Italy Uncategorized — 17 October 2012

Last night was a busy one in European qualifying for the World Cup. In the most incredible game of the night Sweden came back from four goals behind in Berlin to draw 4-4 with Germany.

Germany looked like they were in complete control after Miroslav Klose struck twice and Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil both found the target.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic got goal back for the Swedes before efforts from Mikael Lustig and Johan Elmander made it 4-3. It got even more dramatic deep in injury-time, as midfielder Rasmus Elm struck an equaliser.

France also rescued an injury-time 1-1 draw in Spain through a goal from Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. The home side had taken the lead midway through the first half through an effort from Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

Italy claimed a valuable 3-1 victory over Denmark at the Giuseppe Meazza. Italy took a two goal lead through goals from Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi. Denmark got a goal back in first half injury-time through midfielder William Kvist.

Early in the second half the Azzurri were down to ten men as striker Pablo Osvaldo was dismissed for violent conduct. The sending-off didn’t affect the home side much as Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli scored Italy’s third goal in the 54th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 100th appearance for Portugal was ruined as Northern Ireland secured a shock 1-1 draw in Porto. Northern Ireland winger Niall McGinn shocked the home fans by giving the visitors the lead in the 33rd minute.

The home side left it late to equalise, striker Helder Postiga equalising in the 79th minute. The draw leaves Portugal five points behind group leaders Russia.

In Group A Belgium defeated Scotland 2-0 in Brussels. The visitors kept a clean sheet until the 69th minute when Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke fired home. Two minutes later Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany doubled the home sides lead.

Will be ever see a better comeback than Sweden’s in Germany?


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