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Af­ter a 5-1 Eng­land win in Ger­many, the ed­i­to­rial read: “English foot­ball in­flicted hu­mil­i­a­tion on Ger­many, whose de­fence crum­bled at the light­ning quick feet of Michael Owen.”


Paddy Agnew felt Her­nan Cre­spo should lead Ar­gentina’s at­tack at the World Cup, writ­ing: “Cre­spo is one of the few strik­ers on the world scene to­day who can stand com­par­i­son with [Gabriel] Batis­tuta, one of the few whom one might rea­son­ably pick be­fore Batis­tuta.”


Agnew also re­ported on pro­moted Chievo, a club from a Verona sub­urb of just 4,000 res­i­dents who had won their first two Serie A games and were pre­par­ing for a clash with Ju­ven­tus. He wrote: “Their splen­did start to their first sea­son in the top flight pro­vided one of those de­light­ful re­minders that, if only for a few weeks, even the min­nows can come out to play.”


Vic­tor Gu­sev and Oleg Zader­novsky re­ported on the tragedy of CSKA Moscow’s Ukrainian keeper Ser­hiy Perkhun­who who “died in hos­pi­tal 10 days af­ter laps­ing into a coma fol­low­ing a clash of heads with Anzhi Makhachkala striker Budun Budunov dur­ing a league game”.

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