June 8th, 2011
Midweek Results: A Sheer Thing
We don’t mean to alarm anyone, but those shorts Xabi is wearing appear to be almost see-through. Be still, our pounding libidos. Image: Getty Images.
Where would you be without Kickette’s eclectic reporting of this week’s friendly internationals and Euro 2012 qualifiers? Fully conversant with the subject matter, that’s where. And who the hell wants that?
EURO 2012 Qualifiers
What Finland’s Niklas Moisander (l) doesn’t understand as he seeks to protect team-mate Perparim Hetemaj (c) is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is perfectly manageable from this angle. It’s only when he approaches from behind with a twitchy foot that he becomes dangerous. Images: Getty Images/Daylife, AP Photo/Daylife.
Sweden continued their sneak attack on the Group D top spot with a 5-0 drubbing of Finland in Solna last night. Zlatan ‘Quick Feet’ Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick after coming on as sub during the game, and the Swedes are now a mere three points behind The Netherlands having both played six games. Finland are fourth.
Mesut Ozil scored a storming goal in Germany’s 3-1 defeat of Azerbaijan, and efforts from Mario Gomez and Andre Schurrle put the side on the brink of qualification. They top Group A by eleven points; their only threat being Turkey who ‘mathematically’ could catch them. Obviously we were too busy to attend math class at school, but according to our calculations, Turkey don’t stand a hope in hell’s chance of catching up. We reserve the right to sneak in and retrospectively delete that statement should we prove to be wrong.
Gamst Pedersen, you’re too kind.
Venuzuela are the latest side to experience the full horror of playing a rampant Spain team, but while 3-0 is usually considered a sound beating, we think this was probably a fairly decent result for the South Americans. Let’s face it, when you have the likes of David Villa, Pedro and Xabi Alonso (who all scored) on the pitch, you would count yourself fortunate to keep the scoreline in single figures.
Elsewhere, the delightfully abbed-up Morten Gamst Pedersen scored the only goal in Norway’s 1-0 victory over Lithuania, Australia drew 0-0 with Serbia and an understrength Republic of Ireland side beat Italy 2-0.
Right. We’re popping into the Kickette darkroom now to have a good old look at the er… transparencies from the Spain game. Keep yourselves busy, would you?