Oleg Luzhny captained the Ukraine in their 1-0 win
in Iceland last night. The home team were captained by
Arsenal old-boy Siggi Johnsen. The good news for Oleg
is that this win leaves them clear on top of group 4,
so a win in their last match in Russia will mean automatic
qualification. The bad news is that although he had a good game
at right back he was booked for kicking
the ball away, and later limped off injured. See
France, in the same group, are level with Russia one point
behind Ukraine. So they need to win their last match
at home to Iceland to have a chance of first place but
guarantee a finish in the top 2. See previous
newsreel article on Anelka's (non) involvement.
Unusually, no current Arsenal players were in the side,
although perhaps that explains why France struggled to beat Armenia.
Petit is, of course, injured, and Vieira's place
was taken by occasional alleged Arsenal target Christian Karembeu.
Possibly the only England players to come back from the
pathetic display in Poland
with any credit (apart from the keeper Nigel Martyn, who
didn't have that much to do) were the Arsenal pair of
Tony Adams and Martin Keown, both of whom
were colossal in defence. England will be looking for
Freddie Ljungberg's Sweden to do them a favour
against Poland in October.