2010 World Cup: Joe Cole at the double to ease England’s nerves; Scotland feel the heat in Macedonia; France & Romania in shock defeats

The goals from Andorra-England, Macedonia-Scotland, Slovakia-Northern Ireland and Wales-Azerbaijan can be seen here.

Andorra 0 – England 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Substitute Joe Cole got England off to a winning start after the Three Lions had played out a nervy opening half. The Chelsea winger got on the scoresheet on 49 minutes, volleying home a Lampard free-kick and on 55 minutes Cole poked home a Rooney through ball.

Macedonia 1 – Scotland 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Scotland’s campaign for World Cup qualification got off to bad start, Sedloski’s free-kick cannoned off the post (brilliant save) and Ilco Naumoski was first on the scene to beat Craig Gordon after just four minutes. The Scots were toothless in the first half (highlights here), James McFadden having their only real chance on target. Scotland improved after the break, Darren Fletcher missed a header while the Scots were unlucky not to be given a penalty when McFadden were both fouled in the box.

Austria 3 – France 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Goals by Marc Janko and Rene Aufhauser before the break put the hosts firmly in front but Sidney Govou got one back for France on the hour. A converted penalty by Andreas Ivanschitz in the 72nd minute finished off the scoring and France’s fate.

Croatia 3 – Kazakhstan 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) First-half goals from Kovac and Modric (great strike) and a second-half goal from Petric set up the Croats for the game with England on Wednesday.

Spain 1 – Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) The European Champions began their quest for World Cup glory with a 1-0 win over Bosnia. David Villa decided the tie when he received Cesc Fabregas’ pass, evaded advancing goalkeeper Kenan Hasagic before firing into the empty net from an acute angle in the 58th minute.

Cyprus 1 – Italy 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) The Azzuri scored first in the eighth minute when Di Natale struck a low, powerful shot from outside the box. Cyprus tied it in the 28th when Efstathios Aloneftis picked up a loose ball from a goalmouth scramble and sent it past Gianluigi Buffon. Di Natale got the winner in the second minute of injury time when he received a lob and fired the ball past goalkeeper Antonis Georgallidis from close range.

Romania 0 – Lithuania 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) An under-strengeth Romania suffered a shock defeat to minnows Lithuania. Marius Stankevicius opened the scoring for the visitors with a powerful 25-yard shot in the 31st minute. Saulius Mikoliunas added a second midway through the second half, before Mindaugas Kalonas scored the third after a swift counter-attack four minutes from time.

Israel 2 – Switzerland 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) The Swiss took the lead in the last minute of the first half when Yakin hit a 25-yard free-kick which bounced in off the crossbar and keeper. The Swiss extended their lead in the 56th minute when another Yakin free-kick allowed Nkufo to head in the second. Yossi Benayoun reduced the arrears in the 73rd minute when he picked up a low cross from Ben Sahar. And Ben Sahar earned Israel a draw two minutes into added time, latching on to a cross from Moshe Ohayon.

Poland 1 – Slovenia 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Poland got off to a flyer against Slovenia, Michal Zewlakow scored from the spot after 17 minutes. The visitors hit back just after the half hour, Dedic finished off a slick move.

Norway 2 – Iceland 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Steffen Iversen put Norway ahead from the penalty spot, three minutes later Helguson equalised, heading home a free-kick. Five minutes after the break Iversen put Norway back in front with a flicked header. Eidur Gudjohnson scored Iceland’s second equaliser of the night with a powerful free-kick.

Armenia 0 – Turkey 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Goals from Tuncay Sanli and Semih Senturk gave Turkey the victory.

Luxembourg 0 – Greece 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Torosidis got the opening goal, meeting a cross from Seitaridis with a powerful header. Gekas doubled the lead scoring into an empty net from a counter-attack, and Charisteas wrapped up the win from the spot.

Liechtenstein 0 – Germany 6 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Lukas Podolski struck twice for the Germans, while two goals in the space of a minute from Simon Rolfes and Bastian Schweinsteiger made the result certain for Germany. Thomas Hitzlsperger struck with a deflected free-kick and Heiko Westermann nodded in four minutes from time to complete the rout.

Montenegro 2 – Bulgaria 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) In the 11th minute Bulgaria’s Stilian Petrov passed defender Jovan Tanasijevic before shooting low from the edge of the area. Montenegro equalized in the 61st with a spectacular free-kick from Vucinic, and Vucinic won a penalty in the 80th which Stevan Jovetic calmly converted. But Bulgaria salvaged a late draw, Georgiev equalised in the second minute of injury time from 20 yards.

Malta 0 – Portugal 4 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Second-half strikes from Hugo Almeida, Simao Sabrosa and Nani rubber-stamped a first competitive win for coach Carlos Queiroz after Malta defender Brian Said had scored an own goal to give Portugal a 1-0 halftime lead.

Ukraine 1 – Belarus 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Ukraine scraped a victory over neighbours Belarus with an injury-time penalty from Andriy Shevchenko.

Serbia 2 – Faroe Islands 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008)

Bahrain 2 – Japan 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Shunsuke Nakamura put Japan into the lead at Bahrain with a stinging low free-kick. Endo doubled the lead a minute before the break from the spot. After Mohammed had been sent-off, Nakamura added the third with five minutes to go with a cracking left-footed strike before the home side put a gloss on the scoreline with goals from Isa and a Tanaka og.

Argentina 1 – Paraguay 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Paraguay took a shock lead against Argentina thanks to an og from Gabriel Heinze and it got worse for the home side when Carlos Tevez was sent-off on the half hour. Just after the hour mark, Sergio “Kun” Aguero levelled after Messi had played him in.

Colombia 0 – Uruguay 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Uruguay pulled off a hugely impressive win thanks to a headed goal from Eguren who dispatched a Forlan corner.

Ecuador 3 – Bolivia 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Alejandro Gomez was dismissed after committing two bookable offences in only 18 minutes and Ecuador went ahead two minutes later with a well-taken goal by Felipe Caicedo. The visitors stunned Ecuador five minutes before halftime when Joaquin Botero broke clear to score the equaliser. Ecuador regained the lead five minutes into the second half, Edison Mendez converting a penalty, and Benitez scored the third in the 72nd minute when he latched on to a long pass forward and tapped the ball into the net.

Peru 1 – Venezuela 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Piero Alva scored the winner seven minutes before halftime to take Peru off the bottom of the 10-team South American qualifying group.

Cuba 0 – USA 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Clint Dempsey scored the solitary goal five minutes before the beak.

Canada 1 – Honduras 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Adrian Serioux helped Canada to a very early lead, but a pair of goals in the second half from Ramon Nunez secured the advantage for Honduras, which earned three points and moved into second place in a group led by first-place Mexico.

Mexico 3 – Jamaica 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008) Guardado, Ruiz and Oliva got the goals for Sven’s side.

Saudi Arabia 1 – Iran 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008)

U.A.E. 1 – North Korea 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008)

Qatar 3 – Uzbekistan 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 6, 2008)


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