Bosnia and Balkan neighbor Serbia and Montenegro played to a scoreless tie amid tight security in a World Cup qualifying match yesterday in Sarajevo. The two countries fought a bloody civil war that ended a decade ago with 250,000 dead.
Authorities deployed 1,300 officers, some of them riot police, to keep fans from the two nations separated. The last game between the teams -- in Sarajevo in 2000 -- ended with clashes that left 25 injured.
Bosnia had two early chances. Forward Elvir Bolic's powerful volley from about 20 yards was stopped by Serbian goalie Dragoslav Jevric in the 16th minute. Eleven minutes later, Jevric saved a shot by Ivica Grlic.
Serbia and Montenegro had its best chance with five minutes remaining, but Ognjen Koroman's shot was saved by Bosnian goalie Almir Tolja.
Both teams are long shots to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. They are in Group 7, in which Spain and Belgium are the favorites.
Police confiscated nationalist symbols at the stadium gates. Only official flags and symbols were permitted. There were 30,000 fans at the Olympic stadium.
Relations between the two neighbors have been strained since the 1992-95 war, which began when Bosnia declared independence from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia.
Elsewhere, on a day when 38 qualifiers were played across the globe leading to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Czech Republic beat Romania 1-0 in Prague, stopping the Romanians' runaway start. Finland beat Armenia 3-1 to draw even on top with Romania.
David Beckham scored a spectacular goal on a curling, 25-yard shot to lead England past Wales 2-0, but he wound up with a suspension and broken rib.
The England captain, rebounding from his poor play for Real Madrid in the Spanish league, picked up a yellow card ruling him out of England's next game against Azerbaijan on Wednesday.
But he wouldn't be able to play anyway. Beckham was injured minutes after his 76th-inute goal when he was challenged by Wales defender Ben Thatcher. The English team initially said there was no break but a second X-ray revealed a hairline fracture.
Tiny Liechtenstein delivered a shocker with a 2-2 tie against Portugal, the runner-up three months ago in Euro 2004. Slovakia leads Group 3 with 10 points after a 4-1 win over Latvia. Portugal is second with seven.
In Group 2, Turkey and Ukraine share the lead with five points. Ukraine drew with European champion Greece, 1-1, and Turkey routed Kazakhstan, 4-1.
Germany, which as host does not need to qualify for the World Cup, scored a 2-0 exhibition victory at Iran before 100,000 fans in Tehran.
Scotland, beaten 1-0 in Glasgow by Norway, has just one point from two home games. Coach Berti Vogts is under big pressure and his team has yet to face Italy, the Group 5.
Belarus's 4-0 victory over Moldova means Vogts's team is at least three points behind every Group 5 team except the Moldovans.
Norway's Steffen Iversen scored on a 55th-minute penalty kick for Norway, which won for the first time in three games. With four points, Norway is back in contention.
Jan Koller scored the only goal of a Group 1 game in which the Czechs ended a run of three games without a goal to collect their first points. The Czechs lost to the Netherlands 2-0 in their qualifying opener.
In Group 3, Russia's Dmitri Sychev scored three goals in a 4-0 victory at Luxembourg and Slovakia rallied past Latvia 4-1 in an upset.
Sweden beat Hungary, 3-0, in Group 8 behind goals from Fredrik Ljungberg, Henrik Larsson and Anders Svensson. Malta and Iceland tied, 0-0.