Monday, September 27, 2010
An elbow injury prevented Arsene Wenger to have the Spanish goalkeeper, who conceded two goals in less than three minutes into the final day of the Premiership with newly promoted West Bromwich Albion (2-3), after stopping a penalty caused by himself.
Wenger will also be without the other injured. Captain Cesc Fabregas, who will be two or three weeks away from the pitch after being injured against Sunderland the previous day, Dutchman Robin van Persie and England international Theo Walcott.
The latest technical decisions demonstrate their intention to rotate their staff every week and you may want to keep this appointment the young Jack Wilshere, 18 years after his great performance against Tottenham in the League Cup (Carling Cup "), but on Saturday was not released until the second half.
Arsenal, in conjunction with its rival, will face the second day of group I hurt after being defeated for the first time in 27 years by the West Bromwich Albion, a club just up the season at the English Premier League.
Partizan, which debuted in the Champions League with a 1-0 win in the field of Shakhtar Donetsk, also lost their first points to tie (0-0) against Spartak Subotica last weekend as coach Aleksandar Stanojevic, has encouraged his men to fight with the backing of their fans.
Stanojevic, confident that tomorrow there will be 30,000 spectators in the stands, he would be satisfied if his team scores a point in a game against the one who feels responsible, but "no fear."
"I am grateful to my players because they gave me the opportunity to shake hands with Arsene Wenger at our stadium. But we can not afford to do nothing at home. My worst nightmare would not pass midfield," he said.
The coach of the Serbs, 36, has been charged to remember that "Wenger is not prepared for the match rather than" him and that Arsenal has its weak points. "The defense is not his worst, but there are things we could take," he said.
Stanojevic, who in April took the reins of Partizan and became the youngest coach, is confident the striker hit Kleo, a Brazilian 25 years with British nationality since last week and spoken of as "the best signing history "of the club, which was ceded in 2008.
PARTIZAN: Stojkovic, Stevanovic, Jovanovic, Krstajic, Lazevski, Medo, Smiljanic, Tomic, Ilic, Ilijev, Kleo.
ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Nasri, Eboue, Chamakh, Arshavin.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany).
STADIUM: Stadion FK Partizan
Ibrahimovic has followed the path of other Ajax players who ended up playing in Milan, where they increased their greatness: Marco Van Basten and Frank Rijkaard, mostly, or Clarence Seedorf, even in the team, and Michael Reiziger, among others.
Now Ajax is less potent than that to supply players to the continent's strongest teams. Its current pearl is Luis Suarez, who played for the first time penalty against Real Madrid and his team was defeated (2-0).
The Uruguayan striker will return to the front axle to revitalize his team and keep in contention, at least for the group second place.
In Milan, coach Massimiliano Allegri has known for days that can not be with the midfielder Massimo Ambrosini and Brazilian striker Alexander Pato, both injured in a win at Auxerre (2-0), the first day of Europe.
But Robinho has recovered, the latest addition to the team and that was physically out of tune. Everything indicates he will start, with Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho.
Behind them, keeping them back, will be Boateng, Pirlo and Seedorf. The aim is add speed and depth to the defense. It is known that if Milan wins three points, it will be an essential step to cope with its next dual commitment with Real Madrid.
Ajax: Stekelenburg, Van der Wiel, Alderweireld, Ooijer, Anita, De Jong, Enoh, De Zeeuw, Emanuelson, Sulejmani, Luis Suarez.
MILAN: Abbiati, Zambrotta, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini, Boateng, Pirlo, Seedorf, Robinho, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho.
Referee: Felix Brych (GER).
STADIUM: Amsterdam Arena....
Manchester United said on its website that the striker will not be the issue that confronts the Spanish league leaders with a sprained ankle.
Rooney was substituted in the second half of Sunday's draw at Bolton to go back to suffer an injury that has already been numerous problems in recent months and that was one of the reasons for its poor performance in World Cup .
United, who drew at home (0-0) with Glasgow Rangers in the opening round of group C, travels to Valencia on Tuesday.
Seventeen African stars have been named in a provisional list which will be cut down to the final three before the winner is announced early 2011.
Some of the names on list include Frederic Kanoute (Mali), Didier Drogba (Cote D'voire), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Mohammed Zidan (Egypt), Steven Pienaar (South Africa) among others
Friday, September 24, 2010
The former Blackburn Rovers marksman, McCarthy has certainly seen better days, not only is he battling overweight issues, the West Ham lad has been struggling to find the net.
The forward last tasted good form in 2009 when he scored eight goals in ten appearances.
McCarthy who missed out on World Cup action for his native South Africa thanks to weight and discipline problems, feels he can bounce back if given the chance.
He was on the bench last Saturday against Stoke City (1-1), and is yearning for some action.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Fulham
Everton 0-1 Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Bromwich 3-1 Birmingham City
Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal
Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool
Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester City
Every single member of the United side had need to thank Berbatov at the end after they had tossed away a two-goal advantage against Merseyside opposition for the second weekend running, only for the former Tottenham Hotspur man to net the winner six minutes from time.
In some very perceptive programme notes, Ferguson suggested to lose a winning position once was bad luck, twice is downright careless.
Now Liverpool can be added to Fulham and Everton as teams United have thrown winning positions away against this season.
They were only spared the sight of Ferguson's fury stripping paint off the home dressing room because of Berbatov as his header denied Liverpool, who had levelled through Steven Gerrard's double.
The other part of Ferguson's pre-match missive was the declaration that "you must have faith and we are being rewarded this season for our confidence in a player who has a touch of genius about him".
Genius was an apt word to describe Berbatov's contribution, in particular the astonishing overhead kick that had put United two ahead midway through the second-half of a slow burner of a match that eventually turned into a classic.
The atmosphere was crackling at kick-off, although the early action failed to match it.
