International Week Results; Champions League Action to Come; Bonus High School Playoff Coverage
By Nick Barbaro,
2:32PM, Thu. Mar. 29, 2007
It was international week around the globe, highlighted by two full days of qualifiers Saturday and Wednesday for the Euro 2008 European Championship. Those in turn were highlighted by Italy's must-win over Scotland, plus revenge of the minnows: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Liechtenstein all won; former minnow Northern Ireland won two big ones (as did big brother Republic of Ireland); and even tiny Andorra held a wheezy England scoreless for more than half a game. Scores and group recaps are below.
Landon Donovan wore the captain's armband Sunday for the U.S. and scored a hat trick as the Yanks beat fellow World Cup finalists Ecuador, 3-1, in a friendly in Tampa. They were in action again as we went to press, in Dallas against Guatemala.
The European Champions League is back in action April 3-4, and all four quarterfinals will be shown live at 1:30pm on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Tuesday: Liverpool at PSV Eindhoven, and Bayern Munich at AC Milan. Wednesday: Manchester United at Roma, and Valencia at Chelsea.
The Houston Dynamo is at Pachuca, the current Mexican League leaders, 8:30pm Thursday, April 5, in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal. The Dynamo is carrying a 2-0 advantage from the first-leg game in Houston. DC United is at Chivas of Guadalajara in the other semifinal, 8:30pm Tuesday, April 3. Both games are being shown live on Fox Soccer Channel.
In high school bi-district playoffs, the Travis High boys were the lone Austin winner, 4-2 in OT over San Antonio Burbank. But the suburban schools did well; Westlake and Dripping Springs each got wins by both boys and girls. Regional semifinals are this weekend, and regional finals are April 7, on the way to the state championships being held in Round Rock April 12-14.
Click below for the local high school scores, plus full Euro 2008 results.
Selected local high school playoff results:
In 5A, all four Austin schools got bounced by San Antonio teams:
SA Lee 3, Bowie 2
SA Churchill 5, Anderson 0
Westlake 2, SA Reagan 1
SA MacArthur 2, Bowie 1
SA Reagan 3, Austin High 1
Westlake 2, Smithson Valley 0
The McNeil and Cedar Park girls were in action, as well.
4A teams had a little more success:
Travis High 4, SA Burbank 0 (OT)
New Braunfels 3, McCallum 2
Dripping Springs 2, Leander Vista Ridge 1
Boerne 3, Pflugerville Henderson 2 (SO)
Pflugerville Henderson 6, Crockett 0
Dripping Springs 6, Pflugerville Henderson 4
Lake Travis 2, SA Clemens 0
Vista Ridge played SA Alamo Heights late
European Championship results from March 25 & 28
Group A: Kazakhstan got their first European win ever, embarrassing Serbia 2-1; Portugal laid a 4-0 pasting on Belgium and Azerbaijan beat previously unbeaten Finland.
Kazakhstan 2, Serbia 1
Poland 5, Azerbaijan 0
Portugal 4, Belgium 0
Azerbaijan 1, Finland 0
Poland 1, Armenia 0
Serbia 1, Portugal 1
Group B: The biggest game of the week, in the toughest group. Wins by three teams ahead of them in the standings put huge pressure on the World Cup champion Italians. They responded by pretty well dominating group leader Scotland on Wednesday. Meanwhile, France and Ukraine continue to cruise.
Faroe Islands 0, Ukraine 2
Scotland 2, Georgia 1
Lithuania 0, France 1
Ukraine 1, Lithuania 0
Georgia 3, Faroe Islands 1
Italy 2, Scotland 0
Group C: Defending Euro champion Greece was embarrassed in Athens by traditional rival Turkey; those two are still the class of this group.
Moldova 1, Malta 1
Norway 1, Bosnia-Herzegovina 2
Greece 1, Turkey 4
Hungary 2, Moldova 0
Malta 0, Greece 1
Turkey 2, Norway 2
Group D: Germany won in Prague in a showdown between the group's top two teams; Ireland stayed in the hunt with a pair of 1-0 wins.
Ireland 1, Wales 0
Cyprus 1, Slovakia 3
Czech Republic 1, Germany 2
Czech Republic 1, Cyprus 0
Ireland 1, Slovakia 0
Wales 3, San Marino 0
Group E: All of England was calling for manager Steve McClaren's head after a scoreless draw in Israel left England well adrift of group leaders Croatia and Russia. A late and unconvincing win over lowly Andorra on Wednesday will likely not be enough to quiet them.
Estonia 0, Russia 2
Israel 0, England 0
Croatia 2, Macedonia 1
Israel 4, Estonia 0
Andorra 0, England 3
Group F: Spain may have righted their ship with a couple of wins, but, what's this? Once-hapless Northern Ireland is the group leader? That's better than Liechtenstein winning.
Liechtenstein 1, Northern Ireland 4
Spain 2, Denmark 1
Liechtenstein 1, Latvia 0
Northern Ireland 2, Sweden 1
Spain 1, Iceland 0
Group G: Holland is clearly the class of this group, but Romania and Bulgaria stayed unbeaten as well.
Albania 0, Slovenia 0
Netherlands 0, Romania 0
Luxembourg 1, Belarus 2
Bulgaria 0, Albania 0
Romania 3, Luxembourg 0
Slovenia 0, Netherlands 1