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.

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75 Responses to “Weekend Results: Euro 2012 Qualifiers”

  1. Annie says:

    niko is so cutee..i love him so much….my croatian boyyy :) ))

  2. HiL says:

    I was present in those two Niko goals :)
    I'm Israeli but to be honest i went to the game just to see those awesome Croatian guys play in real life XD

    Niko was on fire.

  3. Izzy says:

    YAY SPAIN!!!!!!

  4. ThatWelshOne says:

    What about mentioning my little national team? With such delights at Gareth Bale and the currently absent Aaron Ramsey? Is it because we are embarrassingly bad? Ah well. I still gotta a lot of love for my beautiful team.

  5. olivia says:

    Lashes scored. should've come with picture?

  6. @DebStimson says:

    Why do I always feel so badly for a team that gets beaten that badly?! :{

  7. @DebStimson says:

    Just lovely weren't they.

    Oddly, the Barca website gave one of his assists to Cazorla. Guess they were watching a different game?!

  8. IrishBlue says:

    My poor boys in green….come on boys step it up against Slovakia tomorrow night pleeeeeease?! This long ball game tactic is just not good enough, we're not exactly Spain but a bit more passing would be nice rather than just hoofing the ball down the pitch. And for my lovely Kevin Doyle you're a big miss to the team for tomorrow's match and you better be fit for Chelsea's game against Wolves in two weeks cos I'm gonna be there and I want photos!

  9. Josie says:

    sotland/spain game tomorrow!!! im so excited!!
    even though im scottish… i'll be supporting spain :)

  10. Taskeen says:

    I was sad to have missed the spain match, but thankfully there's another tomorrow!!:) i did enjoy watching the pretty Italians though, marco definitely had it going o0on. Goalless draw was pretty disappointing, but italy was strong and entertained

  11. xbabyshakesx says:

    YOU GO SILVA!!!
    You are awesome!
    I've been blessed to have watch you make a goal every time you are put in action.
    keep me proud and smiling!
    <3333333

  12. Pique_Xavi says:

    Spain, España, La Roja, or Factory of Hot Football Players (this one might just be me). However you choose to call them, they did good. Yes, Cescy, Torres, and my Xavi were missed but there are others who can not only look good like Llorente but that can score. You gotta love a team whose "bench warmers" are as best as any other so called first team. But sadly on my part of the world there were way too many 0-0… no goals no smiles. At least my Sunday was filled with hot goalkeeper because seeing Memo Ochoa no having much work yesterday but still getting lots of camera time was a pleasure for me as was seeing J.J. Corona. Tomorrow will be fun Mexico and Spain both have matches, yay!!! Though I think Vela is going to be missed regardless what people say about him.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      It feels weird every time Xavi don´t play. I don´t want to get used to that :( .

      • Pique_Xavi says:

        Yes, its weird when he's on the bech even worse when he's not there at all :( I don't want that either!!!

    • senora ramos says:

      i missed the match :( (america that is), but saw the scoreline. no good!! lol, now i have spain, mexico and usmnt to watch tomorrow!

      and no xavi made me sad as well

    • @DebStimson says:

      I watched the America game too. I kept hoping for more action down by the America game just so they would zoom in on Ochoa :p

      • Pique_Xavi says:

        Ha ha ha its sucks but sometimes I do too. I just love it when he throws himself around when its obviously not neccesary but well like by yours truly :) I love that guy. I even stop whatever it is I'm doing when I see one of his commercials, lol. I love that he is such a motivator for his team. The only one who stood up and gave Chicharito some props in his goal against Argentina in the WC…

  13. Zinny says:

    Lovely as always, seeing all my boys again! I wish a bit worried about Sergio's injury (the one to his leg and the one to his repuation…what was that all about?) but I heard he's alright to play against Scotland.

    As much as I respect and admire Fernando Llorente, I hope that he doesn't permanentely replace Nando in the squad. Torres, despite this nightmare of a year, he is a player who deserves to be on La Roja! I would actually like to see the two Fernandos play together.

    • @DebStimson says:

      "and the one to his repuation" what'd I miss?

      Agreed about the two Fernando's. Could you imagine how deadly Spain would be with two big strikers on the team? I love Villa but his size definitely is a negative sometimes. I bet it was killing Torres to watch his replacement getting 2 of the goals.

  14. SylviaC1 says:

    Hahahahaha fashion icon Ozil…. i love that ^^

  15. Amy King says:

    Waheyyy well done Niko <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 iLoveyou! <3<3

  16. finlandfan says:

    shame they're going to be trashed by finland tomorrow in helsinki!

