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Euro 2012 qualifying group by group

Published 07/10/2011 | 05:00

GROUP A

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Qualified: Germany.

Play-off contenders: Turkey, Belgium, Austria.

WITH Germany having been the first team to book their place in the finals, it's all about second spot in Group A with Turkey currently leading the way and Belgium two points back in third.

The Belgians will be hoping that the Germans -- who have a 100pc record in the qualifiers so far -- can continue that trend and beat the Turks in Istanbul, and that they can overcome the Kazhaks at home, to give them a chance when they visit Dusseldorf on Tuesday.

Austria still retain an outside hope, but they are unlikely to threaten.

Group C

Qualified: Italy.

Contenders: Serbia, Estonia, Slovenia, Northern Ireland.

ITALY beat Slovenia last month to qualify, while Serbia are favourites to finish second as they sit ahead of Estonia and Slovenia with a game in hand.

Northern Ireland retain mathematical hope of reaching the play-offs, but Nigel Worthington's side need to beat Estonia and hope results elsewhere go there way. It appears unlikely.

Group D

Qualified: None.

Contenders: France, Bosnia and Herzogovina, Romania, Belarus.

FRANCE are in pole position and with home games against Albania and fellow contenders Bosnia and Herzogovina left, qualification is in Laurent Blanc's men's hands.

A win over Luxemburg would set up a straight shoot-out for the former Yugoslav side, while Romania and Belarus play each other this evening retaining a slim hope of challenging for a play-off spot.

Group E

Qualified: Holland.

Contenders: Sweden, Hungary.

HOLLAND are home and hosed after winning all of their matches, so they can relax. Sweden have a chance to put one foot in the play-offs if they can beat fellow Scandinavians Finland tonight. The Swedes can move three points clear of Hungary ahead of their final group game against the Dutch on Tuesday. Hungary play the Finns at home.

Group F

Qualified: None.

Contenders: Croatia, Greece.

CROATIA can book their place in the finals with victory over the 2004 champions in Piraeus. Both sides are assured of at least a play-off place, with Slaven Bilic's side ahead of the Greeks by one point with two to play.

Group G

Qualified: None.

Contenders: England, Montenegro, Switzerland.

A point in Pogorica would ensure qualification for England, with Switzerland hoping Fabio Capello's men take all three points to bring them into the equation ahead of their game against Montenegro on Tuesday. The Swiss are three points behind Montenegro, who can still finish above England if they win their last two games.

Group H

Qualified: None.

Contenders: Portugal, Denmark, Norway.

And you thought Ireland's group was tight? Portugal, Denmark and Norway are tied on 13 points, but the Norwegians have played a game extra.

With Portugal travelling to Denmark on Tuesday, Norway will be hoping that Cyprus or Iceland can do them a favour tonight in order to prevent a situation where their rivals can draw and eliminate them.

Group I

Qualified: Spain.

Contenders: Czech Republic, Scotland.

SCOTLAND's chances all come down to how Spain finish the group. Already qualified, the World and European champions face the Czechs away and Scots at home in their last two games. Two points behind the Czechs, who have a better head-to-head record, Craig Levein's side's chances look slim as they will require a win in Alicante on Tuesday to have any chance of reaching the play-offs.

Irish Independent

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