Brazil ensure qualification, Argentina in distress

September 6, 2009

Annibale Carracci, The Martyrdom of St Stephen
“Brazil became the first South American nation to make it to the World Cup finals as they defeated old enemies Argentina 3-1 in the South American – League Group in Rosario. A brace by Luis Fabiano after a Luisao header opened the scoring helped the five-time world champions book their tickets to travel for South Africa next year.” (ESPN)

Dios Mio! Argentina’s in Trouble
“The United States kept moving methodically toward the World Cup in South Africa, but Argentina’s path took a turn for the worse with a 3-1 loss to Brazil in Rosario on Saturday night.” YouTube – (NYT)

Brazil beat Argentina to qualify
“Brazil booked their place at the 2010 World Cup with a comfortable 3-1 win which further dents Argentina’s hopes of reaching the finals in South Africa. An unmarked Luisao met Elano’s free-kick to head the visitors in front and Luis Fabiano tapped in from close range after Maicon’s shot was spilled.” (BBC)

Maradona out of ideas as Argentina outclassed in clásico
“Where now for Argentina? With less than a minute on the clock, there was an ‘Ole!’ for every pass in the Gigante de Arroyito. Usually reserved for the last five minutes of a thrashing, the crowd in Rosario couldn’t help themselves. Brazil hadn’t touched the ball and Argentina had already created a goal-scoring chance.” (Guardian)

Egypt, Cameroon get vital wins
“Egypt and Cameroon both won away from home to keep alive their chances of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Cameroon scored two quick goals to beat Gabon 2-0, in what was their first home defeat of the 2010 qualifiers.” (BBC)

Draw leaves Portugal struggling to qualify
“Portugal kept alive their World Cup qualifying hopes on Saturday when they held Group One leaders Denmark to a 1-1 draw thanks to Liedson’s 86th-minute equaliser on his international debut.” (ESPN)

England 2-1 Slovenia
“England warmed up for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Wednesday with victory over Slovenia at Wembley. Frank Lampard’s disputed first-half penalty – an award that left the Slovenians complaining bitterly that Wayne Rooney had tumbled too easily under challenge from Bostjan Cesar – put England on course for the win.” (BBC)
Defoe continues scoring streak (ESPN)

Scots World Cup dream still alive
“Today is a day to forget about George Burley. These were the words of the Scotland manager himself in his programme notes before the crucial World Cup qualifier against Macedonia.” (BBC)
Magical McFadden gives Tartan Army reason to be cheerful (Independent)

World Cup 2010 (Guardian)

World Cup (Telegraph)

FIFA – Groups and Standings

Sep. 5 (ESPN)
Sep. 6 (ESPN)

Scourges Of The Modern Game: Goal Music

September 6, 2009

“The ball is passed out to the wing. The winger controls the ball with the outside of his foot and runs towards a full back with a look upon his face that reminds you of a rabbit stuck in front of car headlights. Momentarily, it looks as if the winger can’t remember which leg is which but this is all an act, and he jumps away from the tackle. Approaching the byline, having looked up for no more than a tenth of a second, and crosses.” (twohundredpercent)