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February 18, 2007

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* NORTHERN IRELAND v SPAIN MIN-BY-MIN
* BELGIANS CUT SORRY FIGURES IN DEFEAT
* RUSSIANS CLIMB ABOVE ENGLAND
* Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
* KAHN LIKES GERMANY UNDER LOW
* HANKE TO MISS EURO QUALIFIERS
* Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
* McCLAREN TO HOLD CRISIS TALKS
* CANNAVARO FOCUSING ON LITHUANIA : Sporting Life – Football | Italy…
* DOWNING ‘CAN BE NEW GIGGS’
* STAUNTON TRIBUTE TO STRIKE PAIR
* NOLAN LOOKING FOR ENGLAND JOB
* Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
* Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
* SANCHEZ FULL OF RESPECT FOR WALES
* NO GOING BACK FOR TOSHACK
* STAUNTON DEMANDS ‘CLINICAL’ APPROACH
* JOL REVEALS LENNON INJURY
* WE HAD CASH FOR HARGREAVES – FERGIE

NORTHERN IRELAND v SPAIN MIN-BY-MIN
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48 mins: Duff is on the charge down the right but his first time ball towards the box is hacked away. 47 mins: Fabregas lines up a shot from distance but it’s way off the mark and Taylor watches it go wide. 46 mins: Northern Ireland get this Euro 2008 qualifying clash re-started aiming to build on an excellent first-half performance. Having been awarded the accolade of the best supporters in the world during the break, the home crowd are again cranking up the volume. Meanwhile Spain make a change with Michel Salgado coming on for the terrible Ramos. HALF-TIME: Northern Ireland 1 Spain 1 45+5 mins: The half-time whistle sounds and Northern Ireland head into the break on level terms with Spain and they can certainly be proud of their efforts.

BELGIANS CUT SORRY FIGURES IN DEFEAT
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“Our passing was sloppy in the first half and we went too deep too soon. In the second half we gave everything we had but it’s not easy to play neat football here. “Do we still have a chance on playing at Euro 2008? It’s never over, but it will be difficult. I am suspended for the match against Portugal. Well, I can’t let my feet do the job then, can I. Fellow midfielder Bart Goor, though, was not prepared the throw in the towel just yet.

RUSSIANS CLIMB ABOVE ENGLAND
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First half goals from Vladimir Bystrov and Andrei Arshavin sealed the victory as Russia climbed above England in the table. The visitors carved out the first chance of the game after 10 minutes when Arshavin squared the ball to Yegor Titov, only for the Russian captain to delay his shot allowing Macedonia defender Goce Sedloski to block. But the visitors made no mistake eight minutes later as Spartak Moscow midfielder Bystrov fired Russia ahead following a cross by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
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usBy Lisa Gray, PA SportScotland’s preparations ahead of their Euro 2008 qualifiers suffered a blow when they lost 3-1 to Switzerland at Hampden Park. The Scots have failed to register a home win in a friendly for 10 years and that wait continued as Tranquillo Barnetta, Daniel Gygax and Ricardo Cabanas all grabbed a goal apiece. The only highlight of the evening for the 20,952 crowd who had braved the cold weather was Kenny Miller netting his seventh goal for Scotland. Switzerland face a tough group, which also included France, Togo and South Korea at the World Cup this summer and they viewed this match as crucial preparation before heading for Germany.

KAHN LIKES GERMANY UNDER LOW
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The former Germany number one, who retired after the World Cup, is impressed by the way Low has settled into the job after replacing Jurgen Klinsmann in the summer. The seamless transition means Germany, who finished third behind Italy and France at the World Cup, will have a realistic chance in Austria and Switzerland in 2008, according to the 37-year-old. “I think Low is heading down the right path with the troops,” Kahn told the Munich Abendzeitung newspaper.

HANKE TO MISS EURO QUALIFIERS
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usGermany striker Mike Hanke has been forced to pull out of the squad for their upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers because of illness. The Wolfsburg player is suffering from tonsillitis and did not travel with the team to their training base in Stuttgart on Tuesday, although coach Joachim Low confirmed he has no plans to call up a replacement. “We have enough strikers,” said Low, who is preparing for his first competitive match since taking over from Jurgen Klinsmann. Germany host the Republic of Ireland at Stuttgart’s Gottlieb Daimler stadium on Saturday – the same venue where they defeated Portugal to finish third in this summer’s World Cup.

Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
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“It was a safe trip. There are difficulties in terms of different cultures and the way they go about staging football matches, but those were overcome by our magnificent support. Scotland’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy is likely to go ahead, as scheduled, in Bari. The match is scheduled for March 28, allowing the Italians comfortable time in which to upgrade the San Nicola stadium. Melandri last week expressed confidence that the match would go ahead without any hitches, promising Scotland supporters they will be welcome. Local authorities have pledged to carry out modifications to the 58,000-capacity stadium which was built for the 1990 World Cup.

McCLAREN TO HOLD CRISIS TALKS
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The Daily Mail claims that McClaren will consult captain John Terry as well as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney before the vital Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel next month. McClaren has had the worst start of any England manager, with the insipid friendly defeat to Spain coming on the back of a goalless draw against Macedonia and defeat in Croatia. This report suggests that some of the players ‘privately questioned’ McClaren’s tactics in the Spain game, which saw Kieron Dyer playing behind Peter Crouch and Lampard playing nominally on the left.

CANNAVARO FOCUSING ON LITHUANIA : Sporting Life – Football | Italy…
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Italy kick off their qualifying campaign in Naples against the Lithuanians before facing the side they defeated on penalties in the World Cup final in Berlin last month. “We all want to start this new adventure well,” he said. “We need to start by beating Lithuania and then we can move on to Paris.

DOWNING ‘CAN BE NEW GIGGS’
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Boro team-mate Andrew Davies came through Boro’s academy system alongside Downing and has seen the 22-year-old blossom. Downing may lose his place in Steve McClaren’s England team for Saturday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against FYR Macedonia, with his performances in the absence of the injured Joe Cole leading some to question his contribution. However, 21-year-old Davies is confident Downing can prove his detractors wrong and become as complete a player as Wales and Manchester United superstar Giggs. He said: “It is very unfair. Somebody gave him some of the stats for the games he has played for England and they showed over the last few games, his pass rate was in the nineties (90+%) and his crossing was good.

STAUNTON TRIBUTE TO STRIKE PAIR
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usRepublic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton hailed the performances of strikers Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle following his side’s comfortable 5-0 victory over San Marino. Ireland did all that was required of them in their Euro 2008 qualifier against a team rated as the worst in Europe, ultimately taking the first Group D win of their campaign. Andy Reid set the ball rolling with a deflected 20-yard free-kick in the seventh minute before Reading striker Doyle grabbed his first international goal on his fifth appearance. Doyle headed home Kevin Kilbane’s 24th-minute left-wing cross, with Keane on the scoresheet seven minutes later. Wigan midfielder Kilbane was again the supplier from the left, allowing Tottenham striker Keane to chest the ball down before sliding it home past goalkeeper Federico Valentini.

NOLAN LOOKING FOR ENGLAND JOB
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The Bolton captain was “frustrated” at not making the squad for the friendly against Spain in midweek. England were widely criticised after losing 1-0 in a warm-up for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra. After a string of good performances in midfield for Bolton, Nolan, 24, believes he has something to offer. Nolan said: “I am started to get a bit frustrated now at being overlooked time and time again, but I have to keep going and keep doing the business for Bolton. “As long as I keep doing that then perhaps I might get a call.

Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
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Pilloried in the wake of last month’s defeat by Croatia and under siege at his pre-match media briefing, McClaren seemed certain to be celebrating England’s first win in the Dutch capital since 1969 after Wayne Rooney had put the visitors in front before the interval. But, just as it appeared England had seen off the last of a sporadic attacking threat from Marco van Basten’s men, they suffered a major defensive breakdown, allowing Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to flick Arjen Robben’s long throw to the far post where Van der Vaart drilled home. It was tough luck on McClaren, whose side played with far more conviction than they had done in Zagreb, showing no sign of being affected by the pressure being heaped on them to produce a performance even though they found out before kick-off results elsewhere mean they will enter the New Year outside the automatic qualifying spots for Euro 2008. Although McClaren has steadfastly refused to go public with the reasons he insisted had been found for the shambolic performance against the Croats, there was clear evidence of the improvement England’s beleaguered coach had promised, and a number of individual reasons to cheer as well. In opting to dispense with the orthodox right-sided wide player as he abandoned the disastrous 3-5-2 in favour of 4-3-3, McClaren showed plenty of faith in rookie full-back Micah Richards. At 18 years and 144 days, the Manchester City man eclipsed Rio Ferdinand as the youngest defender to play for his country and became the seventh youngest England international of all time.

