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Re: Last Night's Match

A review.

U.S. Shuts Out Poland For Rare European Win

The U.S. soccer team has its first winning streak on European soil.

Carlos Bocanegra and Oguchi Onyewu headed in first-half goals, substitute Eddie Lewis scored in the second half, and the United States beat Poland, 3-0, in an exhibition game last night in Krakow, Poland.

"In general we haven't been the best in Europe, but over the last year or two we've certainly gotten better," Lewis said. "To beat a team that is in the European Championship and having qualified so soundly is definitely huge."

The margin of victory was the largest for the Americans in Europe since a 3-0 victory over Austria in April 1998. Following that match in Vienna, the U.S. team has gone 4-14-3 in Europe, defeating Poland three times and Switzerland 1-0 last October -- the Americans' previous European match.

"It's great to come back with a win in Europe," Onyewu said. "In the past we haven't been as good or as imposing as we would expect to be, and this past year we've been able to emerge as a threat to teams. In the past, people would have jumped to play us, but I think each time here we're making a name for ourselves."

Landon Donovan, making his 99th international appearance, wore long sleeves and black gloves on a chilly night and set up the first two goals. His free kick was headed by an unmarked Bocanegra past goalkeeper Artur Boruc in the 12th minute.

Next up for the Americans are exhibition games at England on May 28 and at Spain on June 4, most likely followed by a match against Argentina at Giants Stadium on June 8.

Re: Last Night's Match

More football news

Ukraine, Poland try to placate Platini over Euro 2012
Reuters - March 29, 2008, 2:50 am

KIEV, March 28 (Reuters) - The prime ministers of Poland and Ukraine sought on Friday to alleviate UEFA fears over the progress of their preparations to host the 2012 European championship.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and her counterpart Donald Tusk also signed an agreement to set up a body to co-operate on the vast amount of work both countries need to complete, such as modernising transport and building stadiums.

Michel Platini, head of European football's ruling body UEFA, expressed alarm in January that the two former Communist countries were falling behind schedule.

"We expected and can continue to expect critical warnings from UEFA. It is the responsibility of UEFA and Mr Platini to show every single day what is not yet satisfactory," Tusk told a news conference.

"We both are, both governments, working as fast as we can, and I am convinced 100 percent that we will manage it."

Tymoshenko said she believed work had considerably improved since the two new prime ministers were sworn in -- he last November, she a month later.

"I think that our meeting, the signing of the appropriate documents and also the recent introduction in our countries of a number of necessary measures will change the position and view of Mr Platini as to the quality of preparations," she said. Since Platini's remarks, Ukraine solved a construction dispute surrounding its main Kiev stadium that threatened to prevent it from hosting the final, while the western city of Lviv found a contractor to start building its stadium.