Mauricio Isla had an international night to remember as he helped Chile to an impressive 2-0 friendly win against England at Wembley.
Just when the hosts seemed to be getting into their stride, Alexis Sanchez silenced the home crowd by heading Eugenio Mena’s cross past debut goalkeeper Fraser Forster with seven minutes played.
And La Roja went on to dominate the first half. Capable on the ball and adventurous going forward, they outplayed Roy Hodgson’s men, and Isla’s customary industriousness down the wing was a key factor.
The team’s skill with the ball at their feet came to the fore late on as Sanchez chipped beautifully over England’s goalkeeper to seal a personal double and put the hosts to the sword.
In Milan, the six-strong group of Bianconeri called up by Cesare Prandelli for the friendly encounter with Germany at the San Siro all featured in a 1-1 draw that was probably the right result overall.
Gigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo all started, but it was Joachim Low’s men who took the lead at the first opportunity as Mats Hummels directed Toni Kroos’ corner past Buffon with a powerful header.
But the Azzurri soon found a reply, Pablo Osvaldo playing a neat one-two with Ignazio Abate before the Milan full-back fired home a left-footed shot. The final Juventus man Angelo Obgonna came off for the bench for Barzagli in the 71st minute, and ensured Italy didn’t concede further to gain the draw.
It was disappointment, on the other hand, for Paul Pogba, who played the full 90 minutes for France as they eventually ended up beaten 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying play-off in Ukraine.
Chances were initially at a premium, with neither side keen to act too offensively and concede early on. The hosts looked more dangerous, though, threatening particularly down the right flank with Andriy Yarmolenko.
They took the lead through Roman Zozulia after 61 minutes, and Yarmolenko then proved deadly when he hammered a penalty in off the bar to seal the win for Mykhaylo Fomenko’s men.