England 5 – Croatia 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) England won a penalty after six minutes after Aaron Lennon was hacked down in the box and Frank Lampard netted his second back-to-back penalty with ease. Wembley erupted for the second time in the 17th minute as Lennon, free as a bird down the right, had time to pick out Steven Gerrard in the box and the Liverpool captain headed home number two. (First half highlights here.) Glen Johnson showed his attacking class just before the hour mark, working the right hand side and picking out Frank Lampard who headed in number three. Steven Gerrard confirmed England’s qualification to South Africa with yet another header, before Arsenal’s Eduardo denied Robert Green a clean sheet scooping the ball home from close range. Croatia’s humiliation was completed when their keeper fluffed a kick into Wayne Rooney’s path and he calmly scored into the open net. (Second half highlights here.) John Terry and Frank Lampard post match interview can be seen here.
Scotland 0 – Holland 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) The Dutch deserved to take the lead after tearing through the Scots with a series of slick passes only for Dirk Kuyt to see his 20-yard effort cannon off the post to safety. The Scots were next to find the woodwork as Gary Naysmith cracked a shot against the post and Kenny Miller saw his follow up superb saved by Utrecht goalie Michel Vorm. Nine minutes from time tragedy struck, a terrible attempted header from David Weir dropped straight into the lap of Eljero Elia and the talented upstart had little trouble walking the ball into the net.
Northern Ireland 0 – Slovakia 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Stanislav Setsak tapped home a Vladimir Weiss cross and Filip Holosko added a powerful second on 67 minutes. Northern Ireland look unlikely to make the World Cup and must win their final game at the Czech Republic to have any chance.