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Wales

0

vs.

2

England

Attendance = 68,959

Frank LAMPARD 7P’

Darren BENT 15’

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Ref = Olegário BENQUERENÇA (Portugal)

Millennium Stadium – CARDIFF

ANY hopes Wales had about beating England in last Saturday’s (26 March) Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff were dashed as they lost the 100th match between the two.

Wales’s captain for the game was 20 year-old Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. That’s not bad is it? You’re 20 and in just your 11th match for your country you are made captain against your biggest rivals. However, the Welsh were without their star player, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, who was out injured.

England were led out by John Terry, who was back as captain after coach Fabio Capello reinstated him as full-time captain over Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Terry had been stripped of the captaincy in early 2010 after explosive revelations about his private life hit the headlines. All I’ll say on this matter is this: “Bad move Fabio.

The match itself got off to a fiery start (after God Save The Queen was booed by the Welsh) with Wales’s Craig Bellamy keeping his rough-boy reputation.  But England got their revenge when James Collins brought down Ashley Cole in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Frank Lampard coolly rolled the ball into the net and England led 1-0 just seven minutes in.

Lampard makes it 1-0 from the spot.

Eight minutes later England tore Wales’s defence apart. Glen Johnson passed the ball with pin-point accuracy from 60-70 yards away to Ashley Young who crossed the ball into the box to set up Darren Bent from seven yards out. Bent made no mistake from there and England were now 2-0 to the good.

Darren Bent celebrates his third England goal.

Wayne Rooney could have made it 3-0 soon after but his shot went wide.

England continued to dominate a first half in which Wales had no shots on goal and only one touch in England’s penalty area. Ashley Young had the best chance of the half with five minutes of it left. His powerful volley only just went over the crossbar, and would have been a goal of the season contender had it gone in.

Wales gave England a game in the second half. Nine minutes into the second period Bellamy set up Andy King who hit his shot wide of the post. Just after the hour mark Ramsey shot over from the edge of England’s area. The Welsh Dragon was starting to stir, how would the Lions respond?

The response came immediately with Lampard curling a free-kick directly into the hands of Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey. Young Jack Wilshere then blasted a shot over from 20 yards out.

Then it was Wales’s turn to attack with four corners in relatively quick succession, but nothing came of them.

England held onto their 2-0 lead as the clock ticked ever closer toward full-time. In the 90th minute Stewart Downing almost scored England’s third after an impressive solo run, but missed the target by a Nat’s hair length.

Bellamy shot wide two minutes into additional time, and then came the final whistle. England had won 2-0 and returned to the top of Group G, while Wales stay at the foot of the table still without a point.

The other match in Group G saw Bulgaria and Switzerland play out a goalless draw in Sofia.

Here is how Group G looks at the halfway stage.

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

England (6)

4

3

1

0

9

1

+8

10

2

Montenegro (25=)

4

3

1

0

3

0

+3

10

3

Switzerland (23)

4

1

1

2

5

5

0

4

4

Bulgaria (47)

4

1

1

2

1

5

-4

4

5

Wales (116)

4

0

0

4

1

8

-7

0

 Group winners and best runner-up all qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine automatically. The remaining group runners-up qualify for the Play-Off round. Brackets show current FIFA World Ranking.

The next matches in this group take place on 4 June. England play Switzerland at Wembley while Montenegro take on Bulgaria in Podgorica. England’s next international is tonight against 2010 World Cup Quarter-Finalists Ghana at Wembley.

Some other Euro 2012 Qualifying and International Friendly Results

Austria 0 – 2 Belgium

Armenia 0 – 0 Russia 😮

Georgia 1 – 0 Croatia 🙂

Germany 4 – 0 Kazakhstan

Hungary 0 – 4 Netherlands

Luxembourg 0 – 2 France 😦

Norway 1 – 1 Denmark

Republic of Ireland 2 – 1 Macedonia 😦

Serbia 2 – 1 Northern Ireland 😛 (crowd of only 200 or so Northern Irish because of Serbian fan violence in game against Italy).

