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Henry leads France past Egypt

EUROPEAN FRIENDLIES The French World Cup star knocked in a pair as his team blanked outclassed Egypt. Georgia, Israel and Slovenia won important victories in Euro qualifiers

AP , LONDON

France's forward Thierry Henry, right, fights for the ball with Egypt's midfielder Ahmed Fathy during a friendly soccer match between France and Egypt at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AFP

Thierry Henry scored twice as France thrashed Egypt 5-0, and the Czech Republic picked up a lopsided victory 4-0 over Turkey in two key European soccer friendlies on Wednesday.

A night packed with several dozen exhibition matches also saw five Euro 2004 qualifiers contested with Georgia, Israel and Slovenia picking up important victories.

Georgia upset Russia 1-0 in a Group 10 match. In Group 1, Slovenia moved into second place with a 3-1 win at Malta. Israel took third in the same group with a 2-0 victory over Cyprus in Palermo, Sicily.

In other qualifiers, Group 4: Latvia 3, San Marino 0. Group 8: Andorra 0, Estonia 2. In key friendlies:

Mexico 0, Brazil 0

In Guadalajara, Mexico, Brazilian star Ronaldo was outshone by Mexican defender Rafael Marquez, as the sluggish World Cup champions came away with a scoreless draw. Mexico's Omar Briseno disarmed Ronaldinho on the only shot he had on goal, while a faster and more aggressive Mexico saw its shots repeatedly sail wide or high past the hands of goalkeeper Dida.

France 5, Egypt 0

At Paris, French captain Marcel Desailly made history as France's most-capped player, winning his 104th cap to top the old mark of 103 by Didier Deschamps. Henry scored twice in the first half with his Arsenal teammate Robert Pires scoring just before the interval. Djibril Cisse and Olivier Kapo also scored in the second half.

Netherlands 1, Portugal 1

At Eindhoven, Netherlands, Patrick Kluivert's 37th goal in an orange shirt equaled Dennis Bergkamp's Dutch national scoring record. The Barcelona striker picked up Roy Makaay's 27th-minute backheel and side-footed his shot through 'keeper Ricardo's fingertips and inside the post. Midfielder Simao Sabrosa equalized 12 minutes for time when he drove the ball through the legs of Frank de Boer. A bad deflection sent 'keeper Edwin van der Sar sprawling in the wrong direction.

The Dutch have won only once in eight meetings with Portugal. National coach Dick Advocaat stretched his unbeaten record to 14 games at the helm.

Spain 4, Ecuador 0

Striker Fernando Morientes scored three goals as Spain cruised over Ecuador in a friendly match at the Vicente Calderon stadium.

Morientes netted in the 20th, 22nd and 64th minutes on his return to the national side after being omitted from Spain's last four matches. The Real Madrid striker was re

Germany 1, Serbia

and Montenegro 0

At Bremen, Germany, Germany capitalized on a goalkeeping mistake to snap its winless streak with the victory on a goal by midfielder Sebastian Kehl. Germany, the World Cup runner-up, won for the first time in four games. It had goalkeeper Frank Rost to thank for the victory, while the error by the visitors' goalkeeper Dragoslav Jevric led to Germany's goal. Kehl picked up a loose ball and fired from some 30m. Jevric tried to punch it away but instead diverted it inside his own post on the hour.

Czech Republic 4, Turkey 0

At Prague, the Czechs scored four first-half goals and buried Turkey. Tomas Rosicky opened the deluge in the second minute with three others getting into the act: Jan Koller (20th), Vladimir Smicer (37th) and Milan Baros (38th).

Switzerland 1, Italy 2

Alexander Frei gave Switzerland the lead in the fifth minute, but Nicola Legrottaglie equalized for Italy and Cristiano Zanetti got the winner.

Libya 1, Argentina 3

Javier Saviola, Juan Riquelme and Pablo Aimar scored for Argentina while Tariq al-Taib had equalized for Libya in the first half.

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