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UEFA EURO 2012: One step nearer

UEFA EURO 2012: One step nearer. 45569.jpegThe UEFA finals in Poland and Ukraine in 2012 are almost decided. Tomorrow the final analysis will dictate the hotspots to be played in mid-week. After the brilliant away victory in Slovakia, Russia is in line to qualify automatically for the UEFA 2012 finals.

Tonight's games Group A

Azerbaijan 1 Austria 4

Turkey 1 Germany 3

Belgium 1 Kazakhstan 1

 Germany qualified.

 

Country Games Points Goals

 

Germany             9 27 31-6

Turkey             9 14 12-11

Belgium             9 13 17-12

Austria             9 11 16-17

Azerbaijan            9   7 10-25

Kazakhstan            9   4  6-21

  

Group B

 

Armenia 4 FYROM 1

Slovakia 0 Russia 1

Andorra 0 Rep. Ireland 2

 

Country Games Points Goals

 

Russia              9 20 11-4

Rep. Ireland            9 18 13-6

Armenia            9 17 21-8

Slovakia            9 14   6-9

Macedonia            9   7   7-13

Andorra            9   0   1-19

 

Group C

 

Serbia 1 Italy 1

N. Ireland 1 Estonia 2

 

 

Italy                 9   23 16-3

Serbia              9   15 13-11

Estonia 10 12 15-14

Slovenia            9   11 10-7

N. Ireland            9    9   9-10

Faroe Islands            10   4  6-26

 

 

Italy qualified

 

  

Group D

 

Bosnia H. 5 Luxembourg 0

Romania 2 Belarus 2

France 3 Albania 0

 

France             9    20 14-3

Bosnia-H.            9    16 15-7

Romania            9    13 12-8

Belarus 10  13   8-6

Albania            9      8   6-12

Luxemburg            10    4   3-21

 

 

Group E

 

Finland 1 Sweden 2

Netherlands 1 Moldavia 0

 

 

Netherlands            9 27 35-5   

Sweden            9 21 29-8

Hungary            9 18 22-14

Moldavia            9   6  8-16

Finland 9   9 16-11

S. Marino            9   0   0-49

 

Netherlands qualified

 

Group F

 

Latvia 2 Malta 0

Greece 2 Croatia 0

 

Greece             9 20 11-3

Croatia             9 19 16-7

Israel                9 13 11-11

Georgia            9 10   6-7

Latvia               9 10   7-10

Malta               9   1   4-19

 

Group G

 

Wales 2 Switzerland 0

Montenegro 2 England 2

 

 

England            8 18 17-5

Montenegro            7 12   7-5

Switzerland            7   8 10-10

Bulgaria            7   5   9-12

Wales              7   6   5-10

 

England qualifies

 

Group H

 

Cyprus 1 Denmark 4

Portugal 5 Iceland 3

 

Portugal            7 16 20-10

Denmark            7 16 13-5

Norway            7 13   7-4

Iceland             8  4   6-12

Cyprus             7  2   3-16

 

Group I

 

Czech Rep.0 Spain 2

 

Spain               7  21 14-5

Czech Rep.            7  10  8-7

Scotland            6    8  7-7

Lithuania            7    5  3-9

Liechtenstein            7    4  3-16

 

Spain qualifies.

 

UEFA Rules for qualifying:

 

"Qualifying group stage
The 51 entrants were drawn into nine groups, six of six teams and three of five. Matches are played on a home-and-away basis between 3 September 2010 and 11 October 2011. The nine winners and the runner-up with the best record against the top five sides in their pool qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight remaining runners-up enter the play-offs.

Play-offs
The four sides with the best UEFA national team coefficient ranking will be seeded and will play the second legs on 15 November 2011 at home. The first legs will be played on 11 or 12 November. The teams which score the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the finals, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw".

(Source: UEFA.com)

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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