United did create one excellent opportunity, which Nani wasted when he fired wide after Wayne Rooney's shot had bounced kindly for him after striking Gerrard.
But the match was low on incident until Berbatov broke the deadlock by nodding home Ryan Giggs' corner at the near-post.
If defensive questions needed to be asked about that, there was nothing more to do than simply admire Berbatov's brilliance when he doubled his side's lead just before the hour.
It was almost impossible to believe it took just two touches to get Nani's right-wing cross into the net.
But it was precisely that. The first to control with his knee. The second to dispatch an overhead kick which left Pepe Reina rooted to the spot as it bounced in off the crossbar.
In any normal season, the contest would have been over.
However, there is a fallibility about United just now and Jonny Evans lunged in on Fernando Torres as the striker checked back inside the box.
On the second occasion, John O'Shea could count himself mightily relieved Webb did not reach for the red card once he decided the Irishman had dragged Torres to the ground just outside the box.
With both situations though, Gerrard found the corner of United's goal with precision, racing gleefully to the ecstatic visiting fans the second time around to hail a position he could not have expected his team would be in 10 minutes previously.
It looked like United had blown it. Berbatov had other ideas and rose to meet O'Shea cross to give his side victory.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Chelsea sit atop the table with 12 points and have looked completely dominant so far. Arsenal trail Chelsea by two points. Manchester United trail by four and have yet to shift into top gear. But Liverpool visit United on Sunday and this is likely to bring the best out of these two old rivals.
Chelsea have proven they are human; they gave up a goal to West Ham last weekend. It’s their first goal against in the league this season! With Blackpool visiting Stamford Bridge this weekend the Blues will not feel overly concerned about their prospects of picking up another three points. Is it too early to suggest that the other contenders will need to win to keep the pace with the Blues or risk throwing away their chances at winning the league? It’s a must win weekend for Arsenal and Manchester United.
Stoke City vs West Ham United
Britannia Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent), Saturday September 18th, 7:45AM EST
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Stoke City managed their first premier league victory of the season on Monday when they came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Britannia Stadium. Kenwyne Jones and Robert Huth were the goal scoring heroes for the Potters. Manager Tony Pulis had missed the first half due to the passing away of his mother, but he made it to the stadium by half time to inspire his men to victory. Stoke won both corresponding fixtures with West Ham last season, 0-1 at Upton Park and 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium.
West Ham remain one of only two EPL clubs still winless this season. (Everton is the other.) But they retain the dubious distinction of being the only club without a point, and that places them on the bottom of the league table. Last week the Hammers lost 1-3 to cross town rivals Chelsea at Upton Park. To their credit, however, West Ham became the only team to score against Chelsea this season when Scott Parker lobbed the ball over the head of Petr Cech. The Hammers’ cause in the upcoming fixture isn’t helped by the fact that the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur falls on Saturday; West Ham will be without manager Avram Grant and defender Tal Ben Haim who will both observe the holiday. Grant’s religious convictions may not help his job prospects, as there is speculation that he may get the old heave-ho if West Ham continue to lose.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
White Hart Lane (London), Saturday September 18th, 10:00AM EST
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Tottenham have suffered a rocky few days. A 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was followed midweek by a 2-2 draw away to Werder Bremen in Champions League action. The week could have been worse. Midfield maestro Luka Modric was injured against West Brom and at first it looked like a recurrence of the leg injury that he suffered last season. Fortunately for Spurs, however, subsequent reports revealed the injury to be less serious. Modric missed the midweek trip to Bremen, however, and his participation this weekend in doubt. First team keeper Heurelho Gomes is also doubtful because of a groin injury. New boy Rafael van der Vaart was subbed out of the Bremen match due to a calf injury, and his status for this weekend’s match remains questionable. Michael Dawson has a knee injury and Jermain Defoe an ankle injury; both will be out for an extended period.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been undergoing what they consider to be unfair criticism for rough play. Defender Karl Henry’s challenge on Bobby Zamora in Wolves 2-1 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend has been a focal point. Zamora suffered a broken leg. Henry claims innocence, but his claim hasn’t been helped by the number of bookings to Wolves players in the game. Six yellow cards were issued to Wolves in the Fulham match while Christophe Berra received a second yellow and was therefore red carded. Berra will miss this week’s game against Spurs.
Wolves won the spoils in both the home and away fixtures with Tottenham last season. This season so far both clubs sit on 5 points.
West Bromwich Albion vs Birmingham City
The Hawthorns (West Bromwich), Saturday September 18th, 10:00AM EST
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West Bromwich Albion came from behind to earn a valuable point against Tottenham at the Hawthorns last weekend. The Baggies went behind inside the first half hour due to a Luka Modric strike. Spurs were in command for the first half, but the Baggies equalized against the run of play in the 41st minute when Chris Brunt scored with a header from close in. The second half saw a better Baggies side take to the pitch, and they tested Tottenham on several occasions, although the scoring was done for the day and the 1-1 result stood. West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo may not be satisfied with the single point at home, but he will undoubtedly appreciate the effort and quality of his team’s comeback.
Defender Marek Cech is still out with a foot injury. Midfielder Greame Dorrans, meanwhile, is doubtful due to personal problems, and fellow midfielder James Morrison is out due to suspension.
Birmingham had a number of good scoring opportunities against Liverpool at St. Andrews last week but Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina was in fine form and kept the Blues from scoring with several excellent saves. Meanwhile the Birmingham back line displayed the same kind of resolute defending that characterized their home performances last season, and the Reds were unable to breach the Birmingham goal. The 0-0 draw was probably a fair result overall, but Birmingham boss Alex McLeish must surely feel aggrieved that Reina prevented his team from capitalizing on their chances.
New signing Alexander Hleb, who suffered an ankle injury while on international duty with Belarus, may be available this weekend. Same goes for striker Kevin Phillips, who tore a thigh muscle in a pre-season match.
