VIDEO: Portugal scrape a draw in Denmark; Kaladze twice puts through his net in Italy win; Scotland keep World Cup dreams alive; Brazil stun Argentina in Rosario; England do just enough to beat Solvenia

Scotland 2 – Macedonia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) After a nervy opening 45 in which the Tartan Army were second best, Celtic midfielder Scott Brown headed Scotland into an early second half lead and James McFadden scored a fine solo second, bursting through the Macedonian defence and putting the game to bed. (George Burley and Scott Brown’s post match interviews can be seen here and here.)

Cyprus 1 – Ireland 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Kevin Doyle gave the visitors the lead with a low strike after five minutes, but Cyprus hit back with Marios Elia collecting the ball after a fortunate ricochet to fire across Shay Given into the corner. Robbie Keane headed in Damien Duff’s cross seven minutes from time as Ireland held on to second place in the group behind Italy.

Poland 1 – Northern Ireland 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Striker Kyle Lafferty collected a ball from David Healy to fire the ball through Poland keeper Artur Boruc’s legs as Northern Ireland stormed into a first half lead. Poland eventually levelled ten minutes from time as Mariusz Lewandowski scored from close-range after being teed-up by Pawel Brozek.

Spain 5 – Belgium 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) David Villa surprisingly missed a first half penalty before David Silva put the European champions ahead. David Villa got on the scoresheet early in the second half, Gerard Pique added the third, David Silva scored again before Villa also claimed his brace in a comfortable victory.

France 1 – Romania 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) After a goalless first half in Paris, Thierry Henry found himself in the right place at the right time to prod Les Bleus into the lead. The lead didn’t last long as Julien Escude netted an own goal to bring Romania level.

Denmark 1 – Portugal 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Portugal went into the break pig-sick at Denmark after dominating a must-win game but failing to net an opener, Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner did superbly well to chest a cross in the box and crashed a shot into the roof of the net moments before the halftime whistle. Portugal salvaged a point, and potentially their World Cup hopes, four minutes from time as their new Brazilian (naturalised) ringer Liedson equalised on debut.

Georgia 0 – Italy 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze had an absolute nightmare against his Italian peers, the defender heading a hopeful hoof into the box past his own keeper for the opener and then poor Kaladze put through his own net for a second time in the 67th minute.

Hungary 1 – Sweden 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Sweden kept their World Cup hopes alive with a last-gasp win in Hungary. Olof Mellberg scored in the eighth minute but a Szabolcs Huszti penalty 10 minutes from time looked like ending the match in stalemate. But, for once, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored at exactly the right moment as the Barca forward claimed an injury time winner.

Slovakia 2 – Czech Republic 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Stanislav Sestak put the Slovaks ahead in the 60th minute by tapping in a cross from Robert Vittek from close range, but Daniel Pudil equalised eight minutes later when he had just Slovakia goalkeeper Jan Mucha to beat with a low shot after collecting a pass from Jiri Stajner. Marek Hamsik scored from the spot in the 73rd minute but substitute Milan Baros had the last word heading in an equaliser six minutes from time.

Croatia 1 – Belarus 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Ivan Rakitic saw his speculative 30-yard shot take a deflection en route to goal as Croatia took a 24th minute lead over Belarus.

Russia 3 – Liechtenstein 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) After dominating the early stages against Liechtenstein, it was little surprise when Vasili Berezutski fired Russia in front after 17 minutes. After toying with their opponents for the remainder of the half Roman Pavyuchenko was able to double the lead from the spot five minutes from the break before the Spurs hitman slotted home his second spot-kick with virtually the last kick of the half. In the second half Pavlyuchenko took it upon himself to lead a dumb pitch invader off the turf.

Bulgaria 4 – Montenegro 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Remember the name. Fiorentina’s 19-year-old Montenegrin wunderkid Stevan Jovetic rifled home a 25-yard thunderbolt to hand the visitors the lead in Sofia. On the stroke of halftime Radostin Kishishev fired home a low drive to equalise, and after the interval Dimitar Berbatov teed up Dimitar Telkiyski to put Bulgaria in the driver’s seat. Berbatov added a late penalty and Valeri Domovchiyski wrapped up the points at the death.

Turkey 4 – Estonia 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After Voskoboinikov gave Estonia a surprise seventh minute lead, Tuncay and Yildirim gave Turkey the halftime lead. Vassiljev’s speculative shot brought Estonia back level, but further goals from Arda Turan and Tuncay sealed the Turkish victory.

Switzerland 2 – Greece 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) The hosts rarely threatened despite the 42nd minute dismissal of Loukas Vintra after the Greece defender picked up two yellow cards, but the visitors ran out of steam in the closing stages as strikes from Stephane Grichting and Marko Padalino sealed three points for the Swiss.

Austria 3 – Faroe Islands 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) The hosts got off to a perfect start when Stefan Maierhofer headed in a cross from Jakob Jantscher in the first minute. Mark Janko then chipped in with a double to seal the win for Austria.

Ukraine 5 – Andorra 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Impressive 19-year-old Ukraine debutant Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring 18 minutes into the first half, smartly finishing off from a corner. Artem Milevskiy made it two on the stroke of halftime heading home a Voronin cross and Andriy Shevchenko scored from the spot on 71 minutes. Milevskiy earned another penalty in injury time to make it four and another penalty completed the rout after a Vales handball in the area.

Azerbaijan 1 – Finland 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Elvin Mammadov put the hosts 1-up but Finnish goals from set-pieces from Markus Heikkinen and Petri Pasanen turned the match in the visitors’ favour.

Armenia 0 – Bosnia 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) A goal in each half from Senijad Ibricic and Zlatan Muslimovic in Yerevan gave Bosnia the points, consolidating their position in second place in Group Five.

