Argentina slump, Brazil and Chile steam ahead

June 11, 2009

“Argentina’s World Cup fear of heights resurfaced on Wednesday when they lost 2-0 in Ecuador while Brazil and Chile both moved closer to a trip to South Africa with home wins. South American group leaders Brazil came from behind to beat Paraguay 2-1 in a top-of-the-table clash while surprise package Chile thumped a negative Bolivia 4-0.” (ESPN)

Africa’s biggest and best struggle (ESPN)
“After two rounds of Africa’s World Cup qualifying matches not many experts would have guessed that the continent’s two most successful sides would be propping up their groups. Egypt have won a record six African Nations Cups while Cameroon have been the continent’s top side four times and are chasing a sixth World Cup finals appearance. Yet 2004 and 2006 African champions Egypt are yet to win in Group C and Cameroon are yet to score a single goal in Group A.”

Ecuador 2 – 0 Argentina (ESPN)
“Second-half goals by Walter Ayovi and Pablo Palacios gave Ecuador a crucial 2-0 win over Argentina and kept them in the hunt for a place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.”
Mighty Football)

Colombia hand Peru eighth sucessive defeat (ESPN)

Brazil retain top place, Paraguay now third (ESPN)
(Mighty Football)

Chile too hot to handle for hapless Bolivia (ESPN)

The Offside Year End Power Rankings

June 11, 2009

“Yes, it’s been awhile, but by the time May had rolled around (we begin months on the tenth or thereabouts) we decided to eliminate the confusion and allow the lads to duke it out on the field. They did, someone won, and selecting the best team became a mere formality.” (The Offside)

England Cruise To A Respectable Win?

June 11, 2009

“The result was never in doubt against part-timers Andorra, but Fabio Cappello’s England fielded a strong side and cruised to a 6-0 victory, demonstrating the Italian’s respect for the opposition, although this was something perhaps that wasn’t reflected by other members of the England entourage.” (Soccer Lens) 

England 6 – 0 Andorra (ESPN)
“Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe both scored twice as England gave 58,000 fans, who refused to be beaten by a London travel nightmare, ample reward for their defiance with their biggest win in a competitive game since 1999.”

Finland 0 – 3 Russia (ESPN)

Netherlands 2 – 0 Norway (ESPN)