Slovenia 0 – 1 Italy

Spain 2 – 1 Czech Republic (With his two goals for Spain, David Villa is now their all-time top goal scorer with 46).

Friendly Matches

Estonia 2 – 0 Uruguay 😮

Lithuania 2 – 0 Poland

Montenegro 1 – 0 Uzbekistan

North Korea 0 – 2 Iraq

Portugal 1 – 1 Chile

Scotland 0 – 2 Brazil (Played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium) 😛

U.S.A. 1 – 1 Argentina

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Denmark

1

vs.

2

England

Daniel AGGER 7’

 

Att = 21,523

Darren BENT 10’

Ashley YOUNG 68’

International Friendly

Ref = Jonas ERIKSSON (SWE)

Parken Stadion – COPENHAGEN

ENGLAND won their first match of 2011 by two goals to one at the expense of Denmark in Copenhagen last Wednesday (9 February).

The match saw Arsenal’s midfielder Jack Wilshere make his first England start, while Chelsea’s Frank Lampard led the team out as captain for the very first time in place of regular skipper (Rio Ferdinand) and vice-captain (Steven Gerrard) who were both injured. This was Lampard’s 84th England cap, just three behind his Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole who is now England’s most capped full-back.

In an eventful opening few minutes Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark) and Wayne Rooney (England) almost scored as a result of defensive errors. The first goal of the night followed not long afterwards. Christian Eriksen – the 18 year-old wonder kid of Danish football – provided a pin-point cross from a free kick onto the head of Liverpool defender Daniel Agger who gave England goalkeeper Joe Hart little chance of saving the header. It is strange seeing players from the club you support on the side you want to beat isn’t it?

But England hit back just three minutes later courtesy of Darren Bent being in the right place at the right time. Theo Walcott fended off the challenges from Simon Poulsen to fizz the ball across the six yard box and directly into the path of Bent who made no mistake with the finish. It then became apparent that Walcott had been cut just below his left eye by Poulsen. Replays showed the Dane was clawing at Walcott’s face, but fortunately a nasty injury was avoided. 

Bent (9) equalises for England. Walcott (background) has just realised he has been cut by S. Poulsen (red shirt centre).

Bent nearly scored a second for England ten minutes later.

With ten minutes of the half to go young Eriksen hit the post from around 20 yards out to keep England honest. Four minutes later England were thankful to Heart who saved a tight angle shot from Dennis Rommedahl with his feet. The last meaningful action of the first half was Lampard putting the ball in the back of the Danish net with a cheeky back flick. However the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.

The visitors came out the more aggressive side in the second half and Bent almost scored with a close range header but his effort was smothered by Denmark’s keeper Thomas Sørensen of Stoke City. Sørensen caught half-time substitute Ashley Young’s headed shot just a minute later to keep the score level.

Bent almost scored yet again on 56 minutes but his shot just skimmed the side netting. At this point I was beginning to wonder if these misses would come back to haunt England. My nerves jangled even more so when Hart made a low save from Rommedahl with just under 25 minutes to play.

But Ashley Young became the hero of the night when with just over 20 minutes to go, he latched onto a pass by Glen Jonson on the edge of the box and coolly slotted the ball past Sørensen at the near post to put England 2-1 up. This was Young’s first goal for England in his 12th match for the Three Lions.

The next 20 minutes passed by without much incident. Young had another shot on goal but it was blocked in the area. Denmark had the last attack of the match from a free-kick and the resulting corner but these came to no avail and England put to rest the ghost of their last trip to Denmark when we lost 1-4.

All in all this was a good game of football. England played well but I still get the impression that when it eventually comes to playing one of the higher ranked teams, we will still be lacking that vital edge.

England’s next match is a Euro 2012 qualifier away to Wales on 26 March. Then three days later England host Ghana in what will be the first ever match between the Three Lions and the Black Stars.

Some other friendly result from around the world

Spain 1 – 0 Colombia

Netherlands 3 – 1 Austria

Germany 1 – 1 Italy

France 1 – 0 Brazil – Brazil have not beaten France since 1981.