Everton vs Newcastle United
Goodison Park (Liverpool), Saturday September 18th, 10:00AM EST
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Everton seemed destined to lose last weekend against Manchester United at Goodison Park. They trailed United 1-3 going into stoppage time but came back to gain a miraculous 3-3 draw. It might have been more, too, had referee Martin Atkinson not blown the final whistle as Everton were in full flight in search of a winner. To say that Everton manager David Moyes was irate would be to put it in relatively mild terms. Indeed, Moyes was enraged and, along with assistant Steve Round, confronted the referee on the pitch as the teams were coming off. They are both subject to disciplinary action now. Striker Victor Anichebe is still out with a knee injury.
Newcastle United were stunned by Blackpool at the weekend as the Seasiders beat the Magpies by two goals to none at St. James’s Park. It was Newcastle’s first home loss in 27 games. Now that they’re back in the Premier League, the up and down nature of their early performances suggest they should expect more home losses. Sol Campbell may provide the Magpies added support at the back, but he’s apparently not fit yet. Midfielder Dan Gosling is also out due to a knee injury.
Blackburn Rovers vs Fulham
Ewood Park (Blackburn), Saturday September 18th, 10:00AM EST
Blackburn Rovers held big-spending Manchester City to a 1-1 draw last weekend. Nikola Kalinic took advantage of a miscommunication between City keeper Joe Hart and defender Kolo Toure to slot home the first goal of the game just before the half hour mark. Patrick Vieira equalized early in the second half and Rovers relied on some desperate defending late in the game to maintain their share of the points. But manager Sam Allardyce cited his team’s organization, hard work and team spirit as the reason for the result. Luck was also a factor.
Rovers’ defender Keith Andrews will miss the match due to a groin injury.
Fulham come into the game off a bruising battle with Wolverhampton last weekend. The Cottagers won the match 2-1 but lost striker Bobby Zamora to a broken leg. Zamora is expected to miss four months. Fellow striker Andy Johnson is also out of action with a knee problem, and defender Philippe Senderos is out with an injury to his achilles.
Rovers and Fulham shared the spoils last season with each side winning on its home turf. Only two points currently separate 6th place Fulham on six points from 15th place Blackburn on 4 points.
Aston Villa vs Bolton
Villa Park (Birmingham), Saturday September 18th, 10:00AM EST
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Villa squandered a lead on Monday and lost 2-1 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Last week Villa signed former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier as a permanent replacement for Martin O’Neill. But Houllier hasn’t yet taken charge on the field and isn’t scheduled to do so until the club’s Carling Cup match with Blackburn Rovers next week. Until then Villa will still be in the hands of caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald. Big Norwegian striker John Carew is doubtful for Saturday’s clash with Bolton, having sustained a knee injury in Norway’s Euro qualifying victory over Portugal last week.
Bolton are coming off a 4-1 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend and must play without the services of Gary Cahill, who got his marching orders in the form of a straight red card for a challenge from behind on Marouane Chamakh. Bolton appealed the sending off but the FA rejected the plea and so Cahill will be suspended for three matches. He’ll therefore miss this weekend’s Villa clash. Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is also out through suspension, having been sent off in the match against Birmingham.
Villa took the spoils in both corresponding fixtures last season, winning 0-1 at the Reebok Stadium and 5-1 at Villa Park.
Sunderland vs Arsenal
Stadium of Light (Sunderland), Saturday September 18th, 12:30PM EST
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Sunderland lost the services of skipper Lee Cattermole last weekend against Wigan when the midfielder received his second yellow card booking of the match after just 22 minutes. That didn’t stop the Black Cats from taking the lead at the DW stadium. Asamoah Gyan was the scorer. They were unable to hold that lead, however, and the best they could manage on the day was a share of the points at 1-1. Cattermole will miss this weekend’s match with Arsenal due to his sending off. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is still out due to the fractured arm he sustained in preseason. Defenders George McCartney and John Mensah are also doubtful due to injury
The Gunners come into this weekend on a high, having humbled Portuguese squad Braga 6-0 in Champions League action in London midweek. Cesc Fabregas was in sparkling form for Arsenal and despite the absence through injuries to strikers Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner, the Gunners clearly retain accurate firepower with Fabregas, Chamakh, Arshavin and Vela all on target against the Portuguese. Defender Thomas Vermaelen and midfielder Abou Diaby will likely miss the Sunderland trip through injury.
Last season Arsenal and Sunderland split the difference in their fixtures, with Arsenal winning at the Emirates and then losing at the Stadium of Light. The Gunners will be looking to redress that situation when they travel to Wearside this weekend.
Manchester United vs Liverpool
Old Trafford (Manchester), Sunday September 19th, 8:30AM EST
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Manchester United suffered double disappointment midweek in Champions League action. First, they failed to score against a clearly outclassed Glasgow Rangers, who held United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. Perhaps more significantly, however, United winger Antonio Valencia suffered a dreadful ankle break in the match and he’ll be out for the season.
Some good news was the return to action of Rio Ferdinand, who was injured prior to the World Cup and hasn’t played in the first team since last season. Wayne Rooney also returned to action after being left out of the side that drew 3-3 with Everton last weekend.
United’s clash with Liverpool renews an old rivalry. The clubs share a record 18 English league championships, although Liverpool’s last championship was prior to the inception of the Premier League. Last season the clubs split the difference, with United winning 2-1 at Old Trafford and Liverpool picking up a 2-0 win at Anfield.
With a win, a loss and two draws so far this season Liverpool don’t look like a team set to tear up the league. But the Reds are undergoing something of a metamorphosis as new manager Roy Hodgson rebuilds the team from the psychologically-shattered squad left behind by Rafa Benitez. Last season’s poor turnout and seventh place finish rendered Liverpool’s status as one of the Prem’s “big four” questionable. Hodgson’s first order of business must now be to reestablish the proper order of things as soon as possible, and a 4th place or better finish this season would do that quite nicely. But the fortunate draw at Birmingham last weekend won’t inspire Liverpudlian confidence.
