• Perhaps there reall are no easy games in international football.
• One Cristiano Ronaldo record that Lionel Messi will never match.


• Maybe there really are no easy games in international football any more, as the Faroe Islands and Liechtenstein won in Greece and Moldova respectively, while San Marino held Estonia to a draw on home soil.

Wayne Rooney 100 caps

• Having nearly quit the game at the age of 14, Wayne Rooney would, 15 years later, became the ninth Englishman to win 100 caps for his country.

Cristiano Ronaldo Armenia

• Cristiano Ronaldo set yet another record – and one that Lionel Messi will never beat. His goal in Portugal’s 1-0 win against Armenia was his 23rd in European Championship games, making him the tournament’s highest scorer of all time.


• Fabio Capello may not be getting paid anytime soon. The Italian, who claimed last week that he has not received any wages since June, watched helplessly as his Russia side were beaten 1-0 by Austria.

Claudio Ranieri Greece

• While Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Greece, Dick Advocaat didn’t wait to be pushed, resigning as coach of Serbia after a 3-1 loss at home to Denmark left them bottom of group I.

Italy Croatia

• Smuggling flares and fireworks into football grounds is still relatively easy, as proved by the pyrotechnic display by Croatia supporters that caused the game against Italy in the San Siro to be disrupted twice.