Sunday 17 December 2017

Euro 2012 round-up group by group

Qualified: Germany

Play-off contenders: Belgium and Turkey.

Already-qualified Germany did Belgium a massive favour by beating their main play-off rivals Turkey 3-1 away, allowing the Belgians to leapfrog them into second place by one point. However, Belgium, who hammered bottom side Kazakhstan

4-1, are away to Germany -- who have won nine out of nine -- on Tuesday, while Turkey host Azerbaijan.

Group C

Qualified: Italy

Play-off contenders: Estonia and Serbia.

The light went out in controversial circumstances for Northern Ireland's slim hopes of qualfying when Estonia came from behind to win 2-1 at Windsor Park and keep their hopes alive. Serbia -- who drew 1-1 with Italy -- must now beat Slovenia away on Tuesday to finish second; a draw in that match would see the Baltic nation qualify because of their better head-to-head record with the Serbs.

Group D

Qualified: None

Winners/Play-off contenders: France and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In second place going into last night's fixtures, Bosnia-Herzegovina did their part in their effort to top the group, by thrashing lowly Luxembourg -- but it meant little with France also taking maximum points from their game against Albania.

The result leave France and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the only two teams who can advance from Group E and they meet in a make-or-break tie at the Stade de France on Tuesday with the French currently occupying top spot by just one point.

Group E

Qualified: Holland

Play-off: Sweden

The top two spots have been confirmed in Group E, despite one round of games remaining. Holland maintained their 100pc qualifying record with a 1-0 victory over Moldova. Sweden clinched the play-off spot by holding out for a 2-1 win in Finland.

Hungary, in third place, cannot now catch the Swedes, who have a better head-to-head record.

Group F

Qualified: None

Winners/Play-off contenders: Greece and Croatia.

Greece's 2-0 victory over Croatia in Piraeus sees them leapfrog their rivals to the summit of the group.

The match was temporarily suspended less than three minutes after kick-off when over 100 masked men entered a stand and attacked the Croatia supporters.

The game resumed after a six-minute interruption, but the Croat supporters, said to number about 700, continued ripping seats and throwing them at riot police, who responded with pepper spray.

Greece's better head-to-head record means a draw away to Georgia will secure automatic qualification. Croatia are still guaranteed the play-off place but could steal top spot with a win against Latvia if the Georgians spring a surprise on Tuesday.

Group H

Qualified: None

Winners/Play-off contenders: Denmark, Portugal and Norway.

Denmark and Portugal, who both won last night, hold a three-point lead over Norway. The Danes are guaranteed a play-off spot and host Portugal in their last clash . A draw there would eliminate Norway and see Portugal finish top. If Denmark win, then Norway, who are at home to Cyrpus , could pip Portugal for second place.

Group I

Qualified: Spain

Play-off contenders: Czech Republic and Scotland.

Spain's 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Prague means the Czechs must now beat Lithuania away on Tuesday to be sure of finishing ahead of the Scots, assuming they beat Liechtenstein tonight. Scotland visit Spain in their last match.

Irish Independent

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