Argentina 2 – 1 Portugal (played in Switzerland)

Croatia 4 – 2 Czech Republic

Greece 1 – 0 Canada

Iran 1 – 0 Russia

Luxembourg 2 – 1 Slovakia 🙂

Malta GC 0 – 0 Switzerland 🙂

Poland 1 – 0 Norway

San Marino 0 – 1 Liechtenstein 😀

South Africa 2 – 0 Kenya

Turkey 0 – 0 South Korea

 

 

England

1

vs.

2

France

Peter CROUCH 86’

Att. = 85,495

Karim BENZEMA 16’

Mathieu VALBUENA 55’

International Friendly

Ref = Claus BO LARSEN (DEN)

Wembley Stadium

ENGLAND suffered a sickening defeat to rivals France on Wednesday (17 November). This is the national side’s first home loss under coach Fabio Capello.

The home team almost scored after just two minutes; Steven Gerrard had his free-kick comfortably saved by French keeper and captain Hugo Lloris.

France then utterly dominated the next period of the game. England keeper Ben Foster almost spilt Florent Malouda’s shot before Karim Benzema scored at the near post after a lovely passing move between himself and Malouda. But England did have some chances in the first-half but they were few and far between. Gerrard blasted a shot over and debutant Andy Carroll could only provide Lloris with some catching practice.

The first real action of the second-half came ten minutes in. Bacary Sagna crosses the ball into the box and Mathieu Valbuena seemed to appear out of thin air to guide the ball into the back of the net for 0-2 to the visitors.

Gerrard almost pulled a goal back for England just after the hour mark, but his header from a free-kick landed on top of the crossbar. Seven minutes later Carroll again saw his attempt on the French goal saved by Lloris. With just 15 minutes left on the clock a game of pinball broke out on the edge of the French penalty area, but alas England couldn’t make the ball go in the hole.

The clock now said 80 minutes and England were getting desperate. Gerrard shot wide after Lloris spilt the ball, and France almost capitalised on England going forward but Samir Nasri hit the post.

With only five minutes left Steven Gerrard injured his hamstring and had to be replaced by Peter Crouch. It later emerged that the FA had told Liverpool that Gerrard would only play 60 minutes. Stuff was written and stuff was said in the heat of the moment and I hate to disagree with the club I support, but he was playing for a different (and more important) team when he got injured.

Less than a minute later England finally scored thanks to the long legs of Peter Crouch. The 6 ft 7 in striker arrowed the ball into the roof of the French net from a corner for his 22nd international goal in only his 42nd appearance.

Why is Crouch never started? He is a proven international goal scorer, so why is he left on the bench?

England almost equalised in the 92nd minute through new boy Jay Bothroyd but again Lloris caught the shot and secured his nation the win. Capello’s team had finished the stronger side, but over the whole 90 minutes France where the worthy victors.

Now, I was rather ill on Wednesday night (and missed school on Thursday and Friday because of it) and watching this made me feel even worse. The only consolidation England fans had at the World Cup in the summer was that we weren’t France. They publicly fell out with each other and brought shame to their nation in such a way that a government enquiry was launched into what the hell went wrong.  They also had to live with the shame of France being ranked as low as 27th in the world (no disrespect to Denmark who are currently ranked 27th in the world).

But the management was changed and the troublesome players were banned. The side is on the up and doubtlessly France’s time will come again. But England are just the same old team, the same old management, the same old high hopes, and the same old disappointment.

Going into this game England were ranked 6th in the world by FIFA, France were 21st. On the evidence of what I saw on Wednesday night I wonder if FIFA got their sums the wrong way around.

Some other friendly internationals from Wednesday night

Argentina 1 – 0 Brazil

Hong Kong 0 – 7 Paraguay

Netherlands 1 – 0 Turkey

Northern Ireland 1 – 1 Morocco

Portugal 4 – 0 Spain

Republic of Ireland 1 – 2 Norway

Romania 1 – 1 Italy

South Africa 0 – 1 U.S.A.

