England U21’s scrape past Wales and qualify for Euro 2009; AC Milan lose in Albania

England 2 – Wales 2 (Agg. 5-4) (U21 Euro 2009 qualifier, second-leg, October 14, 2008) Stuart Pearce’s side took the lead through a Tom Huddlestone free-kick. Only for Aaron Ramsey to give Wales real hope with a fantastic equaliser through a long range strike and then the Arsenal man played in Simon Church who put them ahead with his third goal of the tie. England hit back with an og from Sam Vokes which left the game all square at the break. Despite Tom Huddlestone’s sending off midway through the second period for a 50-50 challenge, Wales could not get the goal that would have levelled the tie.

Finland 2* – Austria 1 (Pens. 4-2) (Agg. 3-3) (U21 Euro 2009 qualifier, second-leg, October 14, 2008) The Finns were trailing 3-1 on aggregate with ten minutes remaining, yet they forced extra time thanks to a brace from substitute Jussi Vasara. Goalkeeper Tomi Maanoja then took over as hero in the penalty shoot-out, saving two Austrian attempts as the hosts prevailed 4-2.

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Bolivia 2 – Uruguay 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2008) Marcelo Martins opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a low shot into the corner of the net. Marcelo Martins then doubled Bolivia’s lead, thanks in part to slack defending when he slipped his marker and scored with a free header just before the break. Uruguay’s fightback began when Carlos Bueno rose between two defenders to head in Silva’s cross. And they equalised when Sebastian Abreu rose at the far post to head in a curling cross from the left.

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France 3 – Tunisia 1 (International friendly, October 14, 2008) Tunisian forward Issam Jemaa exploited terrible defending from Jean-Alain Boumsong to put the visitors ahead with a low angled shot that squeezed through Mandanda’s legs after half an hour. France levelled 10 minutes later with a superb goal from Thierry Henry, who fired into the top corner from just outside the box after a one-two with Yoann Gourcuff. And Henry was on target again three minutes into the second half, before Karim Benzema wrapped up the victory with a strike from the edge of the area.

Portugal 0 – Ukraine 1 (U21 International friendly, October 14, 2008) Ukraine stole the victory in the 90th minute as Valeriy Fedorchuk stole across the near post to steer home the winner.

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FK Tirana 2 – AC Milan 1 (Friendly, October 14, 2008) Xhafa put Tirana ahead, beating Christian Abbiati with a great volley. Matters got worse for Milan when Inzaghi was forced off injured before the break. And it the second half the woes continued for the Rossoneri, Musaka doubled the lead with a stunning strike which went in just under the crossbar. Ronaldinho pulled a goal back in injury time, but AC could not find an equaliser against the Albanian minnows.

Austria Vienna 3 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Friendly, October 10, 2008) The hosts held a 3-1 lead over Dortmund heading into the last 10 minutes of the match. But the Bundesliga outfit drew level, firstly through Yasin Oztekin before Bajram Sadrijaj hit a beautiful 85th minute leveller, looping a volley into the top corner from outside the box.

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Ceara 1 – Barueri 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, October 14, 2008)