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Posted 07 February 2013 11:52am
Gareth Bale shone again for Wales on a night of mixed emotions for our players on international duty.
Gareth opened the scoring in the first half and set up the second goal for Sam Vokes as Wales enjoyed a 2-1 friendly win against Austria at the Liberty Stadium. He also went close with a volley before departing on the hour.
Clint Dempsey was on target for the USA - but it turned into a disappointing night as Honduras came from behind to win the first match of the final phase of World Cup qualifying in the North, Central America, Caribbean zone.
Clint volleyed home to hand the States the lead in the first half at the Stadio Olimpico, San Pedro Sula, only for Juan Garcia and Jerry Bengtson to turn it around for Honduras.
There is a still a long way to go through - six teams play each other home and away and the top three progress to the finals in Brazil, 2014.
Back to friendly action and both Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen played 90 minutes as Belgium struck a late winner against Slovakia.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto also played a full shift in Cameroon's 1-0 win in Tanzania, as did Gylfi Sigurdsson as Iceland suffered a 2-0 loss against Russia.
Hugo Lloris made fine saves to keep out Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker as France took a 1-0 lead against Germany at the Stade de France. However, the Germans responded to win 2-1 with goals from Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira in the second half.
Aaron Lennon came on for the final 15 minutes as England beat Brazil at Wembley.