Saturday 20 January 2018

Euro 2012 Round-Up : Five from five for Germany

IT'S five from five for Germany, who are odds on for a finals place after doubles from Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller saw them hammer Kazakhstan 4-0.

Axel Witsel also scored twice for Belgium on Friday night as they won 2-0 win in Vienna to draw level with Austria in second, eight points behind the leaders. The Austrians face Turkey tomorrow night, while Belgium are at home to Azerbaijan.

Motta puts Azzurri in control

ITALY'S 1-0 win away to Slovenia means they are in control of the group as Northern Ireland's hopes faded behind closed doors in Serbia.

Brazilian-born midfielder Thiago Motta scored the Azzurri's only goal in Maribor, while the Serbs moved level with Slovenia on seven points after their 2-1 win over Nigel Worthington's men. They face Slovenia tomorrow night in Belfast, while the Serbs travel to Estonia.

Les Bleus back on track

FRANCE'S early blip against Belarus is fast disappearing in the rearview mirror as Laurent Blanc's men moved four points clear at the top of the group after their 2-0 win over Luxembourg.

Edin Dzeko struck seven minutes from time to keep Bosnian hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Romania, while Albania's 1-0 win over Belarus means the race for second remains open.

Dutch strolling to qualification

HOLLAND, like most of the big guns, are cruising to qualification after their 4-0 win in Hungary.

Rafael van der Vaart, Ibrahim Afellay, Dirk Kuyt and Robin van Persie were all on the mark for the World Cup finalists, who maintained their 100pc record. The Hungarians won't relish the return tomorrow night, while Sweden host Moldova.

Croatia suffer shock loss

GEORGIA celebrated a famous 1-0 win over Croatia on Saturday to throw this group wide open. Levan Kobiashvili's late winner means just two points separate Greece in first and Temuri Ketsbaia's charges in third.

The Greeks beat Malta 1-0 away, while Israel saw off Latvia to keep their faint hopes alive. The Georgians can go top with a win in Tel Aviv tomorrow.

Capello's men return to summit

ENGLAND'S stroll in Cardiff sees them go back on top, while Bulgaria and Switzerland managed not to score in a 90 minutes where both sides went for a much-needed win.

That means Fabio Capello's men and Montenegro are six points clear of the chasing pack.

Stalemate in Scandinavia

LEADERS Norway were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Denmark, which will come as good news for struggling Portugal who are third, level with the Danes, three points off the top.

Also rans, Cyprus and Iceland played out a scoreless draw in Nicosia.

Villa keeps Spain in driving seat

DAVID Villa's winner against Czech Republic saw the World and European champions Spain maintain their 100pc record on Friday night.

They are six points clear of the Czechs, who face Leichtenstein tomorrow evening, while Vicente del Bosque's men visit Lithuania.

Irish Independent

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