  17. Deanna says:

    I had been fantasizing about Silva for 3 days and then he scored that wonderful header! He is one of the shortest men on the pitch and it was BEAUTIFUL! Rigt in the top corner. Love that the tallest and one of the smallest players both scored on Spain. All smiles from over here. :D

    • @DebStimson says:

      I thought it was funny how David Villa started taking more shots once he saw that others were getting the goals and not him. Poor guy felt left out!

  18. @LizB18 says:

    lol… Mirko took his pants off again. So not surprised. Gotta love him <3 :D

  19. LosAngeleno says:

    Yayyyy for Croatia!!! I've been so distracted by the Spanish NT lately that I've completely forgotten the team that got me into football in the first place (really missed them in South Africa). Also extra happy, of course, for Spain. In fact, I was rudely late for a dinner party in hopes of major shirt removal (thanks a lot ESPN3 for cutting the feed short!).

    • @DebStimson says:

      lol…I feel your pain! I keep waiting for the absolute last of the broadcast just HOPING that they show the shirt exchanges, etc. Guess they forget there's women watching the matches :

    • Izzy says:

      OMG i know what you mean!!! isn't frustrating for you to look forward to the shirt removal and they either cut it short or zoom in on someone else, someone who still has their shrit on! jeeesh!

  20. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Happy for Spain! And for Mesut, actually. It was awesome that he scored though he was booed at throughout the game. The guy is born and raised in Germany, of course Germany is his home country. He is no less dignified than Altintop, that choose to play for Turkey.

    Anyway, i´m biting my nails for my Sweet Swedes and their game tomorrow against Holland!! You show them Zlats!!

    • Pique_Xavi says:

      Yes I don't agree with people who choose to boo people who play for your team specially when its your national team. The kid has lots of potential to become someone important. Though I think people are mad at him because towards the end of the WC he didn't perform as great as he had in the past matches. I do love watching him play.

      • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

        Me too. He moves beautifully.

      • aps says:

        he was being booed by the turkish fans that were there, not the German fans.

      • @DebStimson says:

        I thought it was the Turkish fans who were booing him? They're just sour cuz they know they could really use his help!

        • Pique_Xavi says:

          Yes, sorry I reread my comment. What I was trying to say was that it was uncalled for because he it was his choice to be with Germany but in a way he always represents his Turkish side. But I did hear that some people also had trouble with him playing for Germany that's why that came out that way. In my national team we have "give the opportunity to the born here first" attitude which I hate. As Mexicans we move away in search of a better future. At least that's why my dad moved up to the states and later on I became a citizen so I know its not an easy choice to take the oath to become a citizen of another country. And yes, jealousy can be a bad thing, people should just let him be that I'm sure has gone through hard times to get to where he is now all alone without those people who booed him so they really don't have a reason to "claim him".

          • canederli says:

            I was completely appalled at how badly they treated him. I couldn't believe the stuff that people were putting on his Facebook. They were so brutal. He's 100% class though. For someone so young, he was calm, mature and focused. I give him a lot of credit. Having 40,000 people slagging you off can't be fun. I hope that's he's feeling well enough to play tomorrow. He's such a gorgeous player (and my boo!) – it's a pleasure to watch him in action. I bet he will be pleased to get back to Madrid where the focus is more on his playing and less on his nationality.

            • Pique_Xavi says:

              You're so right. Some of these players are so young. I know a lot of people say that at age 20+ they are men but psychologically they are not. Men don't mature at the same rate and football players often lead different lives. Some get use to harsh criticism but others don't or can't handle it well. They give so much but if they make one mistake some fans turn on them and is shocking to me is they expect them all to be perfect all the time. Same thing happened to Messi and his own birth country and until recently he wasn't loved and he said he felt so bad about that and he wished they realized he loves his country. Poor guys I feel for them.

          • @DebStimson says:

            agreed. That's one thing that I've never really understood about soccer outside of the US…the frequent booing of certain players or a teams style of play, etc. I mean some of these guys that are getting booed are still kids or very young adults.

            The thing that most people in the US don't realize/remember is that ALL of our ancestors (with the exception of the "Native Americans") immigrated to the US to make a better life for themselves and their families, whether it was out of religious prosecution or whatever. I guess there are closed-minded people everywhere. *smh*

            • Pique_Xavi says:

              Yes, so much hatred. Its weird to me that growing up you get the "be proud of your ancestry" "you came from here", and yet you judge people by telling them they shouldn't do something that your ancestors did for the future of children not born yet. Just saw this in a mexican team. A guy gave a penalty straight to the keepers hands and whenever he touch the ball his fans booed him. Oh, but as soon as he scored he got on his knees, I guess to say forgive me, and they were happy again. If having great skill and scoring was easy football wouldn't be that fun and we wouldn't have people to admire. If it were me I would be more like, wow Germany is good because they also have Ozil. I'm so proud of my Mexicans abroad even if at home guys like Chicharito is a Chiva my teams rival, lol.