However, Liverpool must have instilled some confidence in the faithful on Thursday when they beat Steaua Bucharest 4-1 at Anfied in Europa league action. Joe Cole got the Reds out to an early lead when he scored in the first minute. David Ngog had two goals (including a penalty) while Lucas had the other.
Dirk Kuyt will miss the clash with United due to the shoulder injury he suffered while on international duty. Fabio Aurelio is out with an injured achilles.
Wigan Athletic vs Manchester City
The DW Stadium (Wigan), Sunday September 19th, 10:00AM EST
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Wigan got their first home point of the season last weekend as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with 10-man Sunderland at the DW Stadium. The Latics equalizer came late in the match when on-loan Tom Cleverley, who had subbed in for Mauro Boselli, struck a shot from outside the penalty box that deflected off Antolin Alcaraz for the equalizer.
Wigan will face City without the services of Scottish defender Gary Caldwell, who is recovering from hip surgery. Midfielder Victor Moses is doubtful due to an ankle injury.
Manchester City have thus far failed to fulfill the promise that might be expected of a team full of big money stars. Their 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at the weekend is merely the latest bit of evidence. Further evidence: Four EPL games so far this season and just one win to show for it. A loss and two draws completing their record to date. A 2-0 away win over Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday is certainly good, but given City’s star power it might almost be expected. This is not to suggest that all of City’s stars are glowing dimly. Home grown lad (well,…he’s English anyway, if not from Manchester) Adam Johnson is shining brightly for club and country.
Emmanuel Adebayor is questionable for this weekend, while injuries to Mario Balotelli, Wayne Bridge, Jerome Boateng and Aleksandar Kolarov will keep them out of action.
Last season City took three points from Wigan at home, while the two clubs shared the points in the return fixture at the DW.
Chelsea vs Blackpool
Stamford Bridge (London), Sunday September 19th, 11:00AM EST
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Chelsea’s players are human it seems. They allowed a goal last weekend in their derby match with West Ham. That little faux pas, however, didn’t change the end result, as Chelsea took the three points on the day with a 3-1 win at Upton Park. Midfielder Michael Essien, whose services the Blues were lacking for much of last season due to injury, was in fine form against the Hammers and scored two goals in the match. Salomon Kalou had the other. Apart from the goal scored against them at West Ham last weekend, Chelsea haven’t missed a beat so far this season. They cruised to an easy 4-1 victory over MSK Zilina in Champions League action midweek, and they sit atop the Premier League table on 12 points, two in front of Arsenal and four above Manchester United.
Blackpool’s squad must be wondering what’s in store for them at Stamford Bridge this weekend. In their first visit to the capital this season the Seasiders had their heads handed to them by Arsenal, who scored six goals and gave up none that day. Given Chelsea’s form the Blackpool squad could be forgiven if they were to expect a spanking this weekend too. Yet the Tangerines have shown spirit and some quality in the early stages of the season, getting a good result—indeed, rather a shock result—against Newcastle last weekend in their 2-0 win at St. James’s Park, as well as a draw with Fulham and a win against Wigan. Hope springs eternal and Blackpool have yet to succumb to sustained Premier League humblings, though the season is early yet.
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Europa League groups I, J, K and L with some huge wins and a big road upset.
FC Metalist, Liverpool and Porto produced dominant performances to begin group play with comfortable wins. Borussia Dortmund needed a lete rally to beat Karpaty, and Paris Saint-Germain produced an upset to beat Sevilla 1-0 in Spain.
FC Porto 0 - 0 Rapid Viena
Thursday September 16th, 3:00PM EST
FC Porto won the UEFA Cup in 2003, the last time they entered this competition. They began their current campaign in impressive style, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Rapid Vienna.
Defender Rolando opened the scoring in the 26th minute, and Colombian forward Falcao doubled their lead in the 65th minute when he scored from a scramble that followed a long throw in.
Ruben Micael rounded off the scoring in impressive fashion with a 77th minute strike into the top corner from outside the area.
Liverpool 0 - 0 FC Steaua Bucuresti
Thursday September 16th, 3:00PM EST
Roy Hodgson made the Europa League final last season as coach of Fulham, his attempts to take Liverpool a step further received an encouraging start as Bucharest were demolished 4-1.
Liverpool took the lead after only 27 seconds when Joe Cole raced onto an under hit back pass and finished past the onrushing keeper. Steua responded with a 13th minute equalizer courtesy of Cristian Tanase.
David Ngog restored Liverpool’s lead with a 55th minute penalty, before Lucas made it 3-1 with a thunderous long range strike. Ngog rounded off the 4-1 win when he netted his second goal in injury time.
Sevilla 0 - 1 PSG
Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Spain, Thursday September 16th, 3:00PM EST
PSG opened their campaign with a stunning upset over Spanish team Sevilla. Regarded by many as an outside bet to progress from the group, the French side gave their hopes a huge boost with an excellent away win.
Sevilla dominates possession for large spells, but it was PSG who scored the only goal courtesy of Brazilian forward Nene. Nene found space in the area, and his low shot was deflected up and over Andres Palop via a deflection off defender Martin Caceres.
PSV 1 - 1 Sampdoria
Philipsstadion, Netherlands, Thursday September 16th, 3:00PM EST
PSV required a dramatic late equalizer to claim a point in a hard fought draw against Italian side Sampdoria.
Fabrizio Cacciatore gave Sampdoria a first half lead when he produced a fine header to beat Andreas Isaksson. PSV pushed forward in search of an equalizer, and Ibrahim Affelay rattled the goal post with a 71st minute strike from distance.
PSV equalized when Balazs Dzsudzsak lashed home a low finish from the edge of the area with only one minute remaining.
