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September 2, 2006

Italy held to tie in Euro 2008 qualifying

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The News Review:

* France beats Georgia 3-0 in Euro 2008 qualifier
* RTÉ Sport: Scotland blast six past hapless Faroes
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England 5-0 Andorra
* Italy held to tie in Euro 2008 qualifying
* FULL-TIME: Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland
* Norway defeats Hungary 4-1 in Euro 2008 qualifier
* Finland beats Poland 3-1 in Euro 2008 qualifier
* / Today / Sport / Soccer
* Toshack disappointed by referee
* Podolski strike enough for Germany
* Independent Online Edition > This Britain

France beats Georgia 3-0 in Euro 2008 qualifier
International Herald Tribune – Sep 2, 2006
” France defender William Gallas said all players contributed to the victory. “We performed in every department,” Gallas said. “It was not an easy match. We have made a good start and taken the three points we needed. ” Georgia defender Malkhaz Asatiani scored an own-goal in the 46th, volleying Willy Sagnol’s pass over the head of goalkeeper Grigol Chanturia. “Unfortunately, our team did not play 100 percent today and our goalkeeper was the weakest unit,” Georgia coach Klaus Toppmoeller said. “After two goals in the first 20 minutes and a silly third one, there was little the team could do… We have made a good start and taken the three points we needed. ” Georgia defender Malkhaz Asatiani scored an own-goal in the 46th, volleying Willy Sagnol’s pass over the head of goalkeeper Grigol Chanturia. “Unfortunately, our team did not play 100 percent today and our goalkeeper was the weakest unit,” Georgia coach Klaus Toppmoeller said. “After two goals in the first 20 minutes and a silly third one, there was little the team could do. ” France, which lost the World Cup final to Italy in a penalty shootout, could have scored more. Captain Patrick Vieira had a goal ruled out before halftime for offsides. “We created chances away from home, which is a good sign,” Domenech said.

RTÉ Sport: Scotland blast six past hapless Faroes – Sep 2, 2006
The midfield promised goals with Manchester United’s Fletcher and Hearts` Paul Hartley behind. Everton stalwart David Weir captained the side on his 49th international appearance. The Scotland supporters did not have to wait long for the first goal. Miller cut past Pauli Hansen and pulled the ball into the centre for Fletcher to force the ball over the line from five yards. Goalkeeper Jakup Mikkelsen thought he had done enough to keep the ball from going over the line but referee Igor Egorov pointed to the centre and the Old Trafford man was mobbed by his jubilant team-mates. Suddenly the Faroes were staring another hammering in the face after McFadden doubled the lead in the 10th minute. Miller again showed his lack of Celtic goals had not affected his confidence with a clever spin away from his marker.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England 5-0 Andorra
BBC News – Sep 2, 2006
Peter Crouch put England in front after four minutes and Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard quickly added a second with a brilliant finish. Jermain Defoe was on target with crisp finishes either side of half-time as England dominated completely. Crouch headed home his second from substitute Aaron Lennon’s cross after 65 minutes to seal an easy win.

Italy held to tie in Euro 2008 qualifying – (subscription) – Sep 2, 2006
The French cruised to a 3-0 victory at Georgia while England outplayed Andorra 5-0, with Peter Crouch taking his scoring record to 10 goals in his last nine games. Spain brushed aside Liechtenstein 4-0 behind David Villa’s two goals. The games were among 19 qualifiers for Euro 2008, which takes place in Austria and Switzerland in two years. Two teams advance from each of the eight groups. England’s comfortable victory was another positive step for coach Steve McClaren, who took over from Sven-Goran Eriksson after the country’s disappointing World Cup performance. England beat Greece 4-0 in an exhibition game last month and now has nine goals in two shutouts. “You play Andorra and you do what you have to do, and the players did that,” McClaren said… But after Florent Malouda and Louis Saha had put his team ahead 1-0 in the first 16 minutes, Domenech had no need to worry. An own-goal by Malkhaz Asatiani in the 46th completed the victory. “We did not take this match lightly,” Domenech said. “The fact we played well in the first half shows how much we respected the team in front of us. ”
Also in Group B, Kris Boyd scored two goals to help Scotland to a 5-0 lead by the 38th minute on the way to a 6-0 victory over the Faeroe Islands. Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given was unlucky when Podolski’s shot following a free kick took a wild deflection off Robbie Keane and flew inside the opposite post for the only goal. The Czech Republic was struggling against Wales in Teplice until substitute David Lafata came on with 15 minutes to go and scored within a minute.

