Thursday, March 27, 2008


Alvaro Arbeloa made his debut for Spain when he came on as a second half substitute during a 1-0 win over Italy, while Nabil El Zhar scored on his international bow for Morocco.
Arbeloa came on as a 73rd minute substitute for Sergio Ramos in a match which also saw Fernando Torres come through 49 minutes unscathed.

Xabi Alonso also got a run out when he came on as a 58th minute replacement for Marcos Da Silva. Pepe Reina was an unused sub.

El Zhar, meanwhile, played the second half of Morocco's 4-1 win over Belgium in Brussels, scoring in the 85th minute.

In France, Steven Gerrard played the first half of England's 1-0 defeat before making way for his Anfield teammate Peter Crouch.

Yossi Benayoun scored the winner for Israel in their 1-0 win over Chile in Tel Aviv when he hit a superb free-kick.

Javier Mascherano played for Argentina in their 2-0 win over Egypt in Cairo and Andriy Voronin made his return to action ater a long lay-off when he saw 77 minutes worth of action for Ukraine in their 2-0 win over Serbia. The Reds number 10 was also booked.

It was a disappointing night for John Arne Riise as he played the full 90 minutes as Norway lost 3-1 in Montenegro.

Ryan Babel came on as a 70th minute substitute for Rafael Van der Vaart in Holland's 4-3 win in Austria, while Lucas Leiva was an unused substitute as Brazil beat Sweden 1-0 at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Martin Skrtel was also in action as he played the full 90 minutes for Slovakia in their 2-1 defeat to Iceland.

by Steve Hunter 27 March 2008



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