Two of our three players involved in World Cup qualifiers yesterday were successful.
Jonas – helped Argentina to dramastic win
Geremi claimed his 106th cap for a Cameroon side, who won 3-0 against Togo, and it was Geremi who scored Cameroon’s first goal after 32 minutes, his 11th goal for his country.
Cameroon are at Morocco on Wednesday.
But Zurab Khizanishvili couldn’t do much to help Georgia, as they lost 2-1 to Macedonia, and the Georgians now play Bulgaria on Wednesday.
And Argentine striker Martin Palermo came off the bench and scored an injury time goal, to give a dramatic win for Argentina, after Peru had equalized on 90 minutes. Nobby Solano played 65 minutes for the Peru side, and Gutierrez played the whole game for the Argentines.
When Palermo scored the dramatic the winner the Argentine manager Diego Maradona dived headlong along the muddy pitch, as the players, fans and manager went daft in Buenes Aries.
From one of our readers at the game, they said Jonas had a tidy game, and was mainly laying it off for Messi, but also had a couple of good runs himself.
Argentina now play Uruguay away on Wednesday, in Montevideo, and the Uruguayans have been revitalised with their impressive comeback win in Quito by 2-1 against Ecuador
Argentina are now 4th top of the South American group, just one pojnt ahead of Uruguay so it looks like a draw will automatically qualify Argentina and a win will see Uruguay go through.
That’s going to be some game to watch and some game to play in for Jonas.
And finally England suffered their first defeat under Fabio Capello as they went down 1-0 to the Ukraine, when goalkeeper Green managed to get himself sent off for a foul early in the game, following an error by Ferdinand, but Shevchenko missed the ensuing penalty.
However, England’s defense was hopeless in the first half although the lads played great in the final 45 minute with 39 year-old goalkeeper David James outstanding with a couple of great saves.
However, Rio Ferdinand looked way off the pace, as he has for Man United recently, although of course he’s still on his way back from injury – but looks very slow these days.
It would have been great if we could have won all 10 qualifying matches but England can end with a win against Belarus at Wembley on Wednesday night.