Rooney strikes in feisty draw

Rooney strikes in feisty draw

Wayne Rooney ended his four-game international goal drought as an experimental England side drew 2-2 with Ecuador in a feisty World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday.

Both teams ended with 10 men at the Sun Life Stadium after Raheem Sterling was dismissed in the 79th minute for a sliding challenge on Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia, who saw red for pushing the Englishman and going to grab his throat.

The game petered out after explosion of tempers as the Brazil-bound teams settled for a draw. The great concern for England coach Roy Hodgson will have been his team’s defending, with Enner Valencia heading Ecuador in front in the 8th minute in Miami Gardens.

Rooney, though, leveled in the 29th by nudging the ball over the line after Rickie Lambert hit the post, and Lambert found the net himself six minutes into the second half after 20-year-old Ross Barkley weaved his way through the defence with ease.

But Michael Arroyo powered in equaliser from distance in the 70th in his team’s final game before playing Switzerland at the World Cup on June 15. England still have another friendly before their World Cup opener against Italy on June 14, against Honduras here on Saturday.

Argentina cruise

Lionel Messi, looking to score his first World Cup goals since 2006 in Brazil this month, went scoreless as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a warmup tie on Wednesday.

Messi missed several chances in the first half, was repeatedly fouled and hit the post with a free kick from which midfielder Javier Mascherano tapped in Argentina's second goal.

Striker Rodrigo Palacio, replacing the injured Gonzalo Higuain, headed the opener in the last action of the first half and substitute Maxi Rodriguez completed the win in the 64th minute.

Cavani strikes

Striker Edinson Cavani and substitute Christian Stuani scored to fire Uruguay to a 2-0 win over Slovenia in their final World Cup warmup at the Centenario on Wednesday.

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