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Euro 2012 Qualifying: Your Running Commentary

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Some of the top matchups in 2012 European Championship qualifying get underway Friday afternoon, with Germany-Turkey and Portugal-Denmark highlighting the day's fixtures. Defending Euro and World Cup champion Spain is also in action, as are Italy and World Cup runner-up Holland. D.C. United Designated Player Branko Boskovic is expected to play for Montenegro as well.

Former MLS striker Yura Movsisyan scored for Armenia in its 3-1 victory over Slovakia earlier in the day. Here's a schedule of Friday's remaining matches that are being shown on ESPN3.com:

  • Montenegro vs. Switzerland, 2:30 p.m.
  • Wales vs. Bulgaria, 2:30
  • Moldova vs. Netherlands, 2:30
  • Northern Ireland vs. Italy, 2:45
  • Germany vs. Turkey, 2:45
  • Ireland vs. Russia, 2:45
  • Portugal vs. Denmark, 3:45
  • Spain vs. Lithuania, 4

If you will be watching any or all of these matches, please feel free to share any thoughts, opinions and play-by-play in the comments section below. Enjoy the action!

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  1. Nice win by Russia today.

    By the way, I wonder how many people know that seemingly all qualifiers are on ESPN3, and can be watched on replay. Great job by ESPN to make these available.

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  2. This again? In the case of Subotic, looking at his life story, etc.. You really can’t blame the fact that he has more ties to Serbia than the US.
    We’ll lose some, we’ll win some.

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  3. In other off topic news, sadly Davies has not learned his lesson, as we his driver’s license was confiscated after he clocked in at 201km/hour (about 125 mph) late during the night while driving his car.

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  4. Haha, the Turkish keeper just cleared straight to Klose and he put it away for 3-0. But the best part was the German commentator essentially saying ‘typical Volkan, switching between world class and slapstick’

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  5. Yeah, if only he’d pick the US he’d be playing today in Euro quali….uh, nevermind. Oh well, at least he would have played in the World…oh wait, again, nevermind.

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  6. Nani with a double so far over the Danes at the half. Portugal playing much more free flowing football under Bento than they had under Querioz.

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  7. Classy non-celebration by Ozil after his goal. I find the booing really interesting as well since he’s a 3rd generation immigrant. However, I realize the relationship between Germany and Turkish immigrants is a bit different than if he was 3rd generation in the US.

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  8. I wonder if Nevin is regretting his decision to go with Serbia. I notice he’s on the bench today + Serbia is losing the match and is already threatened with elimination.

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  9. Hmmm…I am quite interested for obvious reasons in the Germany-Turkey game. 1-nil Deutschland at half through Klose header. ‘Turkish’ fans in Berlin are booing Oezil every time he touches the ball.

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