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Germany takes a shutout from old rivals Italy

AP , LONDON

From left, Italy's Alessandr Del Pierro, Francesco Totti, Christian Vieri and Mauro German Camoranesi jubilate after Vieri scored during a friendly between Germany and Italy in the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday.

PHOTO: AP

Christian Vieri's strike completed a twin celebration for Italy in a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday while the Germans were left doubly miserable.

The Inter Milan striker struck the only goal of the game in the 17th minute at Stuttgart as the Italians were boosted by a friendly victory over one of their traditional rivals.

Despite dropping its first points, Wales still leads the standings with 12 and Italy has 10, each team having three games to go. The two teams meet in Italy Sept. 6.

Serbia jumped above Finland into third place and has eight points with two games to go.

Iceland scored a victory over the Faeroes and jumped above Germany in Group 5.

Chelsea's Eidur Gudjohnsen fired Iceland ahead in the sixth minute at the Faeroes capital Torshavn although the home side hit back with an equalizer through Rogvi Jacobsen in the 66th.

Petur Marteinsson scored Iceland's second six minutes later and his team now has a one point lead over the Germans with a showdown looming at Reykjavik Sept. 6.

The games were the only two Euro 2004 matches on Wednesday with 18 friendlies also spread across Europe.

European champion France scored a routine 2-0 victory at Switzerland in a friendly meeting of the leaders of Groups 1 and 10. Sylvain Wiltord and Steve Marlet got the goals in Geneva.

Now with Real Madrid rather than Manchester United, David Beckham scored an early penalty and set up a header for Michael Owen with a trademark right wing cross as England downed Croatia 3-1. But Sven-Goran Eriksson had goalkeeper David James to thank for three first half saves as the Croats repeatedly pulled his defense apart.

Argentina edged Uruguay 3-2 in a game played at Florence in Italy thanks to two late strikes by Walter Samuel and Andres D'Alessandro. Despite a strike by Juan Sebastian Veron, Uruguay led 2-1 through Diego Forlan and Martin Liguera.

Belgium and the Netherlands tied 1-1 in a scrappy game in Brussels. Wesley Sonck, who transfered to Ajax Amsterdam in the summer, put the Belgians ahead only for Roy Makaay to level for the Dutch.

It was the fourth Belgium-Netherlands draw in a row and the game also ended 10 vs. 10 with Netherlands Filip Cocu and the home team's Olivier De Cock both sent off.

Stelios Yiannacopoulos and Pantelis Kafes scored within two minutes of each other as Greece scored a 2-1 win at Sweden at Norrkoping. The Greeks trailed to Anders Svensson's first half strike, but came back after Sweden's Tobias Linderoth was sent off at the Idrottsparken stadium.

Adrian Mutu, the latest of eight new Chelsea signings since new Russian owner Roman Abramovich took over the club, scored both Romania's goals in a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in friendly action on Wednesday.

Hired from Parma a week ago, he netted a 28th minute penalty and added to that in the 58th.

Nihat Kahveci and Okan Yilmaz hit the target as World Cup semifinalist Turkey scored a 2-0 victory over Moldova in Ankara.

In Copenhagen, Finnish substitute Aki Riihilahti scored a late equalizer to cancel out a Jesper Groenkjaer strike as Denmark and Finland tied 1-1. Norway and Scotland fought out a 0-0 tie in Oslo.

Israel and Slovenia, who meet next week in a Group 1 game, both warmed up with victories.

Israel came away from Moscow with a 2-1 victory thanks to strikes by Avi Nimini and Piniflex Balali while Goran Sukalo and Sebastjan Cimerotic hit the target for Slovenia in a 2-1 victory over Hungary in Ljubljana.

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