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International round-up: Rafa, Gio on target

Posted on 1 June 2012  - 14:30

Rafa van der Vaart and Giovani Dos Santos were both on target for their countries in the latest round of international matches.

International round-up: Rafa, Gio on target

After back-to-back defeats, the Netherlands badly needed a win against Slovakia in Rotterdam and Bert Van Marwijk's team delivered. After an early own goal gave Rafa's side the lead, our midfielder sealed the victory with a goal in the 75th minute with a low right-footed shot across the Slovakian goalkeeper from 15-yards out.

Gio was also on the scoresheet for Mexico as his team ran out 2-1 winners over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Chicago. The striker was in the right place at the right time as Asmir Begovic spilled a shot, allowing Gio to slot home from close range.

In Washington, Sandro played the full 90 minutes as Brazil beat the USA 4-1 in a clinical display to seal their ninth consecutive victory ahead of the Olympics in London this summer.

And finally, Harry Kane played 90 minutes as the England U19s recorded a 1-0 win over Switzerland and a place in the European Championship Finals in Estonia this July. The striker tested the Swiss goalkeeper several times but it was a late strike from Saido Berahino that secured victory.