UEFA World Cup qualifying yielded a major upset Saturday when Austria rocked France 3-1 in Vienna. After a winless Euro 2008 how much more rope does Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech have left? France hosts Serbia Wednesday in need of a result. Andreas Ivanschitz is your hero for Austria, scoring from the penalty spot and playing a part in the other two goals.
"Dear God. England are awful. The team are booed off by their own fans. In Andorra. Again. That it's come to this."
England fans might not out-and-out hate their team, but it's getting close. three Lions captain John Terry saying, "There's a fear of failure," before the match doesn't help things.
Other noteworthy results include Scotland losing 1-0 at Macedonia. Israel coming back from a two-goal hole to tie Switzerland 2-2. Italy needed an injury time tally by Antonio Di Natale to win at pesky Cyprus 2-1 and Spain got a goal from Euro 2008 Golden Boot winner David Villa winner to beat Bosnia 1-0 at home after missing a penalty kick earlier in the match. The biggest pure upset might have been Lithuania romping 3-0 over Romania.
In terms of politically charged games, it was hard to top Turkey winning 2-0 at Armenia. Doubtful a sporting event is going to patch up the ramifications from this event in the 20th Century.
Outside of Europe, Paraguay remained atop the South American table with a 1-1 draw against Argentina in Buenos Aires thanks to a first half own-goal by Gabriel Heinze.
The U.S. plays at Cuba in a couple hours. If you're stuck in front of a computer like me, ESPN 360 is airing the match.