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Football: Heading for Euro2012


Football: Heading for Euro2012


Denmark sprung a surprise in Copenhagen after beating favourites Portugal 2-1 to progress to the Euro2012 finals as Group H winners – Paulo Bento’s Portugal meanwhile now head to the playoffs which take place in November.

France survived a scare in Paris as they battled back from a goal down to beat Group D table rivals Bosnia and book their ticket for next year’s finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Samir Nasri scoring a late penalty to earn Laurent Blanc’s men the point they needed.

Elsewhere Belgium’s hopes of a playoff berth vanished when they were beaten by already qualified Germany. Turkey meanwhile beat Azerbaijan to take the runners up spot in group A.

Russia go through as group B winners after thrashing minnows Andorra while Ireland advance to the November play offs with a final victory over Armenia.

Group C winners Italy finished their campaign with victory over Northern Ireland – Estonia go through to the playoffs after Serbia failed to beat Slovenia.

Sweden handed the Netherlands their first defeat in group E and with it earned themselves an automatic berth for the finals as the best runners up.

Angelos Charisteas scored a late winner to send Greece to the finals as Group F winners – heading to the playoffs are Croatia who beat Latvia 2-0.

Switzerland ended their disappointing qualifying campaign on a winning note against Montenegro who had already secured second place behind group G winners England.

Group I winners Spain finished with victory over Scotland whose hopes of grabbing the playoff berth disappeared when the Czech Republic thrashed Lithuania.

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