Sporting Life – Football | FA Cup Fifth Round Live, Man Utd v…
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Healy made the breakthrough to give the team the spark they needed and 18-year-old substitute Kyle Lafferty added a second. Finland were stung and pulled a goal back but Northern Ireland held out. It was just the boost manager Lawrie Sanchez was looking for ahead of the opening Euro 2008 qualifier against Iceland next month. Northern Ireland almost took the lead in their first attack after 14 minutes. James Quinn chested the ball down to Healy and he whipped in a shot which was deflected wide of the post. Then Healy missed his kick from close range two minutes later after good work from Keith Gillespie and Stuart Elliott.

SANCHEZ FULL OF RESPECT FOR WALES
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usBy Ken Gaunt, PA SportNorthern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez believes Wales deserve great respect even though his side are now above them in the FIFA world rankings. The two home nations face each other in a friendly tomorrow at Windsor Park with bragging rights and pointers towards forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers at stake. Northern Ireland are up to 47th in the world after defeating Latvia last time out in October. However they are still smarting from Wales taking four points off them in the recent World Cup qualifiers. Northern Ireland had to settle for a draw in Cardiff and were then beaten in Belfast thanks to an inspirational display by Ryan Giggs.

NO GOING BACK FOR TOSHACK
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usBy Paul Walker, PA SportJohn Toshack has dismissed suggestions he should look to the Wales old guard to bolster his young squad. And the national team manager has suggested some of the senior players from former boss Mark Hughes’ squad now believe they “retired too soon”. A roller coaster five days has seen Toshack’s side lurch from a 5-1 mauling at the hands of Slovakia to Wednesday night’s hugely-improved performance which brought a 3-1 win over Cyprus to boost to Wales’ Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. The Slovakia defeat brought calls for the recall of players like former captain Gary Speed and even the long since discarded Robbie Savage. But the comfortable win over Cyprus gave Toshack the platform to end such speculation for good. “This is a squad we are trying to put together.

STAUNTON DEMANDS ‘CLINICAL’ APPROACH
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usBy Ian Parkes, PA Sport, RiminiRepublic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has urged his players to be “clinical” when they face San Marino on Wednesday. Ireland hammered the minnows 5-0 when the teams last met in a Euro 2008 qualifier at Lansdowne Road in November to get their campaign up and running following a poor start. The return at the compact Serravalle Stadium should not prove too problematic for Staunton’s Republic, but nothing can be taken for granted despite San Marino’s wretched footballing record. Nothing less than victory, however, will suffice if Ireland are to have any hope of reaching next summer’s finals. John O’Shea concedes Staunton has already made his point known to his squad, stating: “We’ve been told to make sure we’re clinical.

JOL REVEALS LENNON INJURY
Sportinglife.com – Feb 17, 2007
The 19-year-old winger, a second-half substitute in the Euro 2008 qualifying win over Macedonia in Skopje on Wednesday, was expected to be in the Tottenham side to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Instead, Lennon missed the 1-0 defeat, with Tottenham boss Martin Jol confirming he is awaiting the results of tests on the knee. With important UEFA Cup and Barclays Premiership assignments to come over the next month, Jol will be desperate to have one of his key men fit, as will England boss Steve McClaren as Lennon would be an automatic choice in the squad for next month’s double-header with Macedonia and Croatia. “Aaron was injured in training,” said Jol, who appeared particularly downbeat.

WE HAD CASH FOR HARGREAVES – FERGIE
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He will definitely start tomorrow. “He owes a lot to Tottenham but, like any player coming up against his old club for the first time, I am sure he will be glad to get it out of the way. “Skipper Gary Neville should return after recovering from the calf problem which kept him out of England’s Euro 2008 double-header. However, Gabriel Heinze is still two weeks away from full fitness after finally getting maximum strength back in his legs following an exhaustive World Cup campaign with Argentina. Alan Smith will not be considered for the Spurs clash either despite the former Leeds man insisting he would play if called upon after coming through his third reserve-team outing following the horrific injury he suffered in last season’s FA Cup defeat to Liverpool. “Alan has so much enthusiasm he would play with a broken leg if you asked him to,” said Ferguson.

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