Thursday, 15 November 2012

International round-up: England get Zlatan-ised, France get energised

"People will still maintain he isn't world class (...) the goal wasn't that special, I see better goals than that every week".

A couple of the quotes I woke up to on radio station talkSPORT this morning, who were discussing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's wonder-strike - his fourth goal of the game - against England. You can watch it below, I'd advise doing so again. And again. And again. It's beautiful and, contrary to Alan Brazil's opinion, I think it's unlikely you'll see any better goals this week.

Now, some might say I get what I deserve for listening to talkSPORT (for those not familiar, it's aural equivalent of listening to two half-cut pub bores discussing the Premier League 24 hours a day), but this is indicative of the dismissive attitude shown by the English towards Ibra. Come on Britain, it's about time you gave the man some r.e.s.p.e.c.t.

Elsewhere a glut of PSG players were in action as Italy hosted France, with Salvatore Sirigu and Marco Verratti starting for the Azzuri, and Mamadou Sakho and Blaise Matuidi lining up opposite them. Jeremy Menez also joined the match late on, and was involved in the winning goal, scored by Bafe Gomis to give Les Bleus a 2-1 victory.

Thiago Silva was a starter as Brazil drew 1-1 with Colombia in New Jersey (no, me neither). Paris-bound Lucas Moura came on in the second half, and probably did a few fancy tricks.

Uruguay beat the mighty Poland, with Diego Lugano enjoying some rare pitch time as he skippered La Celeste to a 3-1. No such luck for another PSG outcast, Siaka Tiene, who was an unused sub as Cote D'Ivoire beat Austria by the same score-line.


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