Sweden 0 – 0 Germany

(Tuesday) Scotland 3 – 0 Faroe Islands

Euro 2012 Qualifiers

Croatia 3 – 0 Malta GC

Finland 8 – 0 San Marino

 

 

England

0

vs.

0

Montenegro

Att. = 73,451

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Ref = Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Wembley Stadium

ENGLAND could only manage a 0-0 home draw against Montenegro last night in their third Euro 2012 qualifying match.

The home-team dominated the first-half possession, but failed to do anything with it. The closest England came to scoring was when Peter Crouch only just failed to connect with a long pass from Steven Gerrard.

I could tell the game was dull because my Dad and I had started to talk about something else!

The second-half wasn’t much better. Out-of-sorts striker Wayne Rooney had a few chances, and England should have had at least one penalty. The Montenegrin keeper, Mladen Božović, produced some class saves to keep his country’s record of four clean sheets from their first four matches.

But the really scary moment came just seven minutes from the end. Milan Jovanović – who is the Montenegrin player who should have given away that penalty to England – smashed the crossbar from long range. England keeper Joe Heart was well beaten.

Not really much else to report, apart from the fact that England were rightly booed off at full-time and that they must do better in their next two games, which are friendly matches against France and Argentina.

The other match in England’s group saw Switzerland destroy hapless Wales 4-1 to earn their first points. Wales stay rooted to the bottom of the table with zero points.

Some other Euro 2012 Qualifying results

Azerbaijan 1 – 0 Turkey 😮

Kazakhstan 0 – 3 Germany

Belgium 4 – 4 Austria

Slovakia 1 – 1 Republic of Ireland

Faroe Islands 1 – 1 Northern Ireland 🙂

Italy A – A Serbia (See below)

France 2 – 0 Luxembourg 😦

Netherlands 4 – 1 Sweden

Scotland 2 – 3 Spain 🙂

The Italy vs. Serbia match had to be abandoned after just six minutes due to the trouble in the stadium being caused by the Serbian ‘fans’. Kick-off had already been delayed for 35 minutes because of crowd disturbances. Flares were thrown onto the pitch by the Serbian crowd and fireworks were launched at the Italian keeper.

Football has moved on, it’s time these thugs did as well.

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

Montenegro (40=)

4

3

1

0

3

0

+3

10

2

England (6)

3

2

1

0

7

1

+6

7

3

Switzerland (21)

3

1

0

2

5

5

0

3

4

Bulgaria (54)

3

1

0

2

1

5

-4

3

5

Wales (84)

3

0

0

3

1

6

-5

0

Group winners and best runner-up all qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine automatically. The remaining group runners-up qualify for the Play-Off round. Brackets show current FIFA World Ranking.

 

 

Switzerland

1

vs.

3

England

Xherdan SHAQIRI 71’

Attendance = 39,700

Wayne ROONEY 10’

Adam JOHNSON 69’

Darren BENT 88’

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Ref = Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

St. Jakob-Park (Basel)

ENGLAND continued their winning start to their Euro 2012 qualifying group with a 3-1 away win in a rainy Switzerland last night in what was on paper, our hardest game of the group. 🙂

Wayne Rooney scored 😉 his first England goal in a year with just ten minutes gone to put England 1-0 up. Glen Johnson crossed the ball from the near side as we looked at it, Theo Walcott and Jermain Defoe either dummied or missed the ball, leaving Rooney on his own in the six-yard box to tap it in.

The highs...

But England’s celebrations were cut short when it emerged that during the build up to the goal, Walcott had gone over on his right ankle and had to be stretchered off. He expects himself to be fit again in less than two weeks, so Arsenal fans don’t be too disappointed.

...and the lows.

England totally dominated the first half, and should have gone into half-time 3-0 up at least. Defoe could have easily scored four goals in the first 45 minutes, but he either: shot over, was too short to reach the ball, saw an effort saved or missed a header. Do you get the feeling that it just wasn’t his day?

