INTERNATIONALS: OSCAR ON TARGET; ENGLAND U19S WIN

Oscar scored for the second game in succession as Brazil made it two victories in the space of four days with a 2-0 friendly win over Zambia in Beijing.

The Chelsea attacker, who also netted in Saturday’s win over South Korea, broke the deadlock shortly after coming on as a half-time substitute when his deflected strike from outside the penalty area looped over Kennedy Mweene and into the back of the net.

David Luiz once again skippered the side in the absence of Thiago Silva, while there was also a start for Ramires, who played the opening 45 minutes before being withdrawn by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Dede doubled Brazil’s advantage when he climbed highest to glance home a Neymar free-kick in the 66th minute, and with nine minutes left to play Oscar was denied a second when Mweene saved well low down.

David Luiz was replaced by Henrique with 20 minutes remaining.

At Under-21 level, Andreas Christensen and Denmark closed the gap to Russia at the top of their qualification group for the 2015 Euro finals by winning 2-0 away against their Russian counterparts. The Danes now trail by two points after four of the 10 group games played.

On Wednesday afternoon, there was success for England Under-19s as they qualified for the elite stage of the qualification process for the European Championships at their age level.

Needing a point from their final game in a four-team tournament, the young England side beat Switzerland 1-0 in Slovenia.

Chelsea goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney was one of the heroes, making two superb saves in the second half, the second in the dying seconds. Noel Blake’s side took the lead in the first half after a succession of chances, Derby County’s Mason Bennett the scorer, and then defended stoutly after the break.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Swift started in the midfield with Lewis Baker replacing Loftus-Cheek on the hour.

A friendly Under-20 tournament in the Netherlands, featuring Tomas Kalas in a Czech Republic side, ended with Germany top after a 1-1 draw in the final game against the Czechs, who were runners-up.

Kalas played the whole of that match having captained the side and scored in an opening win over the host nation, and come on after 74 minutes of a 0-0 draw with Turkey in the second match.

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