February 10th, 2011
Midweek Friendlies: Assertive Ab Adventures
Image courtesy of Kickette reader NK. Thanks!
You see the image above? This picture of Danny Agger and his abs was taken by a Kickette Soldier Girl present at the Denmark vs. England game last night. There were other photos, but unfortunately our gal’s next move was to leap the hoardings and race towards Danny, brandishing a bottle of tanning oil and a copy of ‘Tattoo Monthly’ and she was brought down by five burly security men before any contact could be made. Her camera was damaged in the melee, as well as Danny’s shorts and a couple of innocent bystanders suffered facial scratching.
But this was mere collateral damage. Kickette Army, the above action is the commitment we’re looking for. Read this story again and again and resolve to attain the kind of proximity to elite abs that this brave lady managed.
Oh, and if anyone would like to make a contribution towards her bail money, we would be grateful. We’re kind of broke.
So on with the Midweek Results, and getting his abs out for the Kickettes wasn’t the only service young Mr Agger provided last night. He scored first in Denmark’s fixture against England in Copenhagen, although the Danes’ merriment was cut short by Darren Bent, who equalised moments later in a frenetic first half period that saw newly single (probably) Nicklas Bendtner frequently threaten. Ashley Young (left) scored the winner, offering renewed hope to Fabio Capello that he won’t be chased to into the sea by England fans and pundits for being rubbish. Yet.
2-1 was also the result in Geneva where Argentina met Portugal and Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced each other on the pitch for the first time since Barcelona’s 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid. It seems that Messi also got the upper hand in this fixture; although Ronaldo scored the equaliser for Portugal after Argentina took the lead via Angel Di Maria, Messi scored the ninetieth minute penalty that won the game.
A refereeing decision also played an important role in France’s 1-0 victory over Brazil, with Hernanes receiving a red card during the first half for a kick on Karim Benzema. Thanks to Yoann Gourcuff’s refusal to panic and make mad arm gestures in a crisis (left) Benzema recovered and went on to score France’s winner. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
France fans? Do you sense a revival in fortune here, or is the good form of your boys just a blip?
Fortunately for our exceptionally lazy editorial department, many of last night’s fixtures featured the most notable international sides playing one another. This included Germany and Italy, who played out a 1-1 draw despite both sides having several decent chances. Two of these chances fell to substitute Marco Borriello, but as you can see, he was far to distracted by his hair (above) to convert them. (Reuters/Daylife)
What the hell, Marco? If this continues, your presence in the F5 may be subject to review. Oh, who are we kidding. Marco could rock a tangerine hued mullet and we’d still have a jones.
Finally, Spain were fortunate to beat a solid Columbia side last night, with David Silva (left) coming off the bench to score a late winner. The 1-0 friendly victory was the first for the World and European champions in a while; they were recently beaten 4-1 by Argentina and 4-0 by Portugal. Slightly less narrow was the Netherlands 3-1 victory over Austria. Goals from Sneijder, Huntelaar and Kuyt sealed the win, but Croatia did better; their 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic included two from Nikola Kalinic. (Reuters/Daylife)
We’ve done our best, but as always time, space and impromptu dozing has limited our ability to cober ALL the games. The results can be found here.
Once you have availed yourself of this information, tell us how your boys fared. We’re off to pawn our jewellery for the cause.