Such was the away side’s dominance the roughly 4,000 travelling English fans gave you the impression that the game was in London rather than Basel. Chants like: “1-0 to the Ing-er-land” and “We’re on the p*** and we’re having a laugh” put a wide smile on my face.

What took said smile off of my face was the antics of the England keeper Joe Heart. On three separate occasions in the first half he almost got charged down by a Swiss forward because he was taking so long to clear the ball. I know the pitch was soaking wet with rain water but there is a limit. The heavy tackling displayed by the Swiss wasn’t pleasing on the eyes either.

The first 15 minutes of the second half were nothing special, but the game exploded into life on the hour mark.

From almost nowhere, Switzerland put the England goal under pressure for three solid minutes. Then two minutes later when England finally had the ball in the Swiss half, their number two, Stephan Lichtsteiner was given a second yellow card for a tackle on James Milner and the home team were down to 10-men.

Four minutes later, Adam Johnson scored his second England goal in two games to give England a 2-0 lead. But Switzerland hit back just when my Dad told me that a 10-man team could be dangerous. Xherdan Shaqiri smashed the ball home for his first international goal from 20+-yards, and there was nothing Joe Heart in the England goal could do about it. 1-2, game on.

Both sides pushed hard for the next decisive goal for the rest of the match. Fortunately, that goal was scored just two minutes from time by Darren Bent, and England finished the night with six points to their name in Group G.

In the other game in this group, Montenegro beat Bulgaria 1-0 in Sofia, proving that they mean business. England’s next match in this group is at home to Montenegro on 12 October.

Some other Euro 2012 Qualifying results

Germany 6 – 1 Azerbaijan

Russia 0 – 1 Slovakia

Republic of Ireland 3 – 1 Andorra

Italy 5 – 0 Faroe Islands

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0 – 2 France

Sweden 6 – 0 San Marino

Netherlands 2 – 1 Finland

Norway 1 – 0 Portugal 😮

Czech Republic 0 – 1 Lithuania 😮

Scotland 2 – 1 Liechtenstein (Just) 😦

PS: In an International Friendly in Buenos Aires, Argentina destroyed World and European Champions Spain 4-1. 😮

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

England

2

2

0

0

7

1

+6

6

2

Montenegro

2

2

0

0

2

0

+2

6

3

Wales

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

4

Switzerland

1

0

0

1

1

3

-2

0

5

Bulgaria

2

0

0

2

0

5

-5

0

Group winners and best runner-up all qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine automatically. The remaining group runners-up qualify for the Play-Off round.

 

 

England

4

vs.

0

Bulgaria

Jermain DEFOE 3’ 61’ 86’

Adam JOHNSON 83’

MotM = Jermain DEFOE (ENG)

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Wembley Stadium

JERMAIN DEFOE scored England’s first Hat-Trick in almost three years as England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in their opening Euro 2012 Group G qualifier at Wembley Stadium last night. 😀

Jermain Defoe (9) - Hat-Trick Hero

The Tottenham striker’s first goal came after just three minutes. Chelsea’s Ashley Cole crossed the ball (from the far side of the pitch as you look at it on the TV) to Defoe who smashed the ball into the back of the net.

But Bulgaria ever so slowly started to enjoy some time on the ball, but never really troubled England keeper Joe Heart. In fact from what I remember from a rather unexciting first half, Heart’s biggest problem came when Glen Johnson almost put the ball into his own net. Heart had to be alert and quick to pounce on the ball to prevent the eastern Europeans from pull level.

Wayne Rooney almost found the back of the net soon after the re-start with a 20-yrd chip that the Bulgarian keeper just managed to tip over the bar.

Around six or seven minutes later England defender Michael Dawson slipped on the grass during a challenge, and badly injured his right knee. He was stretchered off and will miss the away game to Switzerland on Tuesday.

But English spirits were lifted when Defoe scored his second goal just after the hour mark. Just 18 seconds earlier, Heart had to make a reflex save, and the ball flew off his gloves and the outfield players took the ball up the other end and managed to do what Bulgaria didn’t…score.

