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Germany, France in warm-up draws

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

PARIS - Germany and France were held to draws while Chelsea duo Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium in the latest batch of World Cup warm-ups yesterday.

Fellow Brazil-bound Cameroon came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw against Germany.

All four goals came in an entertaining second-half as Cameroon, coached by German Volker Finke, came within a whisker of a historic first win over Germany.

The Africans took a shock lead through another Chelsea player, Samuel Eto'o, on 62 minutes only for Germany to equalise four minutes later through Thomas Mueller.

German replacement Andre Schuerrle then gave the hosts the lead before Cameroon left-wing Eric Choupo-Moting, who plies his trade in the Bundesliga for Mainz 05, popped up with the 78th-minute equaliser.

Germany coach Joachim Loew was unimpressed with his side's display, especially from Arsenal's midfielder Mesut Ozil, who produced a low-key performance.

"On the one hand they were a good opponent and a real test of our endurance," said Loew.

Down on a rainy Cote d'Azur Franck Ribery started on the bench in France's 1-1 stalemate with Paraguay.

Substitute Antoine Griezman had appeared to give the French victory when he curled home an 82nd minute right foot shot before Victor Caceres silenced the partisan crowned in Nice, flicking home an 89th minute equaliser.

The match was the second Brazil buildup for Deschamps' side after they brushed aside Norway 4-0 last Tuesday.

Ribery, recovering from a back injury, is due to play some part in France's final tune-up against Jamaica.

"I've already spoken about it and I have nothing new to add. We'll do everything so he's ready for next Sunday," Desachamps said when quizzed about his key player's fitness.

"We can't win every match 4-0 but there were a lot of good things tonight," added Deschamps.

"On the free kick at the end, we probably retreated too much into our own box but we were playing a good team who know how to defend.

"We were not at full strength but we had good intentions and there were positives."

Hazard and Lukaku were on the mark in Belgium's 2-0 win over Sweden.

Coming after last week's 5-1 drubbing of Luxembourg the result offered further proof of the side's wellbeing ahead of their Group H assignment in Brazil against Algeria, Russia and South Korea.








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