September 6th, 2010
Weekend Results: Good For You?
Hands up who ordered two sweaty Spanish boys? Images: Reuters, Getty Images via Daylife
It’s Euro 2012 qualifiers, Kickettes! Admittedly we were taken a touch by surprise; the office diary ‘system’ having only just caught up the start of the new domestic season, but we’ve had our morning caffeine hit (or ten) and are feeling just about excitable enough to run through the results before we crash. Gah!
Whether it was the stress of holding in the news that his bubba is a boy or the exhausting pressure of a new haircut holding him back, Fernando Torres appears to have finally figured out where the goal is once again. Having scored for Liverpool earlier this month, Nando struck two in Spain’s slightly one-sided qualifier against Liechtenstein. Daveeeeeds’ Villa and Silva took the other two, giving the World champs a handy 4-0 win.
The English press being what it is, Fabio Capello’s England side may have been pursued across the British countryside by grumpy people with sticks if they didn’t put on a decent show. Clearly this didn’t appeal to Gerrard and co (though it would have been serious fun for the rest of us) and although the team was seriously depleted through injury, they still managed to look pretty decent and put four past Bulgaria, including a hat trick from Jermaine Defoe (left).
Only downside? Michael Dawson (he of the famed peen) ending up on the turf with a nasty knee/ankle injury that is reported to be likely to keep him out of the Spurs side for two months.
Unfortunately, although the French NT were also threatened with death, doom and anything else to hand after their clownish antics in South Africa, they still managed to lose 1-0 to Belarus. Nicolas Anelka was not available for comment on rumours that Philippe Mexes’s piggie collapse (left) contributed directly to the defeat.
Italy appeared to be reproducing their woeful World Cup form in the early stages of their match against Estonia, going one down after half an hour. Fortunately, they were able to recover through goals by Antonio Cassano and Leonardo Bonucci and took away a much needed 2-1 victory.
Other highlights included World Cup finalists Netherlands whacking five past world whipping boys San Marino, Germany beating Belgium 1-0 and Portugal drawing 4-4 in a rather bizarre game against Cyprus.
New campaign, new start? Or same old, same old for your side, Kickettes? Let us know.