The game was finished as a contest when Adam Johnson scored his first England goal with seven minutes left. Defoe completed his Hat-Trick three minutes later, but couldn’t celebrate because he and one of the Bulgarian defenders collided (hurting Defoe’s shin) just as he kicked the ball.

So an impressive score line for England in their first competitive match since that 1-4 defeat to Germany in the World Cup. It wasn’t an exciting match by any stretch of the imagination, but a win is a win.

In the other match in England’s group, Montenegro beat Wales 1-0 🙂 in Podgorica, the capital of the country that became independent just four years ago. The fifth team in this group, Switzerland, who are England’s next opponents, drew 0-0 with Australia in a friendly.

Some Other Results from Euro 2012 Qualification

Armenia 0 – 1 Republic of Ireland

Belgium 0 – 1 Germany

Estonia 1 – 2 Italy

France 0 – 1 Belarus 🙂

Liechtenstein 0 – 4 Spain

Lithuania 0 – 0 Scotland

Portugal 4 – 4 Cyprus 😮

San Marino 0 – 5 Netherlands

Slovenia 0 – 1 Northern Ireland

Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

PTS

1

England

1

1

0

0

4

0

+4

3

2

Montenegro

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

3

Switzerland

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Wales

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

5

Bulgaria

1

0

0

1

0

4

-4

0

Group winners and best runner-up all qualify for the finals in Poland and Ukraine automatically. The remaining group runners-up qualify for the Play-Off round.

 

 

England

2

vs.

1

Hungary

Steven GERRARD 69’ 73’

MotM = Steven GERRARD (ENG)

Phil JAGIELKA 62og’

International Friendly

Ref = Stéphane LANNOY (FRA)

Wembley Stadium

ENGLAND was on the verge of yet another agonising defeat to Hungary at Wembley last night.

It was Hungary who were the first non-British team to beat England at Wembley (3-6 in 1953), and they also inflicted England’s biggest ever defeat (1-7 in Budapest, 1954). In fact the Magical Magyars were at one point the strongest international football team in history, with an Elo score of 2,166 points on 30 June 1954.

But the Hungary players of today are (with respect) nowhere near as good as their legendary compatriots were. So as you can imagine, England fans were expecting to see some of the wrongs righted from the 1950s and this summer’s awful World Cup campaign.

The first twenty minutes didn’t look bad at all. But after that I sat back in my chair (I was on the edge of it) and my smile turned into a concerned frown. Yes we were playing well, but we still had a big ‘0’ next to us. This was probably the reason why the team was booed off at half-time.

Things didn’t pick up at the start of the second half either, and just after the hour mark the unthinkable happened: Hungary scored. Well when I say Hungary scored, what I mean is the ball deflected of off Phil Jagielka and was cleared off the line, but the French linesman gave the goal.

IF FOOTBALL WALKED OUT OF THE DARK AGES AND JOINED: RUGBY, CRICKET AND TENNIS BY BRINGING IN VIDEO REPLAYS AND OR A REFERAL SYSTEM, THAT GOAL WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN GIVEN!

Wembley Stadium erupted with boos. It couldn’t happen again surly? A goal going against us like that as well as England not beating a team we should destroy, and losing to Hungary.

But Captain Steven Gerrard made sure that this wouldn’t be the case. With 69 minutes in the clock he smashed the ball into the back of the Hungarian net from 20-yards out to level the scores. Just four minutes later, Gerrard beat four Hungarian players in their penalty box and drilled the ball home to put England in the lead.

Steven Gerrard: England’s saviour.

Hungary could have made to 2-2 in the last few minutes, but England keeper Joe Hart bravely stood up to the ball to secure England’s victory.

All in all, I’ve seen England play better than this, and although we won let’s not get carried away just yet. There is much to improve on before the start of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Some scores from elsewhere

Angola 0 – 2 Uruguay

Austria 0 – 1 Switzerland

Denmark 2 – 2 Germany

Mexico 1 – 1 Spain

Montenegro 2 – 0 Northern Ireland

Norway 2 – 1 France

Republic of Ireland 0 – 1 Argentina

South Africa 1 – 0 Ghana

Sweden 3 – 0 Scotland

Ukraine 1 – 1 Netherlands

U.S.A. 0 – 2 Brazil

Wales 5 – 1 Luxembourg

 

 

Germany

4

vs.

