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Gunning for Euro2012


Gunning for Euro2012


Former European champions France host Bosnia at the Stade de France on Tuesday night in a top of the table winner takes all Group D match.

Ahead of the final Euro2012 qualifier France lead their rivals by one point – Although a draw will suffice Laurent Blanc’s men will look to end their qualifying campaign in style.

Patrice Evra is doubtful, Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery are both out injured but defender Eric Abidal is likely to return to the fold following a groin injury.

Bosnia have guaranteed themselves at least a play-off berth but will be looking to cause a major upset in Paris and seal automatic qualification instead.

Portugal need a draw against Denmark in Copenhagen to advance.

Defenders Pepe and Fabio Coentrao are out injured while Ricardo Carvalho is suspended. But Cristiano Ronaldo believes his side still boast enough talent to get the result.

Ronaldo said: “A lot of great players are missing, defensive mistakes are part of the game but often it is the defence that helps up. We are not worried, we know that we have a strong defence.”

Both sides are level at the top but thanks to their home win against the Danes a year ago Portugal need just a point but victory for Denmark would see them win the group.

Group A is done a dusted with Germany cruising into the finals – Belgium and Turkey now battling it out for the runners up spot and a play-off berth.

Group B is up for grabs. Russia need a win or draw against Andorra to seal the deal. Ireland are still in the chase though and host table rivals Armenia.

With Italy already qualified Estonia will book one of the eight play-off berths if Serbia fail to beat Slovenia in their final group match.

In Group E Sweden are on course for the best second place finish and automatic qualification – their final match is against group winners the Netherlands.

2004 champions Greece will take Group F honours with victory over Georgia while Croatia could steal the show if they beat Latvia and Greece flop in Tbilisi.

Nothing to play for but honour in Group G with England already qualified and Montenegro taking the runners up spot.

And finally Reigning champs and Group I winners Spain end their campaign against Scotland who with the Czech republic are gunning for second place.

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