A spot of football then, as we gear up for the heady heights of Silly Season.
First up were the always exciting Three Lions of England. I didn't feel like waking up early to watch this one (it would've been 5am for me), but even if I would have, by all accounts I would've fallen right back asleep. But hey, another clean sheet feather to put in England's cap. Good job, Gary Cahill! I'll assume you had a decent amount to do with keeping said clean sheet. Cahill's day ended in a 75th minute substitution for Phil Jagielka.
Serbia and Ivanovic and Matic were up next. This I also did not watch, but it looked to have been more exciting than the England match. Serbia have struggled a bit in their Euro 2016 qualification campaign so far, but they were never going to have any trouble Azerbaijan. Nemanja Matic played the first hour, Branislav Ivanovic got 75 minutes and scored two goals from corner situations, opening the scoring in the tenth with a header and adding Serbia's third after pouncing on a rebound.
The big game of the day was the friendly between France and Belgium. This one carried a ton of Chelsea interest, not just because of Eden Hazard (captain on the day) and Thibaut Courtois, but potential transfer targets like Christian Benteke and Toby Alderweireld, and on the other side with Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane, Moussa Sissoko, and Alexandre Lacazette. Belgium led 2-0 after a fairly low-key first half, Maroune Fellaini poaching a couple goals for the Red Devils. Eden Hazard woke up for the second half and whenever not shackled or hacked down by Moussa Sissoko, was up to his usual tricksy tricks. Belgium scored a couple more, including Hazard with the fourth from the penalty spot — back on track after missing against Crystal Palace. Eden even had time for a fancy Rabona. It was all quite impressive.
But then, leading 4-1, Belgium basically stopped playing. France meanwhile introduced young, fresh blood who were looking to impress in Nabil Fekir and Paul-Georges Ntep. Courtois had already pulled off two pretty good saves, but there was nothing he could do against Fekir's and Payet's goals in the final minutes of the contest. Earlier, Mathieu Valbuena converted a penalty kick. Belgium were eventually saved by the referee's final whistle, with the scoreline still in their favor at 4-3.
The day ended with a trip to the Americas, for a juicy-sounding clash between Mexico and Brazil. Sadly, only the latter came to play, really, though Mexico were quite unlucky to not be awarded a penalty kick in the first half. Dunga made it 9-out-of-9 in charge of the Seleção with the 2-0 win, goals coming from Philippe Coutinho from a ridiculous angle and Diego Tardelli after a great team move. Willian, who looked lively all game on either flank and through the center as well, collected the secondary assist on Tardelli's goal. Filipe Luis played the full 90.
Oh, and yesterday, in addition to Juan Cuadrado and Falcao making telling contributions, Bertrand Traoré may or may not have scored as well, as Burkina Faso lost to Cameroon 2-3 in a friendly. I have not seen any highlights of this mysterious game, and my usual sources disagree on who scored Burkina Faso's first goal. Some say Traoré, some say Prejuce Nakoulma. Either way, at least he played.