Monday, October 9, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Pirlo hangin 'em up at season's end

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Denmark 1-1 Romania
(Eriksen PK 59')-(Deac 88')

Kazakhstan 1-1 Armenia
(Turysbek 61')-(Mkhitaryan 26')

Poland 4-2 Montenegro
(Maczynski 6', Grosicki 16', Lewandowski 85', Stojkovic OG 87')-(Mugosa 78', Tomasevic 83')

Lithuania 0-1 England
(Kane PK 27')

Slovakia 3-0 Malta
(Nemec 33', 62')

Slovenia 2-2 Scotland
(Bezjak 52', 72')-(Griffiths 32', Snodrass 88')

Czech Republic 5-0 San Marino
(Krmencik 8', 23', Kopic 27', Novak 71', Kadlec 83')

Germany 5-1 Azerbaijan
(Goretzka 8', 66', Wagner 54', Rudiger 64', Can 81')-(Sheydaev 34')

Norway 1-0 Northern Ireland
(Brunt OG 71')

There was only one new European qualifier yesterday, and it was Poland, the land of my ancestors. They return to the World Cup for the first time since 2006.

World Cup Qualifying- CAF
Egypt 2-1 Congo
(Salah 63', PK 90+5')-(Moutou 87')

With this win, Egypt joins Nigeria as the two African nations qualified so far. It's only their third ever appearance at the World Cup and their first since 1990.

Ottawa Fury 4-0 FC Cincinnati
(Obasi 4', Haworth 13', 20', dos Santos 47')

Oklahoma City Energy 4-1 Swope Park Rangers
(Gonzalez 26', Angulo 44', 90+4', Guzman 64')-(Doyle 88')

North American League Tables

New York City FC midfielder and Italian legend announced he will retire at the end of the 2017 season. The 38-year-old forward had a storied career in Serie A and with the Italian national team before making the trek across the Atlantic to ride into the sunset in New York. He spent 21 years in Italy, with spells at Inter, AC Milan, and Juventus. He was part of the Italy team that won the 2006 World Cup. Since coming to the USA, he's made 60 appearances for NYCFC with only one goal.

One more important Premier League player couldn't escape the international break in one piece. Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi limped out of Germany's 5-1 win over Azerbaijan in the first half with a muscle tear. Germany coach Joachim Low expects an "extended layoff" for him.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Moldova v. Austria- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Serbia v. Georgia- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Wales v. Ireland- 2:45pm- FS2
Albania v. Italy- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Israel v. Spain- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
Macedonia v. Liechtenstein- 2:45pm
Finland v. Turkey- 2:45pm
Iceland v. Kosovo- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Ukraine v. Croatia- 2:45pm

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