Seventh victory for Loew’s team
Germany defeated Azerbaijan 3-1 to set themselves for a seventh win in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Oezil crashed an angled shot in the 30th minute before setting up Mario Gomes for the second goal.sports Updated: Jun 09, 2011 00:51 IST
Germany defeated Azerbaijan 3-1 to set themselves for a seventh win in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Oezil crashed an angled shot in the 30th minute before setting up Mario Gomes for the second goal.
Azerbaijan came back with one goal in the second half but Andre Schuerrle scored the third in the injury time to seal a fine German victory in Baku on Tuesday.With this victory Germany extend their lead to 10 points over Belgium in group A.
While the injury stricken Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench and scored a hat trick in a 5-0 against Finland to keep Sweden in the hunt.
Ibrahimovic inspired Sweden to a fifth win in six Group E matches .
The AC Milan striker came off the bench to score three times in 22 minutes to help lift his country three points behind the Netherlands.
In other Euro 2012 qualifiers, Hungary stayed three points behind Sweden, thanks to a 3-0 win in San Marino.
Zoran Liptak gave Hungary the lead in the first half when he scored in the 40th minute. Hungary then sealed the game with Imre Szabiks and Vladimir Koman scoring the last 2 goals in the second half.
Belarus beat Luxembourg 2-0 to close to within a point of Group D leader France. Sergei Kornilenko and Anton Putilo scored the goals in the second half to ensure Belarus the victory. Estonia won their first euro qualifier since 1995 thanks to goals by Frodi Benjaminsen and Arnbjorn Hansen on either side of half time.
Bosnia-Herzegovina beat neighbours Albania by two goals to nil.
Ronaldo bids adieu
Ronaldo's career with Brazil's national team has come to an emotional end. The striker made a brief appearance in an friendly against Romania on Tuesday to recognize his contribution to the 'Selecao'.
Ronaldo entered the match in the 30th minute and played until halftime, when he was honored in a ceremony.
The 34-year-old retired in February after an 18-year career. The three-time Fifa Player of the Year represented Brazil in four World Cups winning two of them and remains the competition's all-time leading scorer with 15 goals.
Only Pele with 97 goals has scored more often for Brazil than the 34-year old striker.
First Published: Jun 09, 2011 00:48 IST