Beşiktaş 0 - 0 CSKA Sofia
Thursday September 16th, 3:05PM EST
Besiktas opened their campaign with three points, but this win did not come easy against Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia. A 90th minute header from German midfielder Fabian Ernst was required to win the game for the Turk’s.
With both sides looking likely to gain a point, former Real Madrid man Guti swung in a 90th minute free kick, and Ernst rose to head home the winner and send the home fans into raptures.
Karpaty Lviv 3 - 4 Borussia Dortmund
Ukrajina Stadium, Thursday September 16th, 3:05PM EST
In what was likely the most entertaining game of the round, Dortmund required a dramatic late fight back to beat brave FC Karpaty.
All appeared to be going according to plan for the German side in the opening half hour, as a Nuri Sahin penalty, and then a 27th minute Mario Gotze goal saw them race into a 2-0 lead. An Oleg Golodyuk goal for Karpaty just before half time halved the deficit and gave the home side hope.
Mykhaylo Kopolovets capitalized on a defensive error to equalize for Karpaty, before Denys Kozhanov raced onto a long ball and gave the Ukraine club a dramatic 3-2 lead.
Dortmund were not done however and Lucas Barrios equalized in the 87th minute, before Gotze broke the hearts of Karpaty with a winner in the second minute of injury time.
Napoli 0 - 0 Utrecht
San Paolo, Italy, Thursday September 16th, 3:05PM EST
Both sides defended well as Napoli and Utrecht gained a point each in Naples.
The visitors started brightly and in the 9th minute Dries Mertens raced clear, only to have his shot saved by Morgan De Sanctis.
Napoli gained a foothold and pushed forward, but most of their attacks ended in long range shots saved by Michel Vorm.
Debrecen 0 - 5 Metallist
Thursday September 16th, 3:05PM EST
FC Metalist from Ukraine opened their campaign in resounding fashion as they demolished Hungarian Champions Debrecen 5-0 in Budapest.
Debrecen found themselves 2-0 down inside 35 minutes when first Edmar, and then Cleiton Xavier scored for the visitors. Peter Kabat was sent off in the 42nd minute as Debrecen went into half time with a mountain to climb.
Brazilian Edmar scored his second of the night with an impressive back heel volley, before fellow Brazilian Fininho made it 4-0 with a long range shot. Serhiy Valyayev lashed home in the dying minutes to round off an impressive 5-0 victory.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Champions League early stages saw the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan being held to unexpected draws, while Barcelona wasted no chances when they clobbered Panathinaikos of Greece 5-1.
Manchester United boss, Alex Ferguson blames his side's poor showing on lack of creativity.
Benfica 2 - 0 Hapoel Tel Aviv
Bursapor 0 - 4 Valencia
FC Copenhagen 1 - 0 Rubin Kazan
FC Twente 2 - 2 Inter Milan
Lyon 1 - 0 Schalke
Werder Bremen 2 - 2 Tottenham
Manchester United 0 - 0 Rangers
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
(HT 1-0) Luxembourg
(HT 0-0) Kazakhstan
Jakob Jantscher (60)
(HT 0-0) Romania
(HT 0-0) France
(HT 0-1) Montenegro
(HT 0-0) Greece
(HT 0-1) Lithuania
(HT 0-0) Iceland
Naumoski (pen 90+4)
(HT 1-1) Armenia
(HT 0-0) Israel
Ucha Lobzhanidze (29)
Klose (45+2, 90+2)
Sadygov (og 53)
(HT 3-0) Azerbaijan
Vladimir Koman (66)
(HT 0-0) Moldova
De Rossi (22)
(HT 3-0) Faroe Islands
(HT 0-1) Latvia
Maksims Rafalskis (61)
Huntelaar (7, pen 17)
(HT 2-1) Finland
(HT 1-0) Portugal
Raul Meireles (60)
Rep of Ireland
(HT 2-1) Andorra
(HT 0-1) Slovakia
(HT 0-0) Liechtenstein
(HT 0-0) Slovenia
S Handanovic (15)
Ibrahimovic (8, 77)
Simoncini (og 12)
(HT 3-0) San Marino
(HT 0-1) England
A Johnson (69)
A Cole (77)
(HT 0-1) Belgium
Van Buyten (29, 70)
Van Buyten (45+2)
UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying
Welbeck (61, 90+1)
(HT 0-0) Lithuania U21
Holtby (42, 60)
(HT 1-0) N Ireland U21
(HT 1-0) Wales U21
(HT 1-1) Austria U21
(HT 0-0) Rep of Ireland U21
(HT 3-0) Spain
(HT 1-1) Paraguay
(HT 1-1) Uzbekistan
(HT 2-1) Guatemala
(HT 1-2) Australia
Wilkshire (pen 26)
(HT 0-1) Iran
(HT 1-0) Chile
Monday, September 6, 2010
Barcelona v Panathinaikos, GpD, 19:45
Benfica v Hapoel Tel-Aviv, GpB, 19:45
Bursaspor v Valencia, GpC, 19:45
FC Copenhagen v Rubin Kazan, GpD, 19:45
FC Twente v Inter Milan, GpA, 19:45
Lyon v Schalke 04, GpB, 19:45
Man Utd v Rangers, GpC, 19:45
Werder Bremen v Tottenham, GpA, 19:45
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
AC Milan v Auxerre, GpG, 19:45
Arsenal v Braga, GpH, 19:45
Bayern Munich v Roma, GpE, 19:45
CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca v Basle, GpE, 19:45
