England’s young guns edge out Slovenia; Olympics semi-finals: Argentina humiliate Brazil & Nigeria thrash Belgium

England 2 – Slovenia 1 (Under-21 friendly, August 19, 2008) Etien Velikonja put Slovenia ahead in the twelfth minute. Micah Richards equalised from close range in the 25th minute and James Milner grabbed the win with a fine shot ten minutes later.

Slovakia 2 – France 2 (Under-21 friendly, August 19, 2008)

Portugal 2 – Czech Republic 3 (Under-21 friendly, August 19, 2008) Veloso put the home side in front in the fourth minute, Holek equalised midway through the first-half. Barbosa put Portugal in front again just before half-time before two goals in three minutes midway through the second period from Strestik (pen) and Razniceck gave the Czechs the win.

Moldova 1 – Germany 0 (Under-21 European Championship qualifier, August 19, 2008) A comic own goal from defender Aogo, dollying a header past his own keeper, gave Moldova and unlikely win.

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Argentina 3 – Brazil 0 (Olympics semi-final, August 19, 2008) In the big South American derby, Dunga started without Pato or Thiago Neves and his Brazil side looked toothless as they played out a goalless first half. After the break Argentina grew in confidence, and Sergio Aguero finally broke the deadlock when he got his body on the end of a powerful cross from Di Maria. Aguero, who had previously failed to score in China, then added his and Argentina’s second, standing in the right place to turn home a right wing cross. Dunga threw on Pato and Neves in despair, but it was all Argentina and Juan Roman Riquelme added a third from the spot after Aguero had been felled. Having never won the Olympics, Brazil then disgraced themselves in the closing stage having Lucas and Neves sent off. Dunga’s job hangs by a thread.

Nigeria 4 – Belgium 1 (Olympics semi-final, August 19, 2008) Nigeria drew first blood against Belgium, working the ball from a corner, and when the shot finally came in Adefemi was on hand to stroke the ball home. The Super Eagles went from strength to strength, and added the second after the break when Anichebe crossed into Obasi (offside) to side-foot home. Anichebe was soon guilty of a shocking miss, but that was soon forgotten as Obasi smacked in a stunning third from 25 yards. Looking like they were able to score on every attack, Okonkwo hit a fine fourth as his shot went in off the post. Ciman whacked in a fierce free-kick to salvage some pride for the Belgiums.

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Australia 2 – South Africa 2 (Friendly, August 19, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Nkosi gave South Africa a 21st minute lead in the game at Loftus Road, collecting a back-heel flick from McCarthy to beat goalkeeper Schwarzer. But Sterjovski lobbed a quick equaliser for Australia and Kennedy headed in a Bresciano free-kick in the 37th minute to put the Socceroos ahead. Modise rifled home a second half equaliser to earn South Africa a draw.

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Defensor Sporting 2 – Libertad 1 (Copa Sudamericana, August 19, 2008)

Arsenal Sarandi 4 – CD Motagua 0 (Copa Sudamericana, August 19, 2008)