October 11th, 2010
Weekend Results: Euro 2012 Qualifiers
Kickettes! Pay attention! Taking into account last Friday’s homework assignment, we realise there’s a distinct possibility that many of you will be inhabiting Kickette Island in your head for the foreseeable future and not concentrating on important business matters. We more than anyone understand the lure, so have decided to ease you into a new (and busy) footie week with a round up of the essential Euro 2012 qualifier results.
This way, upon arrival at work you can pretend you have spent a productive weekend following the action, and not constructing elaborate fantasies involving sand and hairbraiding. You’re welcome!
With places in the competition only available to group winners, Croatia will be pleased with their win over Israel which takes them comfortably to the top of the table in Group F. Two quick goals from the delectable Niko Kranjcar (above) were sufficient, although it was a nervy last ten minutes after Israel pulled one back via Itay Shechter.
It was far more comfortable for heavyweights Germany and Spain who put three past Turkey and Lithuania respectively. Goal machine Miroslav Klose and fashion icon Mesut Ozil scored for Germany, while Llorente (2) and Silva hit the target for Spain. (Getty Images/Daylife)
In other news, La Roja will surely be looking forward to Tuesday’s fixture against Scotland who operated an unsuccessful but novel 4-6-0 formation in their 1-0 defeat to the Czech Republic. Portugal also put three past Denmark, two from Nani and one from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Another interesting fixture to look out for on Tuesday is England vs. Montenegro. Under normal circumstances, the England NT would be expected to simply bolster their goal difference, but after their 1-0 victory against Switzerland at the weekend, Montenegro are top of Group G with a perfect nine points. With England suffering a number of injury withdrawals, this clash may not be as one sided as it looked on paper a few months ago. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Italy remain top of Group C despite a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland, while the Netherlands have a far more comfortable three point cushion atop Group E, having beaten Moldova 1-0. France continued their tentative resurgence after their World Cup shambles, a 2-0 victory over Romania placing them at the top of Group C. Lashes scored. Woo!
Well Kickettes? How was it for you? The football, that is.