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THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS

11 Sep 2008
Mexicans Omar Bravo and Andr?©s Guardado shined during the 2-1 win over De Guzm??n’s Canada. Meanwhile Aouate and Israel claimed the first win in the World Cup qualifiers. Meanwhile Fabricio had to wait again on the bench with Spain’s U-21 squad.

Things started well for Deportivo’s international players as Dudu Aouate and Israel were able to obtain their first victory in the World Cup qualifying games. The Israeli squad was visiting Moldavia in Zimbru. As it happened in the past game against Switzerland, Israel starting losing the encounter as Aouate leaked an early goal (scored by Igor Picusciac just seconds after the kick-off).

Aouate played the fully ninety minutes and was an important piece in a squad that achieved a comeback thanks to the goals of Omer Golan (40') and Klemi Saban (45'). Now Israel shares the second spot in group two with four points, just two behind Greece, team that has won the two matches played so far. The next game for Israel is the visit to Luxemburg on October 11, but Aouate’s squad shouldn’t despise its rival as Luxemburg surprisingly defeated Switzerland in Zurich (2-1).

One day before, other goalkeeper of Deportivo had the chance to play an international match. It was Fabricio Agosto who was called in order to play with Spain’s U-21 squad a qualifying game for the European championship. His team was facing Russia as part of group four. But Fabricio didn’t see any action as Valladolid’s Sergio Asenjo continued to be the starting choice of coach L??pez Caro. In the end Spain achieved the win thanks to two goals scored by Valencia’s Mata and Barcelona’s Pique.

The zenith for Deportivo arrived on Thursday’s morning as Mexico and Canada were playing a game in the road to South Africa 2010 as part of group one in the CONCACAF region. Three Depor’s players were in that match: Andr?©s Guardado, Omar Bravo and Julian De Guzm??n. The two Mexicans shined as Guardado was Eriksson’s best player and as Omar Bravo scored the first goal to lead Mexico to a 2-1 win over the Canadians.

Guardado played the fully ninety minutes and gave a new assist as he took the corner that ended in the second goal scored by Barcelona’s Rafael Marquez. The left winger concluded his presentation with an impressive play in which he eluded five rivals to end shooting on target. The action didn’t end ni goal because goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld sent the ball to corner. The bad news for him was the yellow card he saw at minute 41 after referee Brizan Neal interpreted he tried to simulate a foul inside of Canada’s penalty zone. This means he’s now suspended for the next game against Jamaica.

The victory of Mexico in Chiapas was totally expected, but it was more suffered than anybody thought. The game was goalless at half-time and Omar Bravo had to come out from the bench at minute 52 to score five minutes later the first goal of the game, it was in a perfect header after a cross from the right.

About De Guzm??n, the Canadian was the most important man for his team in midfield tough the Canadians barely created any important chance. At minute 7, Depor’s midfielder committed a tough challenge over Luis P?©rez, fortunately for him, the referee didn’t show him any card. This result leaves Canada in a delicate situation: with only one point after three games. Now they need to win at least two of the remaining three games if they want to surpass Honduras and reach the final stage. The next match for both sides will take place on October 11, Canada will play all its chances during the visit to Honduras while Mexico will pay a visit to Jamaica.


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