October 13th, 2010
Euro 2012 Qualifier Results
Sergio kisses it better? In our world, yes.
We’d like to say that the above photo is indicative of the international spirit of football and manlove characterising last night’s Euro 2012 qualifiers. And while Spain vs. Scotland was nearly a triumph of David and Goliath proportions, like the photo, the truth is somewhat different. There was little successful football played and the manlove was pretty thin on the ground too. Still, with true Kickette spirit, we soldier on. Pfffththhh.
England’s good form in the early stages of the competition puttered out last night, a feisty Montenegro putting on a superb defensive display to frustrate Fabio Capello’s men (left). Wayne Rooney failed to put his goal drought behind him and while debutant Kevin Davies put in a lively performance, no breakthrough was made. (Getty Images/Daylife)
While Wembley displayed dissatisfaction, a few hundred miles north Scotland fans looked on in disbelief as their side almost pulled off the shock result of the qualifiers so far. Goals by David Villa and Andres Iniesta had given Spain a comfortable 2-0 lead, the former a penalty for a handball that brings Villa level with Raul’s record of forty-four goals for his country. Astonishingly though, Scotland drew level via Stephen Naismith and a Gerard Pique own goal. It took a seventy ninth minute Fernando Llorente strike to restore order to the universe, the game finishing 2-3.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored an early free kick in Portugal’s 3-1 win over Iceland, while Germany continued their relentless march towards qualification, a half time 0-0 scoreline against Kazakhstan converted into a 3-0 victory by goals from Miroslav Klose (obviously), Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski. France again continued their positive start to the campaign, beating Luxembourg 2-0, with goals from Yoann Gourcuff (left) and Karim Benzema. (AP Photo/Daylife)
Netherlands also took a three goal margin from their match against Sweden, the 4-1 victory coming at a price though; Dirk Kuyt was rushed to hospital after landing awkwardly on his ankle. Liverpool fans will be thrilled to learn that Daniel Agger is also a doubt for the Everton match on Sunday after coming off early in Denmark’s 2-0 win over Cyprus.
A late, late goal from Balazs Dzsudzsak snatched victory for Hungary over Finland, while Sami Hyppia and Adam Szalai engaged in some light petting (left). A Kickette correspondent at the game confirmed that Gabor Kiraly’s tracksuit bottoms were indeed horrifying and expressed disappointment that former Helsinki ‘Man of the Year’ and mascot Bubi did not fly in for an appearance. (Reuters/Daylife)
Nope. We don’t get it either.
Finally, sad news from Italy where the Azzuri’s game against Serbia was called off after crowd trouble. Having seen this (left) it’s fairly obvious why. We have nothing. Seriously. (Getty Images/Daylife)
How was it for you, soldier girls?