England’s young guns qualify for the U21 European Championship play-offs

England 2 – Portugal 0 (European U21 Championship qualifier, September 5, 2008) James Milner converted a 44th-minute penalty won by Fabrice Muamba to give Stuart Pearce’s side the edge at half time. After the break Gabi Agbonlahor showed his trademark pace to fire the second in a victory that ensures England finish convincing winners of Group Three.

Italy 1 – Greece 1 (European U21 Championship qualifier, September 5, 2008) Italy’s latest sensation, Inter’s Mario Balotelli fired the Azzuri into the lead, crashing home a volley after the Greek defence failed to clear a cross. In the second half Greece drew level with a fine strike of their own, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scored a fine solo goal to score from 25-yards out.

Germany 3 – Northern Ireland 0 (European U21 Championship qualifier, September 5, 2008) Bayern’s wunderkid Toni Kroos gave the Germans the lead with a delicious free-kick, Halfar made it 2-0 at the break scoring from a rebound. Aogo added the third with a low drive in the 61st minute.

France 5 – Malta 0 (European U21 Championship qualifier, September 5, 2008) France were out of sight by halftime, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (who was dismissed moments later) and Yohan Cabaye established a 3-0 at the break. Frederic Nimani netted a brace in the second half.

Russia 4 – Georgia 0 (European U21 Championship qualifier, September 5, 2008) Days after the end of the war between Russia and Georgia, the two nations faced off on the football pitch with Russia dominating their neighbours. Nababkin and Prudnikov gave Russia the advantage at the break with Prudnikov (again) and Salugin completing the rout in the second half.

Croatia 4 – Albania 0 (European U21 Championship qualifier, September 5, 2008)

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Algeria 3 – Senegal 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2008) Following a goalless first half, Faye broke the deadlock in the 54th minute to give Senegal the lead. But the North Africans turned the game on its head within a 12 minute spell. Bezzaz levelled the match with a deflected shot, Saifi was given the freedom of the box to head Algeria ahead, and Yahia added the third with a header from a corner. Sonko grabbed a consolation for Senegal.

Libya 1 – Ghana 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2008) It was a bad night for the Black Stars, and Michael Essien individually, who was forced off midway through the first half with an injury. Eventually, after going close on several occasions, the Greens won the game with a well-worked goal from experienced striker Ahmed Osman capitalising on some poor defending.

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South Korea 1 – Jordan 0 (Friendly, September 5, 2008) Lee Chung-Yong bagged his first international goal early in the first half to help his team win its last test before the final qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup.

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U.N.A.M. 3 – Harbour View 0 (CONCACAF Champions League, September 4, 2008)

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Brasiliense 3 – Ceara 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, September 5, 2008)