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Mahrez chip helps Algeria beat Mali

Mahrez chip helps Algeria beat Mali
A sumptuous lob from Riyad Mahrez was enough to earn Algeria a hard-fought friendly triumph over Mali.

The City winger latched onto Youcef Belaili’s ball just before the hour and finished in typically impressive style to extend the Desert Foxes' incredible unbeaten run to 26 matches.

Djamel Belmadi’s side can take confidence from the victory into their final two international friendlies across the month, with Tunisia next on the horizon on Friday 11 June.

With the European Championships on the horizon, Nathan Ake came on as a half-time substitute to help the Netherlands cruise past Georgia 3-0 in an international friendly.

The defender was a typically calming presence at the heart of defence for Oranje, as they rounded off preparations for Euro 2020 in style.

Memphis Depay put the hosts ahead from the spot inside ten minutes before second-half strikes from Wout Weghorst and teenager Ryan Gravenberch sealed a 3-0 win.

It was Frank De Boer’s side’s final warmup match ahead of this summer's showpiece, as they now turn their attentions to Saturday’s opening Group C match against Ukraine.


It could see City teammates Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko line up on opposite sides as they both vie to kick-off their respective campaigns with a win.

While Ake is known for his defensive capabilities, he also demonstrated some of his skills at the other end of the pitch over the weekend.

The defender scored a stunning free-kick in a training session, much to the delight of his Holland teammates, which has since been posted on social media.

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Elsewhere, England edged out Romania in the Three Lions’ final friendly match before Euro 2020.

Marcus Rashford’s 68th minute penalty was enough to earn Gareth Southgate’s side a deserved win after Jack Grealish was brought down inside the Romanian box.

England had chances to put the game out of sight but visiting stopper Florin Nita was in inspired form; denying Jordan Henderson from the spot as well as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jude Bellingham in particular from close-range.

The friendly at Middlesbrough’s Riverside stadium came too soon for England’s City contingent of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden and Kyle Walker, who were all given an extended rest period following the Champions League final.

However, they rejoined the rest of the squad on Friday will be ready and raring to go ahead of Sunday’s opening match of the tournament against Croatia.

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