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* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Macedonia v England Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Serbia & Montenegro v Wales Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Iceland v Germany Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Liechtenstein v Turkey Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – France v Cyprus Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Bosnia-Herzegovina v Norway Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Slovenia v Israel Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Latvia v Poland Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Andorra v Croatia Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Netherlands v Austria Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Italy v Wales Report
* ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Bulgaria v Estonia Report

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Macedonia v England Report
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However, even though Rooney hardly had a kick of the ball in that frustratingfirst half, it was still Frank Lampard who was taken off by Eriksson athalf-time as he brought on Emile Heskey in a bold attacking move. Eight minutes later, that move paid off spectacularly as Rooney became theyoungest England player to score an international goal at 17 years and 317 days,beating Michael Owen’s mark by six months. And it was not much longer before the second calculated gamble came uptrumps. David Beckham’s fitness may have been in question before the game but Erikssonstill trusted his captain’s promise of full fitness. That show of faith was fully justified as Beckham not only delivered the crossfrom which Rooney scored – via Heskey’s knock-down – but also the free-kick fromwhich John Terry then won England a penalty. Beckham converted the spot-kick and so England were left needing victory athome to Liechtenstein next week to mean that a point would suffice in the finalgame in Turkey to qualify automatically. The only blot on the horizon was the appearance of several hundred Englandfans without official tickets, with the England team applauding them at the endof the game… And it was not much longer before the second calculated gamble came uptrumps. David Beckham’s fitness may have been in question before the game but Erikssonstill trusted his captain’s promise of full fitness. That show of faith was fully justified as Beckham not only delivered the crossfrom which Rooney scored – via Heskey’s knock-down – but also the free-kick fromwhich John Terry then won England a penalty. Beckham converted the spot-kick and so England were left needing victory athome to Liechtenstein next week to mean that a point would suffice in the finalgame in Turkey to qualify automatically. The only blot on the horizon was the appearance of several hundred Englandfans without official tickets, with the England team applauding them at the endof the game. Then again, given that all the potential ingredients for an upset were there,this was an effective display by England, at least in the second half. Amid a hostile atmosphere and playing on a hard, extremely uneven surface,England were not allowed a moment to settle early on, with Macedonia’s firstbooking coming after just 80 seconds.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Serbia & Montenegro v Wales Report
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After a bitter tug of war between Hughes and Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson, the striker is expected to start in the San Siro. But Hughes regrets the situation ever arose in such a vital week for Welsh football. He said: “It is something that I would have preferred not to have gone through this week. “It has been a distraction and it is a lot easier to prepare for football matches without any distractions. We wish this would not have happened but we have sorted it out. “I have spoken to Sir Bobby Robson and told him what the update is on Bellamy. He wanted to know what the situation was… He said: “It is something that I would have preferred not to have gone through this week. “It has been a distraction and it is a lot easier to prepare for football matches without any distractions. We wish this would not have happened but we have sorted it out. “I have spoken to Sir Bobby Robson and told him what the update is on Bellamy. He wanted to know what the situation was. “Craig has been training and he is fit and well. I am comfortable with my actions this week and I have every confidence in our medical staff.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Iceland v Germany Report
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Iceland, cheered on loudly by 7,000 spectators who filledthe national stadium to capacity, created more goal chances,while Germany had plenty of possession but made few scoringopportunities. Iceland goalkeeper Arni Arason denied Michael Ballack in the20th minute, making a good save from the German playmaker’sheader. Germany substitute Kevin Kuranyi, who came on for strikerOliver Neuville at halftime, shot over the Iceland goal in the64th minute but Arason did not have to make a single genuinesave in the second half. ‘We played badly, not the way I wanted. I am very annoyed byhow we played in the second half,’ said German coach RudiVoeller. ‘But we didn’t lose. We were fortunate to come away with adraw.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Liechtenstein v Turkey Report
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‘I was satisfied with my team. Losing only three goals was agood result for us against this team. We just could not copewith them. It was impossible to stop them when they had theball. ‘Turkey’s win consolidated their position ahead of England atthe head of group seven. Turkey are two points clear of England,who have a game in hand, against Liechtenstein, with 18 pointsto 16. The top two nations meet in Istanbul on October 11… Sas, running at defenders,set up Hakan Sukur’s chance, with a deft run and pass, but thestriker’s shot rebounded back into play. The return of Sas and likely recall of midfielder EmreBelozoglu, alongside his impressive Internazionale team mateOkan Buruk, will strengthen Turkey for the England game. But Turkey coach Senol Gunes would not be drawn into anydialogue about the England clash. ‘I think it will be a very nice day,’ he said. ‘We will hostthe English and the match and then they will go home again. Wewill have to see what happens. ‘EFFICIENT JOBHe said he believed his side, who reached last year’s WorldCup semi-finals, had done an efficient job.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – France v Cyprus Report
