Ljungberg leads way in friendlies

Freddie Ljungberg led the way for West Ham United on a busy night of international action across Europe.

The Sweden captain played 57 minutes in his country's 1-0 defeat by Brazil at the Emirates Stadium home of his former club Arsenal. The midfielder had the honour of leading the European Championship qualifiers out in a match being played to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1958 World Cup final when the South American side beat the host nation 5-2 in Stockholm. This time around, Pato scored the only goal in the 72nd minute.

In Krakow, Jonathan Spector appeared for the last 18 minutes of the United States' impressive 3-0 victory against Poland. Carlos Bocanegra, Oguchi Onyewu and Eddie Lewis were on target for the US. A week ago, Spector helped the Under-23s qualify for this summer's Olympics and the defender was the only one from that age group to also be required on senior-team duty.

Elsewhere, John Pantsil got the whole game for Ghana in their 2-1 defeat  by Mexico in a match played at Fulham's Craven Cottage. The defender was cautioned in a contest that saw Michael Essien open the scoring. Robert Green was an unused substitute for England in their 1-0 defeat by France in Paris while George McCartney did not even feature on the bench for Northern Ireland in their 4-1 home win against Georgia in Belfast.