Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku all scored in international friendlies played tonight (Sunday), while there was silverware for Lucas Piazon to celebrate at the Toulon Tournament.
In a meeting of Blues in Monchengladbach, Eto’o and Schurrle traded goals in a thrilling 2-2 draw between Cameroon and Germany. Eto’o, who had missed the Indomitable Lions’ previous two friendlies with an injury, put his nation ahead just after the hour with a trademark close-range finish. It was his 56th international goal.
Thomas Muller equalised almost immediately for the Germans before Schurrle, who was introduced with 58 minutes played, fired the hosts ahead after latching on to Lukas Podolski’s square ball. He now has 12 goals for Germany.
Cameroon then equalised through Eric Choupo-Moting and an entertaining contest between two World Cup hopefuls ended level.
In Stockholm, Belgium defeated Sweden with both goals scored by Chelsea players. Romelu Lukaku, who earlier this week netted a hat-trick for his country, opened the scoring with a fizzing left-foot drive on 34 minutes.
Eden Hazard, who also started, then wrapped up the away win after cleverly exchanging passes with former Blue Kevin De Bruyne and confidently slotting home. He was replaced a minute later, while Lukaku’s evening was limited to 74 minutes. Thibaut Courtois played the full game but was rarely tested by a Swedish attack shorn of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Belgium play Tunisia on June 7 in their final warm-up game before opening their World Cup campaign against Algeria on June 17.
Earlier on Sunday, Brazil’s Under-21 side won the Toulon Tournament after defeating France 5-2 in the final. Lucas Piazon was an unused substitute.
England meanwhile finished fourth in the prestigious youth tournament after a 1-0 loss to Portugal in the 3rd/4th place play-off. Nathaniel Chalobah started the game and went close with a second-half header while the scores were level, but Portugal netted the game’s only goal soon after. Josh McEachran was an unused substitute.