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France lead Group One with a maximum of 18 points and onlyneed a draw next week in Slovenia, 3-1 winners over Israel onSaturday. Slovenia are second in the table trailing the leadersby five points with two matches to play. ‘We know that we now only need a draw from our next twogames but we are aware it’s not going to be easy,’ French coachJacques Santini said. ‘We had set ourselves the aim of winning tonight and it’swhat we did. It puts us in a good position but nothing is doneyet. ‘We also wanted to carry on a winning string after our goodouting (a 2-0 victory) in Switzerland last month. In thisrespect I’m satisfied with my players’ performance tonight.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Bosnia-Herzegovina v Norway Report
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Bosnia remained fourth in the Group Two standings on ninepoints, behind Norway on 11 and joint leaders Romania andDenmark on 13. They face pointless Luxembourg away on Wednesdayand Denmark, whom they upset 2-0 in Copenhagen, at home inOctober. ‘This is what this job is all about, not giving up, and Ipromise we will give our best to win the remaining two matches,’Bosnian coach Blaz Sliskovic said. Bosnia were the more agile side in a lively match in frontof the 22,000 roaring home fans. They started strongly and created several chances in theopening quarter of an hour, most notably when HasanSalihamidzic’s header from five metres was miraculously saved byJohnsen. The experienced Norwegians, however, weathered the pressureand looked increasingly dangerous on the counter-attack throughstrikers John Carew and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Solskjaer came close to scoring in the 50th minute butBosnia goalkeeper Kenan Hasagic reacted quickly to clear a longball from just outside his area.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Slovenia v Israel Report
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I am sure thatWednesday’s match will be a nice show. ‘Israel coach Abraham Grant was left to rue his side’sperformance. ‘The key was that Slovenia had too many free kicks so theywere a constant danger,’ Grant told reporters. ‘As far as we’re concerned, we were not able to create enough chances to win the game.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Latvia v Poland Report
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But Poland tightened their grip in the second half, givingLatvia little space, and the visitors’ frutstration spilled overon the hour when Jurijs Laizans lost his cool and was sent off. Sweden lead the group with 14 points after thrashing SanMarino 5-0 earlier on Saturday. Hungary, who did not play, have11 points, while Poland and Latvia both have 10 points each. SanMarino are bottom of the group with no points so far.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Andorra v Croatia Report
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Croatia dominated completely but lost some momentum whenKovac was forced off through injury late in the first half. They continued to pin their opponents back in their own areaafter the break and Maccabi Haifa midfielder Giovanni Rossoscored a third when he headed home from six metres following acorner midway through the half. If it had not been for some fine saves from Koldo in theAndorran goal Croatia would have scored several more, but theywill have been content with an easy win ahead of next week’sall-important qualifier in Belgium. Andorra, who have yet to earn a point from any of theirthree qualification campaigns to date, play Bulgaria in theirfinal game on Wednesday.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Netherlands v Austria Report
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‘I brought on Overmars to apply more pressure and VanHooijdonk as an extra target man, just to play a moreopportunistic role,’ said Advocaat. ‘Early in the second half we did well, but we missed thesharpness to finish the match off completely,’ added Advocaat. ‘But this is not the way we will play against the CzechRepublic. Four forwards and Van der Vaart, who played a finematch, as an extra midfielder would be too risky. ‘The system for Wednesday will be the same as the one westarted with today though the names probably will be different.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Italy v Wales Report
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6, 2003, 12:00 PM UKItaly 4-0 Wales: Inzaghi hat-trickPAWales were out-classed by a superb Italian side who avenged their defeat in Cardiff with a 4-0 victory at the San Siro stadium. A hat-trick by AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi and a penalty from Juventusstriker Alessandro Del Piero in the second half gave Italy a deserved win asGiovanni Trapattoni’s team overtook Wales to move into first place in GroupNine. Italy have not lost since that encounter at the Millennium Stadium. More worrying for Wales manager Mark Hughes was that he will have to dowithout Birmingham midfielder Robbie Savage, Newcastle United striker CraigBellamy and Aston Villa defender Mark Delaney for Wednesday’s crucial matchagainst Finland after they all picked up their second championship yellow cardstonight. Wales got off to a nervous start with the expectant home crowd with Savagehaving to clear away a dangerous corner by Del Piero in the opening minutes. But it was the visitors who had the first chance of the game in the sixthminute when a bad pass from defender Christian Panucci required goalkeeperGianluigi Buffon to save as Ryan Giggs tried to hook the ball round him. The Manchester United winger claimed a penalty in the 11th minute when hetried to get away from Panucci, who appeared to handle the ball inside the areabut German referee Markus Merk failed to see it.

ESPNsoccernet – Euro 2008 – Bulgaria v Estonia Report
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The technically superior Bulgarians stormed the Estonia goalfrom the start in search of an early goal but struggled to findtheir way past a massed defence. Wolfsburg’s Petrov broke the deadlock when he fired home alow left-foot drive from inside the penalty area in the 16thminute. The host side then lost concentration and were lucky not toconcede an equaliser when they gave the Estonians two goodfirst-half chances. Berbatov of Bayer Leverkusen added the second goal 22minutes after the break when he picked up a perfect cross fromKaiserslautern’s Marian Hristov to score with a strongright-foot drive from close range. ‘It was a very hard game and I am very satisfied with theconvincing victory,’ Bulgarian coach Plamen Markov told localtelevision.

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