Wednesday, October 17, 2007

France wins, Scotland loses, Italy watches

While Italy was hosting South Africa in a friendly match in Siena this evening, they were also watching the scoreboard for news on their two main rivals for the top spots in Group B qualifiers.

In Nantes, France, Thierry Henry broke Michel Platini's all-time goal mark for France when he netted a pair of goals in their 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Henry scored at the 79th and 80th minute marks to give him a total of 43 goals for his career. Platini scored 41 goals in his time with France which spanned from 1976 to 1987. He is now the head of European soccer's governing body, UEFA.

This victory allowed France to take possession of first place in Group B with 25 points.
Henry surpasses Platini

In other action, previous group leader Scotland was upset by Georgia 2-0 in Tblisi. It was only Georgia's third win in 11 tries in the tournament.
Scots tripped up in Georgia
Tournament photos

This result leaves Scotland in second place with 24 points, one behind group leader France at 25 and only one point ahead of Italy at 23. Scotland will host Italy in a match in Glasgow on November 17 which will likely decide the tournament fate for both. France takes on Ukraine on November 21st.

5 Comments:

At 10/18/2007 9:20 AM, Blogger Neo said...

hey tony it's your fellow azzurri buddy. my blog is now at: azzurri6306.blogspot.com. don't worry, i'm not stealing your thunder by doing the type of in-depth reporting with pictures, etc. :) mine is mostly a personal blog with some azzurri comments added in, as well as patriots comments, etc.

i didn't know scotland had eight wins!! i guess this makes the 11/17 matchup all the more important! should be a good one. "getcha popcorn ready", lol.

 
At 10/18/2007 9:23 AM, Blogger Neo said...

by the way, where are you getting pictures of the matches? i can't find any.

oh and if you're interested, soccer.com/eurosport has a sale on the italia national team warmup jacket, which is very nice (i LOVE the blue....fave color) at only $50 from $80, and the national team 4-star jersey can be had for something like $30 at kitbag.com. i have a 3-star xxl puma nat'l team jersey so it's kind of a tough sell to go and get the same thing with one more star :)

 
At 10/18/2007 11:00 AM, Blogger Tony said...

Not a problem! The more the merrier I say.

I will add your blog to the links section of this blog.

Yes the Scotland game will be a great one. I wonder what tickets are going for to that one.

I wish it were in Italy but hopefully the conditions won't be too bad there in mid-November.

 
At 10/19/2007 1:32 PM, Blogger Tony said...

Neo, I added your link to my blog. I do this just for fun and it is an excuse to try to stay connected with the team.

I'll check those sites out. You know Christmas is just around the corner. Three stars is soooo last year.

I usually get the pictures off of FoxSports.com (http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/europe ). They will run a series of photos for each round that is played. So I try to snag one that is not in the article that I have linked so it is not repetitive. Sometimes I will get one off of the FIGC site or a few others too.

PS: Have you bought your Super Bowl tickets yet?

 
At 10/19/2007 2:43 PM, Blogger Neo said...

Ohhh I have indeed :) Kind of ridiculous this year...I'm starting to understand why no one outside of NE likes them!

 

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