The qualifying rounds for Euro 2008 are nearly over, and that made for some exciting match-ups this weekend. First and foremost, in the group of death, Christian Panucci’s late winner in Glasgow crushed the hopes of Scottish fans. and sent Italy and France into the finals. See the highlights here.
Norway’s brilliant bicycle kick goal did not hold up in their crucial battle with Turkey, who won 2-1. Now Norway’s qualification is unlikely. They must count on Bosnia to succeed against Turkey.
Coming Wednesday: Finland must beat Portugal to have any chance. England needs a draw against Croatia, and Turkey will go through with a victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina. Read all the permutations here.
As always, check out the Offside blog where you can read about Iraqi soccer players seeking asylum, Jens Lehmann’s German bird, and the signing of three Thai players by Manchester City, a team coincidentally owned by the former president of Thailand.