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Not sure I'd say they overly cracked, given what the ITV commentators were saying about this being a young side building towards the next World Cup. Plenty to be optimistic about, I would have thought.

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All of yesterday's results:

Group B

Russia - Armenia 3-1

Slovakia - Andorra 1-0

Macedonia - Ireland 0-2

This group is becoming really interesting. Now Ireland, Russia and Slovakia have all 13 points and are battling toughly for the lead, which currently Ireland has based on goal difference.

Group F

Latvia - Israel 1-2

Greece - Malta 3-1

Another interesting group. Greece has regained the lead, with both Croatia and Israel now only one point behind. But Israel has one more match played than the other two teams.

Group G

England - Switzerland 2-2

Montenegro - Bulgaria 1-1

No major changes, England and Montenegro still on top with the same number of points. Montenegro is still the biggest surprise among the teams in these qualifiers.

Group H

Iceland - Denmark 0-2

Portugal - Norway 1-0

And another interesting group. Portugal, Denmark and Norway now all have ten points, with Portugal taking the lead.

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The matches on Tuesday:

Group A

Azerbaijan - Germany

Group C

Faroe Islands - Estonia

Group D

Belarus - Luxembourg

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Albania

Group E

Sweden - Finland

San Marino - Hungary

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I really want Montenegro to qualify. I think it would be a great story.

It'll be a great achievement and a great story, but I'm in two-minds as to whether I want them at Euro 2012.

As much as it'd be a great boost for the young nation and a good story, they're a really awful footballing side. I've rarely seen a team not want to win as much as Montenegro. Their football is completely negative, completely defensive, zero attacking intent. It's really dire. Effective, but dire. I'd even go as far as calling it anti-football.

If they reach the finals, all the pre-match hype and optimism about such a small, young nation being there will not be matched by the action on the pitch. So be careful what you wish for.

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Tomorrow is a minor matchday.

The only really big game I see is Germany vs. Azerbaijan. A German win and they are all but assured of a place in (hopefully) Ukraine next year. Needing just 1 point from their 3 remaining games to win the group.

The other games are Faroes vs. Estonia, Luxembourgh vs. Belarus, Bosnia vs. Albania, Sweden vs. Finland and San Marino vs. Hungary.

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Germany seems to become the first team to qualify for EURO 2012. After only less 30 minutes, they lead 3-0 over Austria. A draw would be sufficient for qualification. This German team really plays dream football! First the highly deserved victory against Brazil in the excellent friendly in August (one of the best friendlies I've ever seen of a German team), now a football party which will lead to the ticket to Poland and Ukraine. I'm very proud of those boys.

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5:2

GER vs AUT

85:31

6:2

88:22

Its over - Germany has qualified...

1 : 0 - Mesut Özil (8.)

2 : 0 - Mesut Özil (24.)

3 : 0 - Lukas Podolski (28.)

3 : 1 - Marko Arnautovic (42.)

4 : 1 - Mesut Özil (47.)

4 : 2 - Martin Harnik (51.)

5 : 2 - André Schürrle (84.)

6 : 2 - Mario Götze (88.)

Bulgaria 0-3 England

And Montenegro losing in Cardiff, so great night for us. :)

has england qualified too?

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Bulgaria can expect a fine from UEFA after monkey chants directed at England's black players tonight. To be honest, I can't remember an England match in Eastern Europe over the past 5 or 6 years where this hasn't happened. I wonder what UEFA do with all the money they accumulate in fines. :rolleyes:

As it is, Bulgaria are a very poor side. They've no player who can score goals since Berbatov retired and England sliced them apart pretty easily at the back. I'm liking the look of Young and Rooney together too, especially now they're at the same club.

Congrats to Germany, efficient as ever :D

And Netherlands, 11-0. Who says there are no easy games in international football?

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Happy that Germany has qualified and rendered the game in Istanbul meaningless (I mean denying Turkey a chance at the finals is meaningful enough).

Disappointed Slovenia lost at home to Estonia.

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Much as I'm pleased with England's win on Friday night, I'm absolutely furious for my friends north of the border who were cheated by a diving Czech turd and a pathetic, despicable Dutch referee at Hampden Park yesterday. I have never seen a more blatant dive not punished. Absolutely disgraceful.

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England 1 - 0 Wales

Romania 0 - 0 France

Italy 1 - 0 Slovenia

Netherlands and Italy qualified for the finals

Only Italy is qualified for certain now. The qualification of the Netherlands is very highly probable, but not completely secured yet. If the Netherlands lost both remaining matches (against Moldova and Sweden) while Sweden and/or Hungary won both remaining matches with many goals, the Netherlands could be forced to second or even third place. But as I said, that's highly improbable.

By the way, also England's qualification is almost secured now, after their 1-0 win against Wales. They now have a six-point lead over Montenegro which still has two matches to play (with a maximum of six points to be awarded). So if England achieves at least a draw against Montenegro on October 7, they are through.

Oh, and Spain is about to secure qualification tonight, too. They are leading 3-0 over Liechtenstein right now, which gives them an eight-point lead over the Czech Republic which also has only two further matches to play.

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^Hungary have only one more match (oct 11 vs Finland), so even Netherlands finish second they are guaranteed go through as group runners-up

No, if the Netherlands fail to gain any further points and stay at 24 points, Croatia (19 points currently, with two matches to go) and Greece (18 points currently, also with two matches to go) can still tie the Netherlands' number of points or even surpass it and thus maybe take the role as "best second-ranked team of the qualification" away from the Netherlands. You know: Only one of the second-ranked teams can qualify directly for the EURO (namely the best), all other second-ranked teams have to go to the play-offs.

No, if the Netherlands fail to gain any further points and stay at 24 points, Croatia (19 points currently, with two matches to go) and Greece (18 points currently, also with two matches to go) can still tie the Netherlands' number of points or even surpass it and thus maybe take the role as "best second-ranked team of the qualification" away from the Netherlands. You know: Only one of the second-ranked teams can qualify directly for the EURO (namely the best), all other second-ranked teams have to go to the play-offs.

Sorry, I just learned that for the role as "best second-ranked team", not simply the points total counts, but the performance against the other four best teams of the respective group. Really complicated! But I suppose that even according to that rule, the Netherlands are not qualified for certain yet.

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So the big guns of Europe have qualified. Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Again, the Netherlands' qualification isn't completely secured yet, just as England's qualification. They won't qualify before October 7.

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Again, the Netherlands' qualification isn't completely secured yet, just as England's qualification. They won't qualify before October 7.

Yes it is.

Turkey: Maximum points 14

Russia: 17

Ireland: 15

Armenia: 14

Slovakia: 14

Estonia: 13

Serbia: 14

Bosnia: 16

France: 17

Romania: 12

Netherlands: minimum of 18 to a maximum of 24

Sweden: 18, if Sweden finishes with 18 points they will be group winners.

Hungary: 15

Croatia: 19 (but if they obtain 19 points it will mean they are the group winners), if they are not the group winners they will have 16

Greece: 12 to 18, but if they have an 18 it would mean they are the group winners as they would have defeated Croatia and won the group and Croatia would finish with a maximum of 16.

England: Same deal, they can finish with 18 to 20 points but they would mean they are the group winners

Montenegro: 17

Switzerland: 14

Portugal: 19 but group winners, not the group winner they will finish with 13 or 16

Denmark: 19 as group winners, 13 or 16 as non-group winner

Norway: 16

Czech Republic: 16

Scotland: 14

So yes, Netherlands with their 18 points in comparison to all groups has secured qualification. They need one point to secure victory of the group, but not for qualification.

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