FULL-TIME: Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland
BBC News – Sep 2, 2006
2053: Wales bring on two strikers to try to get back into it, with David Cotterill and Robert Earnshaw introduced. 2051: Steven Reid goes close to scoring against the Germans, but his piledriver of a free-kick is parried away by Jens Lehmann. 2049: GOAL Czech Republic 1-0 Wales Heartbreak for the Welsh – they do not deserve to be one behind. Paul Jones punches away a Jan Koller header, but it does not go far enough and as the ball is played in, substitute David Lafata – from a distinctly offside position – stoops to nod in. 2048: Stunning stuff from Wales, what do they have to do to score? Ryan Giggs again wonderfully plays in Craig Bellamy down the left. He cuts inside, taking out one defender, and rifles in a screamer that thunders against Petr Cech’s right-hand post and away for a goal kick. 2046: The players are back out in Stuttgart – can Republic of Ireland hold the Germans and grab a crucial point to kick off their campaign?

2045: Wales are enjoying the majority of the play in Teplice, but in truth neither side looks much like breaking the deadlock… 1912: Anthem time in the Na Stinadlech Stadium and it is the Welsh supporters who make their voices heard the loudest with a rousing rendition. 1905: The teams are about to take to the field at the Na Stinadlech Stadium in Teplice. Wales’ Euro 2008 qualifying campaign will shortly move under way with a tough assignment against the Czech Republic. 1858: The fans are leaving Old Trafford happy enough after a successful afternoon for their side. But there are clearly much sterner challenges ahead for Steve McClaren’s England team. The next fixture for McClaren’s team is away at Macedonia on Wednesday. Daniel Warren, BBC Sport at Old Trafford

1851 FULL-TIME England 5-0 Andorra The final whistle sounds at Old Trafford – meaning England have begun their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a deserved if unsurprising victory.

Norway defeats Hungary 4-1 in Euro 2008 qualifier
International Herald Tribune – Sep 2, 2006
Norway’s second goal came in the 31st when Zsolt Low lost a pass from Kiraly inside the Hungarian penalty area to Fredrik Stromstad, who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper in another gift from the bumbling hosts. The visitors scored again 10 minutes later when Morten Gamst Pedersen took a long pass from the right corner by Anders Rambekk and beat Kiraly with a powerful shot from a difficult angle near the back line. Solskjaer scored his second goal in the 53rd when Kiraly was not able to contain the shot from 15 meters (yards), which went through his legs into the Hungarian goal. Hungary’s only goal was a penalty shot converted by Zoltan Gera in the 89th after a foul on Sandor Torghelle. Saturday’s lopsided defeat marked the debut in an official game by Hungary coach Peter Bozsik, who had led the team to a 2-1 record in three friendlies since taking over in April from Lothar Matthaeus, the former World Cup champion from Germany who coached Hungary for two years. ___ Hungary: Gabor Kiraly; Csaba Feher, Laszlo Eger, Roland Juhasz (Vilmos Vanczak, 65), Zsolt Low; Andras Horvath, Balazs Molnar (Zoltan Kiss, 61), Pal Dardai; Zoltan Gera, Thomas Sowunmi (Sandor Torghelle, 80), Szabolcs Huszti. Norway: Thomas Myhre; Anders Rambekk, Erik Hagen, Brede Hangeland, Marius Johnsen; Fredrik Stromstad (Daniel Braaten, 62), Martin Andresen, Kristofer Haestad (Tommy Svindal Larsen, 85), Morten Gamst Pedersen; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, John Carew (Steffen Iversen, 76).