MSK Zilina v Chelsea, GpF, 19:45
Marseille v Spartak Moscow, GpF, 19:45
Real Madrid v Ajax, GpG, 19:45
Shakhtar Donetsk v Partizan Belgrade, GpH, 19:45
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Ajax v AC Milan, GpG, 19:45
Auxerre v Real Madrid, GpG, 19:45
Basle v Bayern Munich, GpE, 19:45
Braga v Shakhtar Donetsk, GpH, 19:45
Chelsea v Marseille, GpF, 19:45
Partizan Belgrade v Arsenal, GpH, 19:45
Roma v CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca, GpE, 19:45
Spartak Moscow v MSK Zilina, GpF, 19:45
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Lyon, GpB, 19:45
Inter Milan v Werder Bremen, GpA, 19:45
Panathinaikos v FC Copenhagen, GpD, 19:45
Rangers v Bursaspor, GpC, 19:45
Rubin Kazan v Barcelona, GpD, 19:45
Schalke 04 v Benfica, GpB, 19:45
Tottenham v FC Twente, GpA, 19:45
Valencia v Man Utd, GpC, 19:45
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Ajax v Auxerre, GpG, 19:45
Arsenal v Shakhtar Donetsk, GpH, 19:45
Bayern Munich v CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca, GpE, 19:45
Braga v Partizan Belgrade, GpH, 19:45
Marseille v MSK Zilina, GpF, 19:45
Real Madrid v AC Milan, GpG, 19:45
Roma v Basle, GpE, 19:45
Spartak Moscow v Chelsea, GpF, 19:45
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Barcelona v FC Copenhagen, GpD, 19:45
FC Twente v Werder Bremen, GpA, 19:45
Inter Milan v Tottenham, GpA, 19:45
Lyon v Benfica, GpB, 19:45
Man Utd v Bursaspor, GpC, 19:45
Panathinaikos v Rubin Kazan, GpD, 19:45
Rangers v Valencia, GpC, 19:45
Schalke 04 v Hapoel Tel-Aviv, GpB, 19:45
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Benfica v Lyon, GpB, 19:45
Bursaspor v Man Utd, GpC, 19:45
FC Copenhagen v Barcelona, GpD, 19:45
Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Schalke 04, GpB, 19:45
Rubin Kazan v Panathinaikos, GpD, 19:45
Tottenham v Inter Milan, GpA, 19:45
Valencia v Rangers, GpC, 19:45
Werder Bremen v FC Twente, GpA, 19:45
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
AC Milan v Real Madrid, GpG, 19:45
Auxerre v Ajax, GpG, 19:45
Basle v Roma, GpE, 19:45
CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca v Bayern Munich, GpE, 19:45
Chelsea v Spartak Moscow, GpF, 19:45
MSK Zilina v Marseille, GpF, 19:45
Partizan Belgrade v Braga, GpH, 19:45
Shakhtar Donetsk v Arsenal, GpH, 19:45
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Ajax v Real Madrid, GpG, 19:45
Auxerre v AC Milan, GpG, 19:45
Basle v CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca, GpE, 19:45
Braga v Arsenal, GpH, 19:45
Chelsea v MSK Zilina, GpF, 19:45
Partizan Belgrade v Shakhtar Donetsk, GpH, 19:45
Roma v Bayern Munich, GpE, 19:45
Spartak Moscow v Marseille, GpF, 19:45
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Hapoel Tel-Aviv v Benfica, GpB, 19:45
Inter Milan v FC Twente, GpA, 19:45
Panathinaikos v Barcelona, GpD, 19:45
Rangers v Man Utd, GpC, 19:45
Rubin Kazan v FC Copenhagen, GpD, 19:45
Schalke 04 v Lyon, GpB, 19:45
Tottenham v Werder Bremen, GpA, 19:45
Valencia v Bursaspor, GpC, 19:45
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Barcelona v Rubin Kazan, GpD, 19:45
Benfica v Schalke 04, GpB, 19:45
Bursaspor v Rangers, GpC, 19:45
FC Copenhagen v Panathinaikos, GpD, 19:45
FC Twente v Tottenham, GpA, 19:45
Lyon v Hapoel Tel-Aviv, GpB, 19:45
Man Utd v Valencia, GpC, 19:45
Werder Bremen v Inter Milan, GpA, 19:45
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
AC Milan v Ajax, GpG, 19:45
Arsenal v Partizan Belgrade, GpH, 19:45
Bayern Munich v Basle, GpE, 19:45
CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca v Roma, GpE, 19:45
MSK Zilina v Spartak Moscow, GpF, 19:45
Marseille v Chelsea, GpF, 19:45
Real Madrid v Auxerre, GpG, 19:45
Shakhtar Donetsk v Braga, GpH, 19:45
(agg 2-4) Braga
Paulo Cesar (20)
Miguel Garcia (23)
Alberto Rodriguez (68)
Sammir (pen 55)
(agg 2-2) FC Sheriff Tiraspol
FC Sheriff Win 6-5 on Penalties
(agg 3-2) BATE Borisov
(agg 2-3) Young Boys
(agg 1-5) Partizan Belgrade
(agg 0-2) Sparta Prague
Kladrubsky (pen 50)
(agg 4-2) Litex Lovech
Salpingidis (56, 90)
(agg 4-4) Ajax
Suarez (48, 50)
Ajax win on away goals rule
Red Bull Salzburg
(agg 5-2) Omonia Nicosia
(agg 4-0) AIK Solna
Zenit St Petersburg
(agg 1-0) Unirea Urziceni
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
De Sutter (17)
Lukaku (69, 74)
(agg 6-1) The New Saints
(agg 3-2) FC Aktobe
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
(HT 0-1) Rosenborg
(HT 1-0) PAOK Salonika
(HT 0-0) FC Copenhagen
Alan (pen 26)
(HT 1-0) Celtic
Leandro Salino (90+1)
Ki Sung-Yeung (24)
(HT 0-1) Basle
(HT 0-0) Hapoel Tel-Aviv
FC Sheriff Tiraspol
(HT 1-1) Dinamo Zagreb
(HT 2-0) HJK Helsinki