  21. SoccerLoverrrr says:

    Hot damn! Nikoo is fyyyyyyneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! i cannot stop staring *drools*

  22. Bri says:

    So happy for my portuguese boys!!! Nani!!!! How awesome was his second goal? We are neck deep in more trouble than I want to acknowledge so that win was crucial…missed B. Alves a ton though. Also…Ronnie needs a medal for how many times he can hit the goal post but not score.

    • @DebStimson says:

      "Ronnie needs a medal for how many times he can hit the goal post but not score. "

      rofl! You have to admit that the goalie did rob him of one or two goals tho.

      • Bri says:

        definitely, he had some AMAZING saves…props to him i suppose even if it meant fewer goals for us

  23. MadridistaJenn says:

    España played great and the crowd was amazing (wish I was there)! All headers, too!
    I did get a little nervous when The Ramos was limping–I was having another "nurse Sergio back to health fantasy".*Sigh*
    Unfortunately, I missed all the other NT games.

    • gin_in_teacups says:

      You're reading my mind girl. I went into a bit of a panic over Sergio's injury but immedately my mind went to all the things I wish I could do to distract him :-P

  24. CarmenFoxe says:

    awww well done Llorente and well done Lashes! And I have big love for Klose, I dunno why. Him and his wife just seem like nice people :)

  25. Emma says:

    No pictures of my super tight shirt wearing love Llorente?????? Sad =(

  26. missbubbles says:

    NIKOoooooooo and Yoooooooooooo…..both of them were great!!! Im sooo proud!!! And for the last time, Niko is totally F5 material XD

  27. Jackie says:

    All I have to say is that I was so happy France won! Hope they keep it up. xD

  28. littlegirl says:

    0-0…a good Italy at the end of the match, but sometimes i want to see some good goals,( possibly from Marchisio)…

  29. DeeRoma says:

    I watched the Italy game and was a bit frustrated. Hopefully, tomorrow's game will not be scoreless and somehow result in a win. Just a little note for Prandelli though: for the love of God do not make Pepe an attacker….

    Ok, no DDR tomorrow due to a muscle injury. I still have faith Italy will pull through. Possibly for an ugly win but a win nonetheless.

  30. Sara P says:

    agreed…the assists were awesome.

    As far as the USMNT…there weren't ever any close ups of Boca! Dude! Don't they know why we watch these games?

    • DeeRoma says:

      It was on FSC. They don't understand the needs of women. The next US game is on ESPN2. Here's hoping they know Boca shots are needed.

      • sarrible says:

        Sadly, Boca won't be there. But at least this time I'll get to watch the game in English—I don't get FSC, so I watched it on Galavision. But I don't speak Spanish. So that was interesting.

        • DeeRoma says:

          Sigh. You will be missed, Boca. I watch the Italy games on RAI. I make up my own translations which are infinitely more amusing.

          • sarrible says:

            It was pretty amusing when the announcers kept calling our #11 "Estuart Hol-DEN." They also had some trouble with "Cherundolo" and "Feilhaber." But they really liked saying "Maureesaydoo." It was kind of a hilarious experience, especially when I turned on the TV the next morning and it was all lucha libre, all the time.

            • DeeRoma says:

              Yeah, I can imagine!

            • @DebStimson says:

              I LOVE the commentators on the Spanish channels. I still don't know a lot of what's being said but I have picked up quite a few things just by watching it.

              My favorite is "Captain America LD" or when they say the players FULL name (i.e. David Robert Joseph Beckham). They also had a blast with Shabalala from the S. African team.

  31. Lashesette says:

    Just wondering why that fine piece of sweaty gentleman from Croatia is wearing that much cloth after a score/win, when he obviously is hot??

  32. Vanessa says:

    Your "Lashes scored" link actually links to the previous Netherlands-Moldova match article. Love this blog nonetheless, Kickette!

  33. senora ramos says:

    excited for spain. llorente's brace was great!! the goal scored by lithuania, not so much. and my bebe is the youngest spaniard to get 70 caps!! congrats sergio!

    noneuro qual, but usmnt played well. a bit unlucky with the 2-2 draw, can't wait til tues! come on you yanks!!!

    • Rebeca says:

      sergio's two assists were beautifulllll

      • Bri says:

        Especially the last one, it was textbook and I loved it!!!! But then he started limping…did not love that at all.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      Sergio was great!

      • @DebStimson says:

        except I think that was his man that scored. looks like Sergio was trying for the offsides call but…fail!

        At least he made up for it with 2 assists….and yes I was a bit worried when he limped off. His twitter (FB?) comment was that he should be fine for Tuesday's match.