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Monday 18 December 2017

Euro 2012: Who should - and who could - qualify in the last night of qualifiers

THE last round of Euro 2012 qualifiers takes place tomorrow night with several teams still battling to seal their places at the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. How will shape up.


Germany have already sewn up top spot with nine wins from nine games, so the battle is for second place between Belgium and Turkey. Belgium, with a one-point advantage, have only to match their rivals' result, but have a much tougher game, away to the Germans as the Turks host Azerbaijan.


Russia just need a draw at home to Andorra, but the real battle is between the Ireland and surprise package Armenia for second place. The two teams meet in Dublin with the hosts a point ahead of their opponents and just needing a draw.


Italy are guaranteed top spot and Serbia will take second place only if they win away to Slovenia. The Serbians currently trail Estonia, who have played their 10 matches, by one point.


France and Bosnia-Herzegovina meet in a group decider in Paris with the French needing a draw to seal top spot. Bosnia-Herzegovina, a point behind, are guaranteed a play-off place at least.


Holland have finished first with their 100% record still intact. Sweden are guaranteed second place and will qualify directly for the finals as the best runners-up if they beat the Dutch in their final match.


Greece require a draw away to Georgia to claim top spot, with Croatia the only side that can deny them. Croatia, who are guaranteed second place despite losing to Greece on Friday, need to win at home to Latvia and hope for a shock Georgia victory if they are to finish on top.


The standings have been decided with England's 2-2 draw in Montenegro sending England through and the hosts into the play-offs. Switzerland's hopes of finishing second were ended by their defeat in Wales.


Portugal and Denmark are level on points at the top and meet in Copenhagen with the visitors needing a draw to finish first. Denmark will top the group if they win, while a draw could also send them through to the finals as best-placed runner-up provided Sweden do not beat Holland. Norway are three points behind the top two and still have a mathematical chance of finishing second, but need to beat Cyprus and hope Denmark also win with a combined goal difference of 10.


Spain are guaranteed top spot and Scotland will take second provided they match the Czech Republic's result. The Scots take on the world and European champions in Alicante, while the Czechs travel to Lithuania.

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