Costanzo (pen 89)
(HT 1-2) Fenerbahce
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
(HT 1-0) AA Gent
(HT 0-0) MSK Zilina
(HT 0-1) Red Bull Salzburg
(HT 0-0) Lech Poznan
The New Saints
(HT 0-2) Anderlecht
(HT 0-0) Zenit St Petersburg
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
AS Jeunesse Esch
(agg 0-1) AIK Solna
(agg 4-3) FC Levadia Tallinn
(agg 1-6) BATE Borisov
Sidlauskas (og 119)
(agg 2-1) Futbolo Klubas Ekranas (Panevezys)
After Extra time
(agg 1-1) Inter Baku
Lech Poznan win 9-8 on penalties
(agg 3-1) Birkirkara
(agg 1-3) FC Aktobe
(agg 1-4) Partizan Belgrade
(agg 2-0) Linfield
(agg 5-0) Sporta Klubs Liepajas Metalurgs
(agg 0-6) Hapoel Tel-Aviv
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
(agg 2-3) FC Sheriff Tiraspol
(agg 4-5) Dinamo Zagreb
Havnar Boltfelag Torshavn
(agg 1-5) Red Bull Salzburg
(agg 0-5) Omonia Nicosia
(agg 0-5) Litex Lovech
The New Saints
Williams (14, 73)
(agg 4-1) Bohemians
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
(HT 0-0) FH Hafnarfjordur
(HT 1-0) Olimpi Rustavi
FC Sheriff Tiraspol
(HT 1-1) Dinamo Tirana
Futbolo Klubas Ekranas (Panevezys)
(HT 1-0) HJK Helsinki
(HT 0-0) Rosenborg
(HT 2-1) Pyunik
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
(HT 0-0) AS Jeunesse Esch
(HT 1-0) MSK Zilina
(HT 0-0) The New Saints
Mandzukic (30, 63)
(HT 2-1) FC Koper
FC Levadia Tallinn
(HT 0-0) Debrecen
Lala (9, 31, 38)
Beslija (og 28)
(HT 5-0) Zeljeznicar Sarajevo
(HT 0-0) Lech Poznan
(HT 1-0) Rudar Pljevlja
(HT 2-0) Renova
Red Bull Salzburg
(HT 2-0) Havnar Boltfelag Torshavn
Sporta Klubs Liepajas Metalurgs
(HT 0-1) Sparta Prague
Wilfred (51, 58)
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
(agg 7-1) Tre Fiori
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
(HT 4-2) Santa Coloma
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
(HT 0-2) Rudar Pljevlja
2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
Fixtures, results and tables for the qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
In groups A to J, the pool winners plus best two runners-up qualify for finals with co-hosts Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The top two sides in group K, which has five teams, will go through automatically.
P W D L GF GA Pts
Cape Verde1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Liberia 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Zimbabwe1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Mali 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
03-05/09/10: Cape Verde 1-0 Mali
03-05/09/10: Liberia 1-1 Zimbabwe
08-10/10/10: Mali v Liberia
08-10/10/10: Zimbabwe v Cape Verde
25-27/03/11: Cape Verde v Liberia
25-27/03/11: Mali v Zimbabwe
03-06/06/11: Liberia v Cape Verde
03-06/06/11: Zimbabwe v Mali
02-04/09/11: Mali v Cape Verde
02-04/09/11: Zimbabwe v Liberia
07-09/10/11: Liberia v Mali
07-09/10/11: Cape Verde v Zimbabwe
P W D L GF GA Pts
Guinea 1 1 0 0 4 1 3
Nigeria 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Madagascar1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Ethiopia1 0 0 1 1 4 0
03-05/09/10: Nigeria 2-0 Madagascar
03-05/09/10: Ethiopia 1-4 Guinea
08-10/10/10: Madagascar v Ethiopia
08-10/10/10: Guinea v Nigeria
25-27/03/11: Nigeria v Ethiopia
25-27/03/11: Madagascar v Guinea
03-06/06/11: Ethiopia v Nigeria
03-06/06/11: Guinea v Madagascar
02-04/09/11: Madagascar v Nigeria
02-04/09/11: Guinea v Ethiopia
07-09/10/11: Ethiopia v Madagascar
07-09/10/11: Nigeria v Guinea
P W D L GF GA Pts
Zambia 1 1 0 0 4 0 3
Libya 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mozambique1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Comoros Isl1 0 0 1 0 4 0
03-05/09/10: Mozambique 0-0 Libya
03-05/09/10: Zambia 4-0 Comoros
08-10/10/10: Libya v Zambia
08-10/10/10: Comoros v Mozambique
25-27/03/11: Mozambique v Zambia
25-27/03/11: Libya v Comoros
03-06/06/11: Zambia v Mozambique
03-06/06/11: Comoros v Libya
02-04/09/11: Libya v Mozambique
02-04/09/11: Comoros v Zambia
07-09/10/11: Zambia v Libya
07-09/10/11: Mozambique v Comoros
P W D L GF GA Pts
Algeria 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Tanzania1 0 1 0 1 1 1
CAR 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Morocco 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
03-05/09/10: Algeria 1-1 Tanzania
03-05/09/10: Morocco 0-0 Central African Republic
08-10/10/10: Tanzania v Morocco
08-10/10/10: Central African Republic v Algeria
25-27/03/11: Algeria v Morocco
25-27/03/11: Tanzania v Central African Republic
03-06/06/11: Morocco v Algeria
03-06/06/11: Central African Republic v Tanzania
02-04/09/11: Tanzania v Algeria
02-04/09/11: Central African Republic v Morocco