1

England

Miroslav KLOSE 20’

Lukas PODOLSKI 32’

Thomas MÜLLER 67’ 70’

MotM = Thomas MÜLLER (GER)

Matt UPSON 37’

Last 16

Ref = Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)

Mangaung / Bloemfontein

GERMANY destroyed England to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. 😦

England’s defence was annihilated in the run up to all four of Germany’s goals as they inflicted our worst ever World Cup finals defeat. Klose’s goal was a route one as it comes. The German keeper booted the ball down field, every English player missed it can Klose put the ball in with one touch. England’s defence went AWOL 12 minutes later and despite a poor first touch Podolski made it 2-0 to Germany. 

England did pull one goal back to make it 1-2, and less than a minute later Frank Lampard smashed the ball against the cross bar. The ball bounced over the line and the score was 2-2. But the referee and linesmen didn’t give what was such a clear goal everybody in the crowd could see it. FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out any chance of technology being used in this World Cup earlier this year. He was at this game and hopefully saw that this was a missive mistake. ‘Dopey’ just doesn’t seem to realise that football is still in the dark ages, and that: Tennis, Rugby and Cricket all get along just fine with technology.

But that doesn’t distract from the England football team humiliating the country that made the sport what it is today.

After Frank Lampard hit a free kick into the German wall they went straight up the other end and Müller made it 3-1. His second and their forth came just three minutes later and England were finished.

So that’s it, it is official, England are now the top international underachievers in world football. The so called ‘Golden Generation’ has failed to win anything (We haven’t been in a semi-final since Euro ’96).

I could go on about what needs to be done, but people who have a far greater knowledge of the game than me will tell you as well, and in much more detail over the coming days and weeks.

What I will do however is give you a list of (clean) words and phrases that describes the England football team in my eyes.

Over-paid, over-rated, spoilt, have a lack of passion, live off of their names, would rather be playing for their clubs in the UEFA Champions League, are false idols to little kids who play football…the list goes on.

And by the way, did we actually take Wayne Rooney to the World Cup or not? If you ask me he should take that groundsmans job he had in that Nike advert.

Zakumi: “Oh well, easy come easy go.”

P92: “We should have made it to the last four at the very least.”

Zakumi: “Well if you had beaten Algeria you would have won the group and played Ghana.”

P92: “They would have beaten us as well.”

 

 

Argentina

3

vs.

1

Mexico

Carlos TÉVEZ 26’ 52’

Gonzalo HIGUAÍN 33’

MotM = Carlos TÉVEZ (ARG)

Javier HERNÁNDEZ 71’

Last 16

Ref = Roberto ROSETTI (ITA)

Johannesburg – JSC

ARGENTINA set up a quarter-final rematch with Germany after they sent Mexico home in yet more controversial circumstances.

With the score at 0-0 Mexico had the best of the chances. They hit the bar early on and seemed to have taken their ‘A’ game to the South Americans. But Carlos Tévez headed the 1978 and 1986 World Champions into the lead.

However, replays showed him to be about 2yds offside and the goal should never have stood. This was shown on the giant TVs in the stadium, and all: the players, the managers, officials, reporters, commentators and 84,000 fans saw that the decision to award the goal was wrong. The Mexicans went mad and took their eye of the ball.

Mexico’s Ricardo Osorio gave the ball away right on the edge of his own penalty area and into the path of Gonzalo Higuaín, who promptly made it 2-0.

As the players walked off for half-time the Mexican players surrounded the Argentina staff and a fight looked certain, but thankfully one never happened.

There was no doubt about Tévez’s second goal, which was an absolute beauty. He shot from outside the area and the ball hit the top left corner of the net.

But Mexico pulled a goal back with just under 20 minutes left and had a good go at making a game of it, but Argentina held on to win.