Finland beats Poland 3-1 in Euro 2008 qualifier
International Herald Tribune – Sep 2, 2006
Dudek argued a Finland player was offsides on the goal, but acknowledged his own mistake on the play. “I take responsibility for that goal,” Dudek told Polish state television. “I don’t know if I can take responsibility for the whole match because this game absolutely did not work out for us. ” Litmanen then converted a penalty in the 76th after Poland defender Arkadiusz Glowacki pulled down substitute Alexei Eremenko in the box. Glowacki received a red card for the foul, leaving Poland to play the last 15 minutes with 10 men. Vayrynen extended the visitor’s lead to 3-0 in the 86th, slipping through the Polish offside trap to chip Dudek, before Poland substitute Lukasz Gargula volleyed past Finland goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from 25 meters (yards). Poland, playing its first competitive match under coach Leo Beenhakker, controlled the ball for much of the match but struggled to create solid scoring opportunities. / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Sep 2, 2006
“But whatever happens I want to show the new man I’m worth my place. I want to keep playing for England and get as many caps as possible. “If I’m involved in the Euro 2008 qualifiers I will go over the 100-caps mark which will be nice. I’m not counting it down but it is a goal I want to reach. But more importantly, I want to win a major trophy for my country. “I’m not sure I will ever get to Peter Shilton’s record of 125 but you never know. I would love to go on to the 2010 World Cup but I don’t think that will happen because I will be 35 by then.

Toshack disappointed by referee
BBC News – Sep 2, 2006
“The referee was right on top of it and I pointed it out to him and he just nodded his head,” Toshack added. “I was annoyed with that and the performance of the linesman near to the incident. ”

A Martin Jiranek own goal seemed to have rescued a point for Wales before Lafata struck his second goal in the final moments… “We missed a couple of very good chances, but I have some sympathy for Craig Bellamy who missed them both. “He had been in bed for 24 hours before the game with a temperature and only just managed to play the match. “Mark Delaney was also not too well, but he also managed to play. I do not want this to sound like clutching at straws, but I felt our spirit and effort deserved more. “But if you pull back to 1-1 away from home in the 86th-minute, by hook or by crook you’ve got to hang on or even go on and get a second one yourself. “They were bad goals for us to concede and they’re very despondent in the dressing room – a few of them are young lads and it’s very disappointing for them to lose in that manner. ”

One of those youngsters, Derby defender Lewin Nyatanga, was devastated after conceding the last-minute goal.

Podolski strike enough for Germany
CNN – Sep 2, 2006
Germany were given a series of nervous moments by Ireland in their Euro 2008 qualifying Group D opener but clinched victory with a large slice of luck. Miroslav Klose won a free kick on the edge of the box in the 57th minute, Bernd Schneider teed the ball up and Podolski’s low drive hit the unlucky Robbie Keane and sneaked inside Shay Given’s left-hand post. The goal was greeted with roars of relief around the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, the scene of Germany’s victory over Portugal in the third-place match at the World Cup, their last under former coach Juergen Klinsmann. "That was a hard piece of work," Germany captain Michael Ballack said. "But we played with great discipline… Germany, who took their place at the World Cup automatically as hosts, were swiftly reintroduced to the rigours of qualifying, with Ireland making their presence felt with a series of biting tackles. Ireland almost took the lead in the second minute when Steve Finnan crossed deep from the left and picked out Keane to head just wide and the home side, featuring a patched-up defence, had many more nervous moments. Germany gradually settled and looked unfortunate not to win a penalty in the 13th minute when Ballack flicked a quick ball through the middle for Podolski and Stephen Carr appeared to clear with his hand. The Germans then had an excellent spell that should have brought them at least one goal. It started in the 25th minute when Ballack broke forward and sent in a skidding shot that deflected wide. Three minutes later, Given had to palm away Klose’s header and within 60 seconds the keeper had to pull off an even better save from a thunderous Podolski shot from 25 meters out. Ireland had another good chance at the start of the second half when Jens Lehmann fumbled a Steven Reid free kick but Germany were soon back in control.

Independent Online Edition > This Britain
Independent – Sep 2, 2006
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