Brazil topped Uruguay 4-1 to move on the verge of World Cup qualification, but there was much more to the first half of this match than meets the eye. Uruguay went ahead 1-0 on a 9th-minute penalty won and scored by Edinson Cavani, and for a moment it seemed like the home side might find its way to pull within a point of Brazil at the top of the CONMEBOL standings. That would not last very long. Just 10 minutes later, a bad giveaway near the midfield stripe saw Neymar casually feed Paulinho a good 50 yards from goal. The former Spurs man took matters into his own hands, charging forward and unleashing a vicious strike that continued to rise until it ripped the chords in the top-right corner.
Vincent Aboubakar picked up where he left off some 50 days ago as he propelled Cameroon to a 1-0 friendly win over Tunisia in their first outing since winning the African Nations Cup. Aboubakar netted the winner for Cameroon in last month’s final against Egypt and repeated the feat with a 15th minute strike in the tourist resort of Monastir. Tunisia twice hit Cameroon’s woodwork during the game and Ali Maaloul came close with two late efforts for the hosts as both countries warmed up for the resumption of World Cup qualifiers later in the year.
The Rangers have signed UFA goaltender Chris Nell of Bowling Green State Univeristy. Nell, 22, was undrafted and went 17-14-2 this past season for BGSU with a 2.15 GAA and .916 save percentage. From the Rangers release, "Over his final eight appearances of the season, Nell posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 1.26 GAA, a .957 SV%, and 3 SO, and he registered three consecutive shutouts from Feb. 11 vs. Mercyhurst to Feb. 25 vs. Alabama-Huntsville. He was named the NCAA's First Star of the Week, as well as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week, for the week ending on Feb. 26, as he stopped all 71 shots he faced in two appearances." In his college career he went 41-29-10 with a GAA of 2.07, 11 shutouts