World Cup Qualifying: Results and Standings From Around Europe
From FIFAworldcup.com - Most of the results on the second match day of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the European Zone may have adhered to the form guide but as ever a few upstarts came to the fore to make life difficult for their so-called superiors.
The likes of Romania Ukraine Georgia Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia all pulled off upsets and set the tone for what promises to be a wild preliminary competition. Here's a rundown of all the night’s action.
Group 1: DUTCH DELIGHT
The glamour clash of the day took place in Amsterdam where the Netherlands went head-to-head with the Czech Republic. With both teams adopting a decidedly cautious approach the game never looked like reproducing the fireworks that went off when the two met at Euro 2004 (when the Czechs came from two down to win 3-2).
The match was settled by two Pierre van Hooijdonk strikes (in the 33rd and 84th minutes) that allowed the Dutch to set clear daylight between themselves and the side many consider to be their main rivals for top spot in the group. The current leaders however are Romania who have taken maximum points from all their games so far. Tonight the Romanians cruised to a 5-1 away victory over Andorra while Finland also notched a valuable away win in Armenia.
Group 2: SURPRISE LEADERS
When the draw for this group was made few predicted that Georgia Ukraine and Albania would occupy the top three slots. But as the old adage says "football matches are not won on paper