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Paris penalty fails Fabio

France 1 England 0 (Paris friendly 26 March 2008 )
Fabio Capello tasted defeat in his first away match as England boss. In an interview after the match, the Italian said that he was quite happy with the improvements he had seen. England had been enjoying more possession without threatening Coupet's goal when Nicolas Anelka burst into the box and was upended by David James. Franck Ribery stepped up to send James the wrong way in the 32nd minute of a match which produced very few moments of excitement. David Beckham made his 100th appearance for England who were captained by Rio Ferdinand.

anelka penalty
David James concedes penalty in Paris

In other matches Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored twice in Austria to help the Dutch come from 3-0 down to beat the hosts 4-3, while Germany scored 4 times without reply away to Switzerland with Mario Gomez grabbing a brace. David Villa scored the only goal as Spain beat world champions Italy, and Pato lobbed the keeper to give Brazil a 1-0 win over Sweden in London. Poland suffered a worrying 3-0 home defeat at the hands of the Americans, while Morocco humiliated Belgium 4-1 in Brussels. Kenny Miller squeezed in the equaliser for Scotland after Niko Kranjcar had wrong-footed Craig Gordon with a swerving shot to give Croatia an early away lead in the rain. Freddy Eastwood scored both goals as Wales won 2-0 in Luxembourg, while Northern Ireland enjoyed a 4-1 home win against Georgia. Michael Mifsud scored 5 times for Malta in their 7-1 demolition of Liechtenstein, and Montenegro celebrated a 3-1 home win against Norway. Nicklas Bendtner and Jan Koller scored for their countries as Denmark and the Czech Republic drew 1-1, while Romania outclassed Russia 3-0 with Daniel Niculae scoring twice on home soil. Newly crowned champions of Africa, Egypt, lost 2-0 at home to Argentina, while South Africa prepared for hosting the 2010 World Cup with a creditable 3-0 win over Paraguay.

In World Cup qualifiers the top Asian teams found the going tough, with Japan losing 1-0 in Bahrain and champions Iraq losing to 2 Fabio Sizar goals in Qater. Iran got off to a flying start under their new manager Ali Daei with 2 goals in the first 4 minutes, but were pegged back to 2-2 away to Kuwait. China v Australia and North Korea v South Korea (in China) finished goalless, while Saudi Arabia lost 3-0 in Uzbekistan.

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