Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ten Real Madrid players are playing Euro 2012 qualifiers or friendlies this week / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell

Fourteen Real Madrid players were called-up for international duty last week in order to participate in either friendlies or qualifiers for the 2012 Euro.
The current World Cup champions defeated Chile 3-2 in Switzerland and are set to face Liechtenstein in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Tuesday. Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Iker Casillas and Raul Albiol were starters in Spain's 6-0 victory over Liechtenstein. Sergio Ramos scored one of the goals. The victory qualified Spain for the 2012 Euro.

Match Venue Score / Date & Time*
Chile-Spain AFG Arena (St.Gallen, Switzerland) 2-3
Spain-Liechtenstein Las Gaunas (Logroño, Spain) 6-0

Cristiano Ronaldo, Coentrao and Pepe were starters against Cyprus in Nicosia and gave solid performances. Cristiano scored Portugal's first two goals.

Match Venue Score
Cyprus-Portugal GSP Nicosia (Cyprus) 0-4

Mesut Ozil scored three goals against Austria. Coach Joachim Low has decided to let Ozil, Schweinsteiger and Neuer go for Tuesday's friendly against Poland.

Match Venue Score
Germany-Austria Arena Schalke (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) 6-2

Benzema scored the opener against Albania and played the entire match. The French currently lead Group D and are sett to face Romania on Tuesday. Benzema played the entire match against Romania.

Match Venue Score / Date & Time*
Albania-France Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa (Tirana, Albania) 1-2
Romania-France   National Arena (Bucarest, Romania) 0-0

Di Maria and Higuain defeated Venezuela 1-0 with Argentina in India. Both Real Madrid players scored against Nigeria. Higuain netted a brace. They were both starters and came off on the 75-minute mark.

Match Venue Score
Argentina-Venezuela Salt Lake (Kolkata, India)  1-0
Nigeria - Argentina Bangabandhu Nationa Stadium (Dhaka, Bangladesh) 1-3

Marcelo was a starter and played the entire match against Ghana, which the Canarinha won 1-0.

Match Venue Score
Craven Cottage (London, UK)

The French side defeated Latvia 3-0 in their first qualifier for the Under-21 European Championship, but lost against Portugal on Monday. Varane was a starter in both games.

Match Venue Score
Latvia-France   Skonto Stadions (Riga, Latvia) 0-3
Portugal-France Rio Maior (Portugal)  1-0

*Local dates and times


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