International round-up: Ousmane Dembele scores fine goal as France down Italy
By Ron Walker
Last Updated: 02/06/18 2:35pm
Ousmane Dembele scored a terrific goal in an impressive display for France as the World Cup contenders defeated Italy 3-1.
Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti grabbed the opening goal after eight minutes from the rebound from a Kylian Mbappe shot, before Antoine Griezmann added a second from the penalty spot following a foul on Lucas Hernandez by Rolando Mandragora.
Italy cut the deficit before the break when Leonardo Bonucci followed up after Hugo Lloris failed to deal with a Mario Balotelli free-kick, but Dembele sealed victory on 63 minutes, curling a sublime first-time shot into the top corner minutes after he had been denied by the post.
Tunisia conceded a last-gasp equaliser against 10-man Turkey to register a 2-2 draw for the second game running in their latest World Cup warm-up.
Four days after producing a two-goal comeback against Euro 2016 champions Portugal, Tunisia went behind to Turkey captain Cenk Tosun's 54th-minute penalty.
Anice Badri fired in a rising half-volley from 20 yards to equalise two minutes later before Tosun was shown a red card after leaving the pitch to argue with fans. Ferjani Sassi put Tunisia in front, but Turkey levelled in the last minute through Caglar Soyuncu's quickly taken free-kick.
A Mohamed Salah-less Egypt played out a 0-0 draw with Colombia in Cairo, with the visitors enjoying more of the play but unable to find a way through a determined back-line.
Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez missed first-half chances for the South American side, before Ramadan Sobhi was denied by a fine David Ospina save just before the break.
The second half failed to produce moments of note, as Egypt readied themselves for starting their campaign on the second day of the tournament, on June 15.
Australia sprung a record defeat on Czech Republic as they marched to a comfortable 4-0 win with Hertha Berlin forward Mathew Leckie scoring twice in Austria.
Leckie put Australia in front in the 32nd minute before Urawa Diamonds striker Andrew Nabbout extended the Socceroos' lead with his first ever international goal nine minutes into the second half.
Leckie grabbed his second in the 72nd minute and Jakub Jugas put the icing on the cake as he deflected the ball into his own net in the confidence-boosting win for Burt van Marwijk's side.
South Korea's World Cup preparations took a dent as they were beaten 3-1 by Bosnia with Edin Visca scoring an emphatic hat-trick.
Visca handed the visitors the lead in the 28th minute, but Lee Jae-Sung found a reply almost immediately as he dinked in their equaliser.
On the stroke of half-time, Visca scored with an incisive finish before completing his hat-trick by hammering his volley into the top corner with just over 10 minutes remaining.
An 89th-minute penalty from Guran Kashia secured Georgia a narrow 1-0 victory against Malta at the Silberstadt Arena.
Malta looked set to secure their second consecutive draw in their Austrian training camp, but Steve Borg tripped up an onrushing Davit Khoholava with one minute remaining before Kashia converted the decisive spot-kick.
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