Denmark 1 – Sweden 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) The Battle of Scandinavia was settled by Jakob Poulsen arrowed low 20-yarder 12 minutes from that confirmed Denmark’s qualification to the World Cup.
Portugal 3 – Hungary 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Cristiano Ronaldo set up Portugal’s opener against Hungary, a tap-in from Simao after the keeper had spilled a cross, only for C-Ron to withdraw himself minutes later due to his ankle injury. Portugal sowed up victory midway through the second half, Liedson headed in number two before Simao crashed home a back post volley to kill the contest.
Russia 0 – Germany 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Russia started brightly against Germany in their crunch match, Vladimir Bystrov failing to score after a delightful through-ball by Ashavin. And Russia were made to pay for their missed chances as Miroslav Klose slid home a Ozil cross past reported Manchester United target Igor Akinfeev ten minutes from the break. The Russian tried valiantly to equalise after the break, and in the final stages Bystrov had a strong penalty appeal turned down before Ballack and Arshavin had a coming together in the German box.
Serbia 5 – Romania 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Nikola Zigic started the party when he headed home to give the hosts the lead on 37 minutes. Five minutes after the restart, Marko Pantelic gave Serbia a decisive two-goal lead and a powerful volley from Zdravko Kuzmanovic added a third. Cristian Chivu was shown the red card late in the game as the visitors slumped to their fourth defeat of the campaign. There was still time for Serbia to score again as Milan Jovanovic struck on 86 minutes and then again in stoppage time to complete the rout.
Finland 2 – Wales 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) The hosts took the lead when Hennessey parried Johansson’s shot and Roni Porokara tapped in before David Vaughan’s cross saw Craig Bellamy equalise ten minutes later. A late goal from Niklas Moisander saw Finland complete the double over Wales in this World Cup qualifier.
Belgium 2 – Turkey 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Emile Mpenza proved the star of the night, the striker scoring after eight minutes and then bagging a second after the break to seal a rare Belgium win.
Estonia 0 – Bosnia 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Bosnian goal-scoring machine Edin Dzeko found the target after 32 minutes, a simple header from 6-yards out, to give the visitors the lead in Estonia. Bosnia killed the game when Hoffenheim forward Veded Ibisevic was freed in the box, rounded the keeper and slotted in number two.
Greece 5 – Latvia 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Greece started on the front foot as Theofanis Gekas opened after for minutes. Latvia hit back with a wonderful bicycle kick from Maris Verpakovskis after the host bungled a clearance. Verpakovskis then netted his second to put Latvia in a surprise lead at the break. A Gekas penalty minutes after the restart restored parity and Gekas then completed his hat-trick with a well-directed header to turn the match in the Greeks’ favour. The Greeks saved the best till last, Giorgos Samaras collecting a corner at the near post before teeing himself up for a acrobatic overhead-kick. Gekas then chalked up his amazing fourth of the game to complete the rout.
Czech Republic 2 – Poland 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Tomas Necid punctured the Polesâ€™ resistance on 51 minutes when he collected Tomas Rosicky’s pass and fired in. Plasil doubled the Czech’s advantage in the 73rd minute to keep alive their hopes of South Africa.
Austria 2 – Lithuania 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Giant Austrian striker Mark Janko opened the scoring with Lithuania by latching onto a hoof upfield, controlling expertly and rifling a bullet into the roof of the net. (First half highlights here.) Marius Stankevicius pulled the visitors’ level with a fine header, but a Roman Wallner penalty soon after restored Austria’s advantage.
Slovakia 0 – Slovenia 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) The opening goal of the game came just before the hour when Valter Birsa struck for the visitors and the win was wrapped up in the final minute when Nejc Pecnik pounced.