Zakumi: “Great game, but what a balls-up from the linesman…again!”

P92: “FIFA! FOOTBALL MUST HAVE SOME SORT OF GOAL MOUTH TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT THESE EMBARRASSING SCENARIOS HAPPENING AGAIN!”

Tomorrow’s games are:

  • Netherlands vs. Slovakia, BBC 1 15:00
  • Brazil vs. Chile, ITV 19:30
 

 

Uruguay

2

vs.

1

South Korea

Luis SUÁREZ 8’ 80’

MotM = Luis SUÁREZ (URU)

LEE Chung-Yong 68’

Last 16

Ref = Wolfgang STARK (GER)

Nelson Mandela Bay / Port Elizabeth

URUGUAY advance to their first World Cup quarter finals match since 1970 after they snatched victory away from South Korea.

The first five minutes saw South Korea hit the post with a free kick, as they tried to do as their Asian counterparts Japan did earlier against Denmark. But a poor defensive and goalkeeping display saw Uruguay take the lead through Luis Suárez after just eight minutes. South Korea never really looked like scoring in the first half.

In the second however the South Koreans were a totally different side. They pressed and pressed the Uruguay defence until they finally got their much deserved goal after another goalkeeping error through Lee Chung-Yong.

With extra time looking certain, Suárez decided that he didn’t want to spend any more time in the pouring than he had to. He bent the ball from the right-hand edge of the penalty area and into the net off the post. South Korea almost equalised in the last few minutes, but unfortunately for them lady luck was smiling on the previous double World Champions.

Zakumi: “The best team won, but South Korea asked Uruguay questions that they may not be able to answer against a bigger team.”

P92: “It’s just like old times seeing Uruguay in the last eight again.”

Zakumi: “Put the history book down. It’s now that matters.”

P92: “You can only appreciate what you have now if you know what happened in the past.”

 

 

U.S.A.

1

vs.(AET)

2

Ghana

Landon DONOVAN 62P’

MotM = André AYEW (GHA)

Kevin-Prince BOATENG 5’

Asamoah GYAN 93’

Last 16

Ref = Viktor KASSAI (HUN)

Rustenburg

GHANA stunned the United States with another early (and brilliant) goal at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium (England’s Steven Gerrard scored early against America in their opening game).

U.S.A. didn’t get into gear until the second half when it looked as if both sides had swapped talent and ability. Landon Donovan converted a spot kick just after the hour to pull America level. He put the ball so far to his right that it almost came back off the post.

After this, both sides seemed to except that extra-time was coming.

Ghana scored after only three minutes of extra-time leaving America permanently shell-shocked. As time wore on both Ghana and the U.S. seemed to be running on empty, and the Black Stars held on to become only the third African side to reach the last eight of a World Cup.

Zakumi: “They join the Cameroon 1990 team and the 2002 Senegal team.”

P92: “So, Africa still has a chance to produce a World Champion.”

Zakumi: “GO BLACK STARS!!”

P92: “What he means is ‘yes’ and that he thinks Ghana can still win. They will now play Uruguay.”

Today’s games are:

  • Germany vs. ENGLAND, BBC 1 15:00
  • Argentina vs. Mexico, BBC 1 19:30

HERE we have the matches for the Last 16 round of the 2010 World Cup

Uruguay

vs.

South Korea

U.S.A.

vs.

Ghana

Germany

vs.

ENGLAND

Argentina

vs.

Mexico

Netherlands

vs.

Slovakia

Brazil

vs.

Chile

Paraguay

vs.

Japan

Spain

vs.

Portugal

Spain vs. Portugal and Brazil vs. Chile are the big derby matches.

Argentina vs. Mexico is a grudge match from four years ago. Argentina won 2-1 AET.

Germany vs. England…well need I explain?

Zakumi: “Here we go. Knock-out football.”

P92: “Oh yes. And remember, from now on if you lose…you go out.”

Today’s games are:

  • Uruguay vs. South Korea, ITV 15:00
  • U.S.A. vs. Ghana, ITV 19:30