Wales sucker-punch Scotland with 2-1 win at Hampden

Scotland 1 – Wales 2 (World Cup Qualifying, March 22, 2013) Grant Hanley rose highest to give Scotland the lead just before half time. Aaron Ramsey equalised from the spot and Hal Robson-Kanu completed the turnaround two minutes later. Blog: Aaron Ramsey cynically drags down James McArthur in the 94th minute of Scotland 1 – Wales […]

Spain held to shock 1-1 draw at home to Finland

Spain 1 – Finland 1 (World Cup Qualifying, March 22, 2013) Sergio Ramos celebrated his centenary by heading Spain into a 1-0 lead. Teemu Pukki equalised for Finland from a counter attack. Wapa! Andres Iniesta’s wonderful scooped through ball for Cesc 

France take big step towards qualification with 3-1 over Georgia

France 3 – Georgia 1 (World Cup Qualifying, March 22, 2013) Olivier Giroud headed France in front on the stroke of half time. Mathieu Valbuena scored a fantastic half volley to make it 2-0. Franck Ribery produced a fine finish to make it 3-0. Aleksander Kobakhidze scored a consolation goal for Georgia Didier Deschamps post-match interview

Van Persie & Van der Vaart lead Holland past Estonia

Holland 3 – Estonia 0 (World Cup Qualifying, March 22, 2013) Rafael van der Vaart hit a shot on the spin which finished in the bottom corner to give Holland the lead. Robin van Persie poached a second goal for the Dutch. Ruben Schaken added a third for the Oranje.

The Irish earn valuable point with 0-0 draw in Sweden

Sweden 0 – Ireland 0 (World Cup Qualifying, March 22, 2013) Man of the Match James McCarthy post-match interview Giovanni Trapattoni (and Manuela) post-match interview Blog: RTE panel’s typically epic analysis of Sweden 0 – Ireland 0

Yarmolenko scores after 2 minutes in Ukraine’s 3-1 win in Poland

Poland 1 – Ukraine 3 (World Cup Qualifying, March 22, 2013) Andriy Yarmolenko gave Ukraine the lead after just 2 minutes, cutting in from the right to hit a left-footed strike into the far corner. Oleh Gusev doubled Ukraine’s lead with a low strike from just outside the area. Lukasz Piszczek pulled one back for Poland.

Romania equalise in injury time to snatch draw 2-2 draw with Hungary

Hungary 2 – Romania 2 (World Cup Qualifiers, March 22, 2013) Vilmos Vanczack headed Hungary in front. Adrian Mutu equalised from the spot for Romania. Dzsudzsak pulled Hungary back in front. Alexandru Chipciu equalised in injury time to rescue a point for Romania.

Slovakia held at home by Lithuania

Slovakia 1 – Lithuania 1 (World Cup Qualifying, March 22, 2013) Juraj Kucka somehow didn’t give Slovakia the lead, heading over from a yard out. Darvydas Sernas made Slovakia play by giving Lithuania a shock lead. Martin Jakubko equalised for Slovakia with a well executed overhead kic.

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