Spain 3 – Estonia 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) Cesc Fabrages stole the ball of an Estonian midfielder, played a cute give-and-go with Silva to advance into the box and the Arsenal skipper slotted home Spain’s opener. Santi Carzola grabbed a second for Spain in the final ten minutes and Mata closed out the match with a third in injury time.
Italy 2 – Bulgaria 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) A brilliant one-two between Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Grosso made a joke of the Bulgarian offside trap as Italy took the lead after ten minutes. The Azzurri double their lead with yet another superb set of one-twos, this time from Gilardino and Vincenzo Iaquinta with the Juve striker finishing with style. (First half highlights here.)
Hungary 0 – Portugal 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) Fighting for their World Cup lives in Hungary, Portugal made the perfect start as Pepe crashed home a header from a Deco set play after nine minutes.
Serbia 1 – France 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) The writing looked on the wall early doors for France as keeper Hugo Lloris was sent off after nine minutes and Nejad Milijas scored a penalty to give Serbia the lead. Down to 10-mean Les Bleus found an equaliser before the break as Anelka’s pot-shot rebounded out to Thierry Henry who found the net.
Germany 4 – Azerbaijan 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) A Michael Ballack penalty and a neat finish from Miroslav Klose after great work from Lahm down the left hand side handed Germany a 2-nil lead over Azerbaijan after 54 minutes. Klose added his second turning home a cross at the near post, Lukas Podolski notching number four as Germany began to run riot.
Wales 1 – Russia 3 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) Arsenal’s Andrei Arshavin worked his magic on the edge of the Welsh box, feeding a pass into Igor Semshov to slot home. James Collins brought the hosts level connecting with a low corner into the near post. Sergei Ignashevich handed Guus Hiddink’s side victory rifling home a low free-kick into the bottom corner with Spurs’ Roman Pavlyuchenko adding a third at the death.
Albania 1 – Denmark 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, September 9, 2009) Nicklas Bendtner had given Denmark the lead with a header past Albania goalkeeper Saimir Ujkani in the 40th, Erion Bogdani equalising for the hosts in the 51st minute.