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Postby lsabre » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:26 pm

Not that relevant, I know, but England have beaten Russia 3-0 at the new Wembley to follow up on their victory over Israel on Saturday through the same scoreline for the European Qualifying phase in soccer! Michael Owen braced England into a 2-0 lead, hitting a spectacular dipping shot past the Russian keeper on a brilliant Emily Heskey lay-off to grab his second in the game, before Rio Ferdinand emulated his partner with some fabulous footwork past his marker to fire in at the near post. Gareth Barry turned in another spectacular performance to tighten his grip as regular on the holding midfielder berth for England. From a precarious place down in the table only four days ago, England find themselves leading procedures in their group having leapfrogged their opponents.
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Postby lifebeginsat40 » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:04 pm

Well done has to go to Scotland, doing the double over France, fantastic achievement.
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Postby sleady » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:19 pm

...and Wales pulled off a stonking win against Slovakia!
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Postby lsabre » Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:36 pm

I agree that Scotland were the ones that netted the most spectacular result of the night, stunning the French at their home ground! McFadden 's drive from outside the box was really unstoppable, giving his side the upper hand as concerns qualification.
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Postby admin » Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:53 am

Some more late night posts have been deleted as they were abusive. You guys have got to start getting along otherwise several of you will get banned. This counts as a final warning to Power-of-ten-man and Isabre.
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Postby fangio » Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:37 am

Surely Power of Ten man had his final warning when he was given his "second" chance and unbanned?

It appears to me that he is only here to provoke people, he certainly ignores any salient points made in threads.
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Postby Jon Mulkeen » Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:12 am

admin wrote:This counts as a final warning to Power-of-ten-man.
Having just seen his post on another thread, he has blown it. It's a permanent ban for him.
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Postby Anthony Treacher » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:50 pm

And please, please ban the next Lilliputian nerd who introduces Football into an Athletics forum.
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Postby Jon Mulkeen » Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:58 pm

That is precisely what the off-topic forum is for. If you only want to read about athletics, then stick to the 'Current Events' section.

The off-topic section gives athletics fans the chance to talk about things other than the best sport in the world. Things like the second-best sport in the world. :wink:
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Postby lsabre » Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:24 pm

And suddenly HOPE IS BACK! Elyaniv Barda scores to give Israel the lead over Russia in a game that very much decides England 's fate concerning next year 's Euro, raising hopes that the situation can be turned round! Even if the game ends in a draw, England have again their fate in their own hands!

Scotland, despite turning on a spirited performance against Italy, are still 1-0 down courtesy of a defensive lapse within the first two minutes of the contest. The crowd at Hampden Park has been outstanding so far but the Italians are holding their ground...

NO WAIT! Scotland have just equalised!
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Postby lsabre » Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:29 pm

Barry Ferguson is on hand to bundle the ball in after Buffon saves a close range shot from Lee McCulloch, Hampden Park raised to the roof! Scotland are in it again and there is plenty of time yet to claim all the spoils out of the game!
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Postby lsabre » Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:53 pm

James McFadden misses an astonishing gilt-edged chance with Italy 's goal gaping before him, somehow firing wide of the post! Scotland may end up rueing this one in particular I think...
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Postby lsabre » Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:57 pm

Really unbelievable! The Italians conjure up a second goal out of nowhere and there 's no way back for a magnificent Scotland side...

Israel still lead Russia 1-0.
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Postby lsabre » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:03 pm

Israel stun the Russians right at the death through an injury time goal by Golan, and England are hot favourites to qualify to the 2008 Euro Champs as they need only a point from their last game against Croatia at Wembley on Wednesday! Russia definitely suffered a heartbreak as they saw Sychev hit the post only moments earlier! What a turnround of fates in just 90'!
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Postby usedtoit33 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:31 am

Gawd our footballers don't half have some luck! I really thought Russia would win that one, especially as our very own superstriker Benayoun (it's football, I can use hyperbole) was left at home.

Let's just hope we win against Croatia ...
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Postby lsabre » Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:51 pm

As a matter of fact, if England beat Croatia 2-0, or by a larger margin, on Wednesday they are going to finish top of their qualifying group, seeded favourably later on in the EuroChamps draw for the groups phase. But even a draw sees them safely through now...
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Postby Droitrob » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:04 pm

lsabre wrote:As a matter of fact, if England beat Croatia 2-0, or by a larger margin, on Wednesday they are going to finish top of their qualifying group, seeded favourably later on in the EuroChamps draw for the groups phase. But even a draw sees them safely through now...

Apparently according to Grandstand on saturday, the placing in the final tables will have no bearing on the seeding whatsoever. Something i find rather strange to be honest. It normally is the case but it seems this time it will end up being a lottory and 2 groups of death, mark my words.
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