick and full recovery as BVB is in dire need of him soon.