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EURO 2012 as it stands

Published 06/06/2011 | 05:00

GROUP A

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A hard-fought 2-1 success

over Austria on Friday night means that Germany maintained their 100pc record, while Turkey sit a just a point behind second-placed Belgium with a game in hand following their 1-1 draw in Brussels. Guus Hiddink's men play Azerbaijan tomorrow.

GROUP C

Slovenia's 2-0 win over Brian Kerr's Faroe Island's lifts them above Serbia in the race to finish second behind runaway leaders Italy, who beat Estonia 3-0. It could all come down to the final game in October when the Serbs visit Slovenia.

GROUP D

Belarus held France to a draw on Friday, but they really needed a win if they were going to challenge Laurent Blanc's men for first spot. Romania's 3-0 win at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina brings them into contention for second, a point behind Belarus.

GROUP E

Runaway leaders Holland were idle in this round and Sweden's 4-1 win in Moldova means they can get within three points of the Dutch if they win their game in hand against Finland tomorrow. Third-placed Hungary can stay in touch with a win over San Marino.

GROUP F

Wins for the top three, Greece, Croatia and Israel, means it's as you were with the Greeks a point ahead of the others at the top. Their visit to Israel in September will go a huge way to deciding a tight group that has plenty of time to run.

GROUP G

England's slip at home to Switzerland was made a little better by Montenegro's 1-1 draw at home to Bulgaria. That result means the English are tied with the Montenegrans at the top of the group and they still have to go to Podgorica.

GROUP H

Another three-way tie at the top as Portugal's 1-0 win at home to Norway, thanks to Helder Postiga, was music to the Danes' ears as they won 2-0 in Iceland. All three sides are on 10 points with five games played and Denmark have the tougher run-in.

GROUP I

It's as you were for runaway leaders Spain and second-placed Czech Republic as Leichtenstein's first competitive win in four years -- 2-0 over Lithuania -- had little impact on qualification.

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