I knowthis is a bit late given that most of the games are over, but what the hey, here’s a nice little space for you to discuss the international break. Asian WCQs, friendlies, and even U23 matches. Have at it, folks. More soon from your favoritest writing crew, perhaps even within this particular post given that there are some highlights worth showing.
First up, Clint Dempsey scoring for the US against Italy, in Italy (h/t Dirty Tackle)
You may not care about Clint Dempsey or the USMNT, but, well, I don’t think that matters, now does it? Plus, he beat Thiago Motta. First time the US has ever beaten Italy and they did it in Genoa against a team that hadn’t given up a goal at home in any of their Euro2012 qualifiers. Say what you will about the team on hand (shouldn’t Balotelli have been there?), but the US did their thing.
Okay, so Barça-related:
Messi gets his first hat trick for Argentina, though with 1 of those being a penalty. Good to see him getting some goals for the albiceleste.
Iniesta with the first was lovely to see. And, as far as I can tell, no one got hurt, which is actually far lovelier.
Abidal played 90 minutes and left seemingly completely intact. This is good.
H/T on both to 101 Goals
The Dutch beat England with 2 wonderful goals from Arjen Robben that are worth watching.
Scott Parker fall down go boom.