October 9, 2006
The Weekend That Was
With England deciding to crap the bed against Macedonia, the media focus has turned to Wayne Rooney’s inability to score for his national team. The Manchester United striker has not scored in two years, which is all the more disappointing to him considering Peter Crouch’s record year in an England shirt.
Scotland secured a famous 1-0 win over France at Hampden Park on Gary Caldwell’s header. Despite that, there are problems within the squad. Lokomotiv Moscow striker Garry O’Connor is not only homesick, but he has jeopardized his international career by not joining up with the squad in Ukraine.
Wales were emphatically destroyed by Slovakia, but at least Craig Bellamy’s assault trial was pushed back in their only good bit of news.
An inept defensive display by the Republic of Ireland saw them leave Cyprus on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline. Steve Staunton will be lucky to be in the job much longer after making Cyprus’ attacking displays look like Barcelona.
Italy finally got their qualifying campaign going with a 2-0 win over Ukraine, and the pressure is increasing on Marco van Basten after the Netherlands’ 1-1 draw in Bulgaria.
A recap of club action around the world after the jump.
The European qualifiers meant that meaningful club matches were being played in other areas of the globe.
The Los Angeles Galaxy were eliminated from the MLS playoff picture just a season after winning the whole thing.
River Plate and Boca Juniors played out another edition of their famous derby. Gonzalo Higuain hit a brace for River as they triumphed 3-1 over ten man Boca.
And in Australia, the Melbourne Victory continued to extend their lead at the top of the A-League with a 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets