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Trim suits England hero Terry
by Paul Kennedy, April 2nd, 2009 7AM

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[WORLD CUP 2010 QUALIFYING-EUROPE] Spain, England and the Netherlands remained the only teams with perfect records at the midway point of World Cup 2010 qualifying in Europe. Northern Ireland held on its surprise lead in Group 3, while Ireland got a late goal from Robbie Keane to earn a 1-1 tie at Italy. The Czech Republic slumped to a 2-1 loss at home to Slovakia. For more on European action and all the results, goalscorers and standings ...

Sporting a 10-pound haircut -- he still owes -- from teammate Wayne Rooney, England captain John Terry scored with five minutes left to give England a 2-1 win over Ukraine.

Terry's goal came only 11 minutes after his former Chelsea teammate Andriy Shevchenko had equalized for visiting Ukraine.

Terry scored on a header after Steven Gerrard had flicked on David Beckham's free kick, and the England captain celebrated by mimicking a trim with Rooney.

"In the week, I needed a little trim up," said Terry. "We're not allowed to leave the hotel or anything so I asked Wayne and he obliged. I'm pleased with it. I might go back next time. He was asking for 10 pounds and I still owe him it!"

Spain maintained its six-point lead over Bosnia in Group 5 with a 2-1 win over Turkey on a goal by Albert Riera in stoppage time. The Turks, looking for their first win in Spain in 55 years, led on a goal by Semih Senturk in the 26th minute until shortly after the hour mark when Xabi Alonso tied the game from the penalty spot.

The Dutch lead Group 8 by eight points -- the largest lead in Europe -- thanks to a 4-0 win over Macedonia. The Oranje attack was again in fine form with winger Arjen Robben setting up striker Dirk Kuyt and Klaas Jan Huntelaar for goals in the first quarter of an hour.

A last-gasp goal earned the Irish a draw in Bari against Italy, which played with 10 men for the last 86 minutes after Giampaolo Pazzini was sent off for an elbow. Keane scored after goalie Shay Given's long punt was knocked on by sub Caleb Folan.

Northern Ireland won its fourth qualifier in a row when Warren Feeney scored on a header -- his team's first shot on goal -- in the 73rd minute.

Slovakia beat the Czech Republic for the first time in more than a decade when it broke a 1-1 tie on Erik Jendrisek's goal against the run of play in the 83rd minute. It came after goalie Peter Cech failed to hold on to Jendrisek's initial attempt.

Slovakia trails Northern Ireland by one point. The loss left the Czechs in fourth place five points off the pace.

Group 1
Hungary 3 (Hajnal 7, Gera 80, Juhasz 90) Malta 0.
Denmark 3 (Andreasen 31, Larsen 37, Poulsen 80) Albania 0.
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Denmark 4 1 0 12 2 13
Hungary 4 1 1 8 2 13
Portugal 1 3 1 6 3 6
Sweden 1 3 0 2 1 6
Albania 1 3 3 3 6 6
Malta 0 1 6 0 17 1

Group 2
Latvia 2 (Zigajevs 45, Verpakovskis 76) Luxembourg 0
Switzerland 2 (Nkufo 20, Frei 53) Moldova 0
Greece 2 (Salpingidis 32, Samaras pen. 67) Israel 1 (Barda 60)
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Greece 4 1 1 12 4 13
Switzerland 4 1 1 11 6 13
Latvia 3 1 2 10 6 10
Israel 2 3 1 10 8 9
Luxembourg 1 1 4 3 13 4
Moldova 0 1 5 2 11 1

Group 3
Czech Rep. 1 (own goal 30) Slovakia 2 (Sestak 22, Jendrisek 83)
Poland 10 (Boguski 1, 27, Smolarek 18, 60, 72, 81, Lewandowski 43, Jelen 51, Lewandowski 63, Saganowski 88) San Marino 0
No. Ireland 1 (Feeney 73) Slovenia 0
TEAM W T L GF GA P
No. Ireland 4 1 2 12 6 13
Slovakia 4 0 1 10 6 12
Poland 3 1 2 18 7 10
Czech Rep. 2 2 2 6 4 8
Slovenia 2 2 2 5 4 8
San Marino 0 0 6 1 25 0

Group 4
Liechtenstein 0 Russia 1 (Zurianov 38)
Wales 0 Germany 2 (Ballack 11, Williams 48-og)
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Germany 5 1 0 18 4 16
Russia 4 0 1 9 3 12
Finland 2 1 1 6 6 7
Wales 2 0 4 4 7 6
Azerbaijan 0 1 3 0 4 1
Liechtenstein 0 1 4 0 13 1

Group 5
Estonia 1 (Puri 83) Armenia 0
Bosnia 2 (Dzeko 12, 15) Belgium 1 (Swerts 88)
Turkey 1 (Senturk 26) Spain 2 (Alonso 62-pen, Riera 90+2)
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Spain 6 0 0 13 2 18
Bosnia 4 0 2 18 7 12
Turkey 2 2 2 6 5 8
Belgium 2 1 3 10 11 7
Estonia 1 2 3 5 15 5
Armenia 0 1 5 3 15 1

Group 6
Kazakhstan 1 (Abdulin 10) Belarus 5 (Hleb 47, Kalachev 53, 63, Stasevich 57, Rodionov 88)
Andorra 0 Croatia 2 (Klasnic 15, Da Silva 35)
England 2 (Crouch 29, Terry 85) Ukraine 1 (Shevchenko 74)
TEAM W T L GF GA P
England 5 0 0 16 4 15
Croatia 3 1 1 10 4 10
Ukraine 2 1 1 5 3 7
Belarus 2 0 2 9 6 6
Kazakhstan 1 0 4 6 16 3
Andorra 0 0 5 1 14 0

Group 7
Austria 3 (Prodl 10, Pogatetz 45+2, Scharner 59) Romania 1 (Marica 49)
France 1 (Ribery 75) Lithuania 0
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Serbia 4 0 1 12 5 12
France 3 1 1 7 6 10
Lithuania 3 0 3 6 5 9
Austria 2 1 2 7 8 7
Romania 1 1 3 6 10 4
Faeroe Islands 0 1 3 1 5 1

Group 8
Bulgaria 2 (Popov 8, Makriev 90+4) Cyprus 0
Georgia 0 Montenegro 0
Italy 1 (Iaqunita 11) Ireland 1 (Keane 87)
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Italy 4 2 0 9 3 14
Ireland 3 3 0 7 4 12
Bulgaria 1 4 0 5 3 7
Cyprus 1 1 3 4 7 4
Montenegro 0 3 2 3 6 3
Georgia 0 3 4 4 9 3

Group 9
Netherlands 4 (Kuyt 16, 41, Huntelaar 25, van der Vaart 88) Macedonia 0
Scotland 2 (McCormack 39, Fletcher 65) Iceland 1 (Sigurdsson 54)
TEAM W T L GF GA P
Netherlands 5 0 0 12 1 15
Scotland 2 1 2 4 6 7
Iceland 1 1 3 5 8 4
Macedonia 1 0 3 2 7 3
Norway 0 2 1 2 3 2



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