07-09/10/11: Morocco v Tanzania
07-09/10/11: Algeria v Central African Republic
P W D L GF GA Pts
Senegal 1 1 0 0 4 2 3
Cameroon1 1 0 0 3 1 3
DR Congo1 0 0 1 2 4 0
Mauritius1 0 0 1 1 3 0
03-05/09/10: DR Congo 2-4 Senegal
03-05/09/10: Mauritius 1-3 Cameroon
08-10/10/10: Senegal v Mauritius
08-10/10/10: Cameroon v DR Congo
25-27/03/11: DR Congo v Mauritius
25-27/03/11: Senegal v Cameroon
03-06/06/11: Mauritius v DR Congo
03-06/06/11: Cameroon v Senegal
02-04/09/11: Senegal v DR Congo
02-04/09/11: Cameroon v Mauritius
07-09/10/11: Mauritius v Senegal
07-09/10/11: DR Congo v Cameroon
P W D L GF GA Pts
Gambia 1 1 0 0 3 1 3
Burkina Faso0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
03-05/09/10: Gambia 3-1 Namibia
08-10/10/10: Burkina Faso v Gambia
25-27/03/11: Burkina Faso v Namibia
03-06/06/11: Namibia v Burkina Faso
02-04/09/11: Namibia v Gambia
07-09/10/11: Gambia v Burkina Faso
P W D L GF GA Pts
South Africa1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Egypt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sierra Leone0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Niger 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
03-05/09/10: South Africa 2-0 Niger
03-05/09/10: Egypt v Sierra Leone
08-10/10/10: Niger v Egypt
08-10/10/10: Sierra Leone v South Africa
25-27/03/11: South Africa v Egypt
25-27/03/11: Niger v Sierra Leone
03-06/06/11: Egypt v South Africa
03-06/06/11: Sierra Leone v Niger
02-04/09/11: Niger v South Africa
02-04/09/11: Sierra Leone v Egypt
07-09/10/11: Egypt v Niger
07-09/10/11: South Africa v Sierra Leone
P W D L GF GA Pts
Ivory Coast1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Benin 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Burundi 1 0 1 0 1 1 1
Rwanda 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
03-05/09/10: Ivory Coast 3-0 Rwanda
03-05/09/10: Benin 1-1 Burundi
08-10/10/10: Rwanda v Benin
08-10/10/10: Burundi v Ivory Coast
25-27/03/11: Ivory Coast v Benin
25-27/03/11: Rwanda v Burundi
03-06/06/11: Benin v Ivory Coast
03-06/06/11: Burundi v Rwanda
02-04/09/11: Rwanda v Ivory Coast
02-04/09/11: Burundi v Benin
07-09/10/11: Benin v Rwanda
07-09/10/11: Ivory Coast v Burundi
P W D L GF GA Pts
Ghana 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Congo 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Swaziland1 0 0 1 0 3 0
03-05/09/10: Sudan 2-0 Congo
03-05/09/10: Swaziland 0-3 Ghana
08-10/10/10: Congo v Swaziland
08-10/10/10: Ghana v Sudan
25-27/03/11: Sudan v Swaziland
25-27/03/11: Congo v Ghana
03-06/06/11: Swaziland v Sudan
03-06/06/11: Ghana v Congo
02-04/09/11: Congo v Sudan
02-04/09/11: Ghana v Swaziland
07-09/10/11: Swaziland v Congo
07-09/10/11: Sudan v Ghana
P W D L GF GA Pts
Uganda 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
G Bissau1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Kenya 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Angola 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
03-05/09/10: Guinea Bissau 1-0 Kenya
03-05/09/10: Uganda 3-0 Angola
08-10/10/10: Kenya v Uganda
08-10/10/10: Angola v Guinea Bissau
25-27/03/11: Guinea Bissau v Uganda
25-27/03/11: Kenya v Angola
03-06/06/11: Uganda v Guinea Bissau
03-06/06/11: Angola v Kenya
02-04/09/11: Kenya v Guinea Bissau
02-04/09/11: Angola v Uganda
07-09/10/11: Uganda v Kenya
07-09/10/11: Guinea Bissau v Angola
P W D L GF GA Pts
Botswana 4 3 1 0 5 2 10
Tunisia 3 1 1 1 5 4 5
Malawi 3 0 3 0 4 4 3
Togo 3 0 2 1 4 5 2
Chad 3 0 1 2 3 6 1
01/07/10: Chad 2-2 Togo
01/07/10: Tunisia 0-1 Botswana
09/07/10: Togo 1-1 Malawi
09/07/10: Botswana 1-0 Chad
11/08/10: Chad 1-3 Tunisia
11/08/10: Malawi 1-1 Botswana
03-05/09/10: Tunisia 2-2 Malawi
03-05/09/10: Botswana 2-1 Togo
08-10/09/10: Malawi v Chad
08-10/09/10: Togo v Tunisia
17/11/10: Togo v Chad
17/11/10: Botswana v Tunisia
25-27/03/11: Malawi v Togo
25-27/03/11: Chad v Botswana
03-05/06/11: Tunisia v Chad
03-05/06/11: Botswana v Malawi
02-04/09/11: Malawi v Tunisia
03-04/09/11: Togo v Botswana
07-09/10/11: Chadv Malawi
07-09/10/11: Tunisia v Togo
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Kazakhstan – Turkey 0-3
Belgium – Germany 0-1
Armenia – Ireland 0-1
Andorra – Russia 0-2
Slovakia – Macedonia 1-0
Faroe Islands – Serbia 0-3
Estonia – Italy 1-2
Slovenia – Northern Ireland 0-1
Romania – Albania 1-1
Luxembourg – Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-3
France – Belarus 0-1
Sweden – Hungary 2-0
San Marino – the Netherlands 0-5
Moldova – Finland 2-0
Latvia – Croatia 0-3
Greece – Georgia 1-1
Montenegro – Wales 1-0
ENGLAND – BULGARIA 4-0
Iceland – Norway 1-2
Portugal – Cyprus 4-4
Lithuania – Scotland 0-0
Lichtenstein – Spain 0-4