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Friday, November 23, 2007

Sports Update: Euro Finalists decided

Russia, Turkey, Portugal and Sweden completed the final four spots for the Euro 2008 championships with England being the biggest name to fail to qualify.

Needing a win or atleast a draw against Croatia, England blew it all by conceding 2 goals in the first 14 minutes. Though they managed to come back from the dead by scoring two goals back after half time, Croatia killed them off with a goal in the 76th minute to send England crashing out.

Russia needed a win at Andorra and laboured to a 1-0 win.

The Euro begins mid 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

Poland, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Romania and the Dutch join the hosts Austria and Switzerland.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sports Update: 12 down, 4 to go - Euro 2008 Qualifiers

Scotland will not be travelling to Austria and Switzerland for the Euro 2008 Campaign after they were defeated by Italy 2-1. Needing a win to qualify in this match, the scots were defeated by a 91st minute Christian Panucci header which ensured that the World Cup finalists France and Italy qualify for Euro 2008

While Scotland had their hearts broken, England were thrown a lifeline when Israel beat Russia 2-1. A Russian Win would have made England Qualification extremely remote. Now England have to beat Croatia and Russia have to beat Andorra and hope that England fail in their last match.

The teams that have qualified so far are: Poland from Group A, Italy and France from Group B, Greece from Group C, Czech Republic and Germany from Group D, Croatia from Group E, Spain from Group F, Romania and the Dutch from Group H making it just four slots up for grabs.

Portugal or Finland from Group A
Turkey or Norway from Group C
England or Russia from Group E
Sweden or Northern Ireland from Group F

In three days time, all qualifiers will be known. Keep your fingers crossed.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Sports Update: UCL Matchday 4

At the end of Matchday 4 at the UEFA Champions League, only two teams have managed to secure qualification to the last 16: Arsenal from Group H and Manchester United from Group F.

While a few teams are on the verge of qualification like Barcelona and Inter who only need a draw to qualify, the fates of other top guns hang precariously in the balance. Liverpool languish in third-3 points behind 2nd place Besiktas in Group A and Valencia are bottom of group B-4 points behind second place Rosenborg.

Will these teams manage to pull up in Matchday 5? Stay Tuned.
Matchday 5 is scheduled on 27-28 November 2007

Current standings after Matchday 4: