Yesterday, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 90th minute header to clinch a 1-0 away victory for Portugal over Denmark within their Euro 2016 qualifying match. The victory moved the Iberians around third in Group I. The Portuguese, coming off a 0-1 home loss to Albania, needed the win to rectify their course toward France's Euro of what has become a more competitive group than expected.
Meanwhile, Spain, who lost 1-2 away to Slovakia on October 9th, managed to transfer the best direction Sunday by beating high on lowly Luxembourg 4-0 within their second away match of Group C, following an easy 5-1 home conquer Macedonia. The match featured Diego Costa's first goal for Spain, their third of the match.
The Netherlands 0-2 loss away to Iceland complicated, but will not yet define, their passage from Group A the location where the Czech Republic and Iceland have both won their three games to guide the table with nine points. World Cup holders Germany were beaten away 0-2 by Poland and after that drew 1-1 aware of Ireland, to tie Scotland at 4 points in Group D. The Germans are behind Poland along with the Republic of Ireland both with seven points. Switzerland, with losses to England and Slovenia, was able to beat tiny San Marino 4-0 to salvage some things in Group E.
Northern Ireland won away games against Greece and Hungary, as well as a 2-0 home win against the Faroe Islands, to earn nine points and top the table in Group F. After drawing with Russia and Austria, Sweden got a needed 2-0 home victory over minnows Liechtenstein to remain in the hunt in Group G. Croatia and Italy lead Group H with nine points away from three consecutive victories each and may meet November 16th in Italy to determine who remains atop the table. See UEFA.com for full results and standings.
On the friendlies side in the ledger Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in China with goals from Atletico Mineiro's Diego Tardelli, the striker new Brazilian coach Dunga has decided to create a starter alongside Neymar. The latter star, and Barcelona striker, scored all four of Brazil's goals inside a 4-0 rout of Japan in Singapore. Argentina then were able to salvage some pride having a 7-0 thrashing of lowly Hong Kong with Lionel Messi scoring the fifth and seventh goals.
Colombia beat El Salvador in the USA and Chile beat visiting Peru through the same 3-0 score line, the USA tied Ecuador 1-1 on the late equalizer for your visitors, while Portugal lost 1-2 to France in the Stade de France. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema opened the scoring after which set up Paul Pogba for the second goal before Ricardo Quaresma, in for the substituted Ronaldo, scored a consolation goal off a problem.
Radamel Falcao and Carlos Bacca (brace) scored for Colombia who subsequently beat Canada 1-0, within the USA, which has a goal from James Rodriguez. The South American teams are preparing for your Copa America, the continental championship to be held in Chile next summer. The cup will feature all from the continent's national teams plus invitees Mexico and Jamaica.
Taking the Portuguese team's case first we observe that Ronaldo continues to be team's heart and soul, so when he's around the Western Iberians are competitive with almost any one. He is living a really long run of superb form that was unfortunately broken throughout the weeks from the 2014 World Cup because of injury. Though he is not quite time for his full potential he could be nearing it so when he does Real Madrid may also be reaping rewards galore this season.
Ronaldo's Spanish Football archrival, Messi, who a much longer run in Brazil come early july, hasn't been as consistently approximately his best ever since then and possesses used service from teammates at Barcelona and for the national team for his continued productivity. Messi's disappearance during his team's game against Brazil was hardly made up by his reappearance against lowly Hong Kong and his awesome scoring was neither timely, nor conclusive, because match. He is, though, developing a duo with Neymar at Barca that will be fun to determine develop to full fruition.
Neymar himself, on the other hand, is reaching a peak of form that reminds one from the Messi with the 90- goal season not long ago. The Brazilian is making up for Dunga's unfortunate penchant for relying over a single immobile striker because the focus of his national team's offense. Tardelli is definately a clone of Luis Fabiano that it brings shivers to Brazilian fans who still remember the Selecao's 2010 South African debacle. Dunga was the incorrect choice for Brazil and it might cost the country another couple of major international tournament debacles for your powers that be to reach that foregone conclusion. Neymar, though, will continue his form if they can stay healthy and his budding partnership with Messi will test their La Liga rivals in Madrid all season long.
With Mesut Ozil out for weeks with injury Germany is missing an integral linchpin in the midfield and possess struggled to live approximately the shape that won them the 2014 World Cup. A few bad matches are the average deflation expected though, following your team's wonderful run this summer, and they should climb back around their past form soon making up for his or her current missteps. Expect to see Germany contend in France come Euro 2016.
The Dutch are struggling in the national level, as usual, and can also find the pace up as needed since a team with all the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and company rarely falter for too long. It is the Spanish National Team, that is having the same problem because Brazilians, that is certainly most troubling.
Brazil could possibly have time for you to bring up a whole new generation of stars to compete next World Cup otherwise the upcoming South American championship, but Spain will likely be saying goodbye to the all their aging generation of superstars within the next couple of years and also the following crop is just not quite at their predecessors' level. Keeping Vicente del Bosque because national coach would have been a mistake. He is now bent on reshaping the Spanish tiki-taka possession style in their new image, the long-ball-to-Diego-Costa attack, which have such disastrous results both the 2009 summer so far inside the Euro qualifiers against credible opponents. For as long as del Bosque remains at the reigns and insisting on leaving his mark by remaking his team's long-successful style of, Spain will be affected.
Chile and Colombia were dark horses with the World Cup nonetheless they will be front and center contenders come next summer. The Copa America hosts have as strong a side as they have ever endured as well as their World Cup performances are something to develop upon. Their form in recent international friendlies has been impressive plus they should be thought about candidates for advancement deep in to the tourney whenever they continue within this vein.
Colombia was impressive in Brazil the 2009 summer too and may have gotten after dark hosts however for some tough play and calls however they are now reshaping themselves with Falcao back in action along with the team looks deadly. Euro 2016 generally is a standout tourney while using potential to crown Germany anew, say a last goodbye to Spain as well as the Dutch, and welcome some promising newcomers to higher international status for example may be the case of the Belgians and Swiss, but it will probably be the Copa next summer that can provide the first warning signs of how many of the global game's plate tectonics will align for a long time.
Next week we resume La Liga play and Champions League play resumes the week after that. Many of these same stars will be plying their trade in the domestic and European club level of competition. In the back of their marbles will be their performances the ones of their teammates and opponents in these international clashes, plus a number of those players may have personal agendas they'll attempt to address on their own clubs' pitches.
Some should impress further to garner more national team playing time or achieve a spot if they are not starters. Others will appear to acquire even for losses or slights. Most, will just place their trips in it and have up check here with their club level roles. And then, a number of stars such as recent rivals Messi and Neymar or Benzema and Ronaldo will probably be motivated to put those clashes behind while keeping focused on cooperating.
Whatever the players do these international interludes provide glimpses of items to come from the participants, so keep in mind what Neymar did or Messi didn't, or what Benzema accomplished for Euro hosts France, or Ronaldo for qualifier Portugal, or James showed for Colombia, then see what effect they have on their upcoming club level