England 5 – Kazakhstan 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) In the 16th minute, Theo Walcott shot wide from outside the box as England struggled to get behind the Kazakhstan defence. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half, Rio Ferdinand headed England into the lead after the Kazakhstan keeper flapped at a corner from Lampard. Just over ten minutes later, England doubled their lead when Alexandr Kuchma headed in a Frank Lampard free-kick. The Borats pulled one back when Ashley Cole played a disastrous ball through for Zhambyl Kukeyev to slot home. Wayne Rooney restored England’s two-goal advantage, when he headed home a Wes Brown cross. With six minutes remaining, Wayne Rooney added his second and England’s fourth after the Kazakh defence again failed to deal with a cross from deep, this time from Beckham. Jermain Defoe added the fifth late on. (Second half highlights here.)
Scotland 0 – Norway 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) This game will be remembered for a shocking second half miss by Chris Iwelumo, who somehow managed to fire wide from two yards out in front of an open goal, minutes after coming on.
Germany 2 – Russia 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Germany came flying out the traps against Russia, storming into a eighth minute lead with a well worked opener. Schweinsteiger’s backheel fell into the path of Klose, he fed Podolski, and after a neat turn the Bayern striker hit his 31st goal for for his country. Germany then extended their lead after dominating the early stages, Schweinsteiger’s tidy cross in the box found Michael Ballack who turned the ball home at the back post. Jogi Low then took a load off as half time approached. (First half highlights here.) But after the break Phillip Lahm lost concentration and the ball to Anlukov, and the full back threaded a beautiful pass to Arshavin who pulled a goal back after the 51st minute. The Russians pressurised heavily in the final stages, but Gemrany hung on the record the win. (Second half highlights here.)
Romania 2 – France 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Raymond Domenech watched France give away a sloppy 5th minute opener away at Romania, a wayward pass deceived Boumsong and Florentin Petre stole in on the blindside to fire past Mandanda. And the French nightmare intensified 12 minutes later, Dorin Goian lost Alain Boumsong to head home a corner. Franck Ribery gave Les Bleus hope in the 36th minute, slotting home after a slick one-touch pass from Yoann Gourcuff in the build up. At the end of the first half, Boumsong delivered a kung-fu kick on Mutu, but he fortunately only got a booking. With half an hour to go Yoann Gourcuff grabbed a wonderful equaliser, collecting a pass from Ribery 35-yards from goal before letting rip with a thunderbolt that raced in via the underside of the bar. France went for the win, but Lobont made two fabulous saves from Henry and a follow-up to deny any hopes of a turnaround.
Wales 2 – Liechtenstein 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) David Edwards broke the deadlock with his first international goal after 42 minutes, slotting home a Simon Davies cut back. The home side struck again with 10 minutes remaining when visiting captain Mario Frick deflected in Ched Evans’s header. Wales could have been 2-0 up at the break but captain Craig Bellamy’s 44th minute penalty was saved by Peter Jehle.
Turkey 2 – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) After earning a free-kick tight on the left hand side, the ball was swung in the Turkish box and Dzeko headed Bosnia into the lead. After the break Turkey equalised with a set play of their own, Arda Turan the beneficiary for the hosts. And it was again from a set play that the Turks eventually won the game, Cetin was left alone deep at the back post, and his header was parried by keeper Hasagic into the path of Erding.
Bulgaria 0 – Italy 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Bulgaria and Italy were deadlocked heading into the latter stages of the match, Yankov fired a free-kick over the bar for the hosts while Gilardino’s free-kick was sent straight down the throat of Ivankov. De Rossi tried his luck from distance with a clean strike that sailed just over the bar, but in the end each side earned a point.
Holland 2 – Iceland 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Van der Vaart’s delicious left wing cross was gobbled up by Joris Mathijsen to give Holland a 15th minute advantage. Klass-Jan Huntelaar wrapped up the win with a clinical strike in the second half.
Belgium 2 – Armenia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Belgium’s Wesley Sonck struck early on against Armenia.
Poland 2 – Czech Republic 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) After well publicised problems, Polish football had something to smile about after Blaszczykowski’s determined run fell kindly to Pawel Brozak, and the Wisla striker fired past Petr Cech. After the break Poland added a classy second, Kuba Blaszczykowski was freed in the inside right channel and the forward charged down on goal before chipped the onrushing Cech. Fenin’s late goal was too little too late for the Czechs.
Greece 3 – Moldova 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Greece moved ahead of Moldova when a well worked free-kick was cleverly converted in the near post by Charisteas. And the hosts doubled the lead with a howitzer from Katsouranis that almost burst the back of the net.
Estonia 0 – Spain 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Juanito scored Spain’s opener at Estonia with a header. David Villa added a second from the spot and Carlos Puyol wrapped up the win nodding home after Torres’ header crashed against the bar.
Serbia 3 – Lithuania 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Buoyed by his recent debut for Chelsea, Branislav Ivanovic was in the right place to head Serbia ahead from a corner. Milos Krasic slammed home a second after consistent pressure, and giant Nikola Zigic turned home a cross eight minutes from time to complete the win.
Georgia 1 – Cyprus 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) After Constantinou opened for Cyprus, Kobiashvili levelled with a low left foot drive.
Hungary 2 – Albania 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Hungary grabbed the advantage after 49th minutes when frontman Torghelle met Huszti’s inch-perfect cross from the left to head home. The victory was complete nine minutes from time when Juhasz nodded in a cross from Buzsaky.
Ukraine 0 – Croatia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Croatia’s Ivica Olic came closest to a goal when his header from a 50th-minute corner struck the bar. Olic and Luka Modric also forced good saves from Ukraine keeper Pyatov.
Sweden 0 – Portugal 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Johan Elmander missed a hat-trick of first half chances as the match ended all square.
Argentina 2 – Uruguay 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Argentina’s two young attacking starlets both got on the scoresheet in the opening stages against Uruguay. Lionel Messi stooped at the back post to head in the first, and Kun Aguero was in the right place to drive home the second. But the visitors got themselves back in the game when Lugano scored six minute before the break. (First-half highlights here.)
Bolivia 3 – Peru 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Joaquin Botero hit an early brace for Bolivia against Peru, nodding home a simple opener before heading home a free-kick after 16 minutes. (First-half highlights here.) Garcia smashed home a stunning 25-yarder on the angle to complete the victory.
Colombia 0 – Paraguay 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Paraguay maintained their hold on top spot in South American qualification thanks to Salvador Cabanas’ quick thinking, catching keeper Julio off guard and scoring with a swerving 30-yard shot from near the touchline in the ninth minute.
Senegal 1 – Gambia 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Mangane gave Senegal the lead with a scrappy opener.
Morocco 4 – Mauritania 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008)
Liberia 0 – Algeria 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008)
Honduras 3 – Canada 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) Walter Martinez opened the scoring for Honduras, but Andrew Hainault equalised after Friend’s header hit the crossbar then bounced off the onrushing Hainault’s thigh into the goal. But Carlo Costly’s long-range rocket into the top right corner beat Hirschfeld in the 65th minute and Hendry Thomas rubbed salt in the wound with a close-range header in injury time.
Guatemala 0 – Trinidad & Tobago 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008)
Jamaica 1 – Mexico 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 11, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Ricardo Fuller scored the only goal to stun Sven-Goran Eriksson‘s team, picking up a pass at midfield, dribbling past two defenders before firing a 20-yard shot into the roof of the net in the 14th minute.