Germany stunned by Austria as England hold off Nigeria in World Cup warm-ups

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made his comeback from a nine-month injury break on Saturday but was unable to prevent the world champions suffering a surprise 2-1 friendly defeat to Austria.

Neuer, who had not played a single official game since breaking a bone in his foot back in September, was handed the captaincy and looked fresh and confident but was powerless to stop Austria’s two second-half goals.

It was Germany’s fifth match without a win — their first such stretch since 1987-88 — and their first defeat to neighbors Austria for 32 years.

Missing several regulars, Germany took the lead after 11 minutes when Mesut Ozil picked up a failed clearance by Joerg Siebenhandl and scored with a curling shot past the Austria goalkeeper.

Austria turned the match around with goals from defender Martin Hinteregger in the 53rd and midfielder Alessandro Schoepf 16 minutes later.

Belgium defender Vincent Kompany left the field hurt as his side and Portugal drew 0-0. The central defender hurt himself when he lunged for the ball and almost immediately left the pitch.

The Manchester City man will require a scan to determine if he can play in the World Cup, and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said it would probably take 48 hours to determine the severity of the injury.

Both Belgium and the European champions had promising phases, Portugal’s Bernardo Silva in particular creating chances at the end of the first half.

First-half goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane helped England beat Nigeria 2-1.

Cahill’s powerful headed goal from a corner after seven minutes gave England the lead and the Three Lions took control of the game in the 39th minute when Kane drilled a shot from the edge of the penalty area and Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho allowed it to squeeze past him.

The game was little of a true test for England, who benefited from a string of first-half errors by Nigeria, who pulled a goal back through Alex Iwobi shortly after the break but threatened only fleetingly for much of the game.

Former coach Lars Lagerback spoiled Iceland‘s pre-World Cup party in Reykjavik by steering his Norway side to a 3-2 victory thanks to late goals from Joshua King and Alexander Soerloth.

Iceland went behind in the 15th minute but Alfred Finnbogason put them back level with penalty on the half-hour mark. Gylfi Sigurdsson demonstrated his class with a superb lob to put Iceland in front, and the home side looked to be coasting to a confidence-boosting win.

But Lagerback, who led Iceland to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, had the last laugh as King scored a simple tap-in before setting up Soerloth for the winner five minutes from time.

Giovani dos Santos struck an early goal as Mexico, despite missing a host of chances to extend their lead, earned a slim 1-0 victory over Scotland.

Dos Santos stroked the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal from the edge of the penalty area in the 13th minute, and though Mexico outshot Scotland 31-4 over the 90 minutes, that was the only goal of the night.

Sweden striker Isaac Kiese-Thelin spooned a late shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy as his side were held to a goalless draw by Denmark.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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