Rwanda 0 – Egypt 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) A comedy of errors in the Rwandan defence allowed Egypt to pile on the pressure and Ahmed Hassan slotted in a 68th minute opener.

Gabon 0 – Cameroon 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Cameroon won the match with two quick-fire goals midway through the second half, Achille Emana smashed in a 66th minute opener into the near post before Samuel Eto’o curled home a beauty into the far corner 120 seconds later.

Argentina 1 – Brazil 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Two quickfire goals midway through the first-half silenced the Rosario. Luisao headed home an Elano free-kick and Luis Fabiano scored from close range to put Dunga’s side in control. Jesus Datolo brought the home side back into the match with a cracking left-footed effort only for Brazil to go up the other end a minute later and finish off the match. Kaka played a delicious through ball for Luis Fabiano who chipped the ball home for his second and Brazil’s third.

Chile 2 – Venezuela 2 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Chile’s charge for South Africa continues to stutter. Arturo Vidal headed home the opener but goals from Giancarlo Maldonado and Jose Manuel Rey (trademark free-kick) turned the match on its head. Early in the second half substitute Rodrigo Millar found the equaliser.

Colombia 2 – Ecuador 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Late goals from Jackson Martinez and Teofilo Gutierrez boosted the home sides hopes of reaching South Africa.

Peru 1 – Uruguay 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Hernan Rengifio grabbed the only goal ten minutes from time.

Paraguay 1 – Bolivia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) A penalty from Salvador Cabanas pushed the home side to the brink of qualification.

USA 2 – El Salvador 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Castillo headed the away side ahead just after the half hour but the USA won the match with two goals towards the end of the first half. The first a header from Clint Dempsey after the Fulham man beat the offside trap, the second was another header into the same corner from Hull striker Jozy Altidore.

Costa Rica 0 – Mexico 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Tottenham attacker Giovani Dos Santos was man of the match as Mexico’s renaissance under Javier Aguirre continues. Dos Santos claimed the first with a cracking left-footed strike and then set up Guillermo Franco and Andres Guardardo for easy tap ins.

Honduras 4 – Trinidad & Tobago 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 5, 2009) Honduras continue to impress in World Cup qualifying and lead the final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Carlos Pavon grabbed a double, Amado Guevara scored the third and David Suazo the fourth. Jerry Baptiste got T&T’s consolation.


England 2 – Slovenia 1 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) Slovenia more than held their own in the early exchanges at Wembley but England then benefitted from a lenient penalty decision made for a tug on Wayne Rooney’s shirt (did he take a dive?) with Frank Lampard tucking home from the spot. (First half highlights here.) The game mellowed out after the break until Spurs duo Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe combined on the end of the box and Defoe saw a shot deflect in the net for number two. The night ended on a sour note as Pecnik cruised past a defensively inept Glen Johnson to cross for Zlatan Ljubijankic to stoop in front of a sleepy Lescott and beat Green at the near post. (Second half highlights here.)

South Korea 3 – Australia 1 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The hosts went ahead after just five minutes as Park Chu-young was the beneficiary after a terrible slip in the Australian defence. Lee Chun-soo cheekily turned in the Koreans’ second after 21 minutes. The Socceroos were back in the game after 33 minutes as Leeds defender Patrick Kisnorbo headed home a Bresciano free-kick, while Seol Ki-hyeon headed home a Park Ji-sung cross four minutes from time to seal victory.

Holland 3 – Japan 0 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) Japan had the better of the opening 45 in Holland (first half highlights here), but neither side could find a breakthrough. The Orange ran out winner with two goals in the final 20 minutes, Robin van Persie smacked a shot high into the near post for the opener and Wesley Sneijder curled in a beauty into the near post in the 73rd. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wrapped up the win with a third from Elia’s cross three minutes from time.

Germany 2 – South Africa 0 (International Friendly, September 5, 2009) Mario Gomez and Mesut Ozil scored either side of halftime.


Leeds 2 – Stockport 0 (League One, September 5, 2009) Leeds United broke a club record when they made it eight wins out of eight at the start of the season. Mike Grella put Leeds on the way to a with a curler into the far post before Lubomir Michalik bundled in the second after 37 minutes.

MK Dons 2 – Hudderfield 3 (League One, September 5, 2009) Early in the second half the MK Dons went into the lead as Jemal Johnson’s strike drilled past Alex Smithies. Town quickly responded through a Jordan Rhodes finish, but three minutes later Dons’ Jermaine Easter put the home side back in front. That lead lasted minutes before Theo Robinson poked the ball home and Antony Kay struck late on to claim the three points.


Sport Recife 2 – Botafogo 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro A, September 5, 2009)

Palmeiras 2 – Bareri 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro A, September 5, 2009)

Gremio 1 – Vitoria 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro A, September 5, 2009)

Brasiliense 1 – Fortaleza 0 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, September 5, 2009)

Ceara 2 – Bahia 1 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, September 5, 2009)

Atletico GO 2 – Vasco Da Gama 2 (Campeonato Brasileiro B, September 5, 2009)


North Queensland Fury 1 – Brisbane Roar 1 (A-League, September 5, 2009) The Fury needed just seven minutes to break the deadlock, Robbie Fowler rolled back the years to produce a brilliant first touch to kill a Robinson cross in a crowded Brisbane area and coolly slotting a shot into the near post. The Fury went down to 10-men when Paul Kohler was sent off for his second yellow card after 30 minutes, and at the death Roar striker Sergio van Dijk popped up to claim an equaliser.

Gold Coast United 2 – Sydney FC 1 (A-League, September 5, 2009) Shane Smeltz scored either side of half-time as the Coast climbed back to the top of the standings and inflicted upon the visitors their first defeat of the campaign. A late header to Steve Corica the best Sydney could muster in reply.