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Dutch, French Triumph As Italy Slip Up

Posted in Government on 17 March 2012

The Netherlands and France gained significant psychological boosts with 100 days to go until the UEFA EURO 2012 finals kick off with away wins over England and Germany respectively. The Dutch, European champions in 1988, edged a vastly-less experienced England side 3-2 at Wembley thanks to a double by Arjen Robben, while the French, who […]


Soldado On Song As Spain Maul Venezuela

Posted in Government on 17 March 2012

Roberto Soldado scored a hat-trick as Spain cruised to their 27th consecutive victory on home soil over ten-man Venezuela in Malaga. Andres Iniesta opened the scoring with a calm finish from Cesc Fabregas’ pass before the former Arsenal man also set-up David Silva to stroke home the second just before half-time. Vicente del Bosque introduced […]


Larsson Brace Sees Sweden Past Croatia

Posted in Government on 17 March 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sebastian Larsson starred for Sweden in their well deserved 3-1 win over Croatia in their international friendly today. Ibrahimovic scored the first goal in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa tackled Rasmus Elm. Croatia levelled in the 44th minute through Jonas Olsson, who accidentally lobbed his […]


Messi Magic Downs Swiss

Posted in Government on 17 March 2012

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi netted his first international hat-trick tonight to earn Argentina a friendly victory over Switzerland in Bern. Messi opened the scoring after 20 minutes, but there were no further goals in a scrappy first half and then Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for the hosts five minutes after the interval. It looked destined to […]


French Edge Depleted Germany

Posted in Government on 17 March 2012

France gave themselves a pre-UEFA EURO 2012 boost with a 2-1 friendly win over an injury-depleted Germany in Bremen as the Germans suffered their first defeat in 11 games. A first-half goal by France’s Olivier Giroud, who then set up substitute Florent Malouda for the second, inflicted the first defeat on Joachim Low’s Germany since […]


Robben Double Gives Dutch Win at Wembley

Posted in Government on 17 March 2012

Arjen Robben scored a stoppage-time winner as the Netherlands survived a late England comeback to triumph 3-2 at Wembley and send a warning across the continent ahead of UEFA EURO 2012. In a game which only came to life in the second half, the Dutch netted twice in quick succession after half-time, through a brilliant […]


Costa Rica Beat Wales In Memorial Match

Posted in Government on 17 March 2012

Wales were unable to mark the Gary Speed Memorial Match with a victory as Joel Campbell’s early goal gave Costa Rica a 1-0 win on an emotional night at Cardiff City Stadium. Campbell, on loan at Lorient from Arsenal, scored the only goal in the seventh minute as he calmly slotted home from Bryan Ruiz’s […]


Spurs’ Ginobili Back in Uniform Against Nuggets

Posted in Sports on 17 March 2012

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was back in uniform against the Denver Nuggets and ready to play just his 10th game this season Sunday night. Ginobili has missed the last two weeks with a strained oblique and sat out a month before that with a broken hand. He was not in the […]


Hayward Recalled by Oklahoma City Thunder

Posted in Sports on 17 March 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled reserve Lazar Hayward after a high-scoring stint in the NBA Development League. General manager Sam Presti announced Sunday that Hayward will rejoin the Thunder after averaging 28 points and seven rebounds in two games this weekend with the Tulsa 66ers. It was Hayward’s first action […]


Odom Playing Saturday For Mavs, Not in D-League

Posted in Sports on 17 March 2012

DALLAS (AP) — Lamar Odom had nine points in Dallas’ 102-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night after he returned to the Mavericks without playing a planned game in the NBA Development League. Odom played 18 minutes in his first game since Feb. 20. He also had five rebounds and three assists. Odom […]