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England qualifies, Rooney red carded
by Paul Kennedy, October 7th, 2011 7:25PM

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[EURO 2012 QUALIFYING] England became the seventh team to qualify for Euro 2012 with a 2-2 tie at Montenegro. It led 2-0 lead after half an hour and was leading 2-1 late in the second half when Wayne Rooney was shown a red card. Andrija Delibasic scored a last-minute equalizer that earned Montenegro the point it needed to clinch second place in Group G and qualify for the playoffs.

Here's how the groups still in play look:

Group B: Russia is in the driver's seat needing only a point Tuesday against tiny Andorra to hold off Ireland and Armenia.

Group D: France only needs a tie with Bosnia at home on Tuesday to clinch. Bosnia needs a win to take the group crown.

Group F: Greece took a two-point lead over Croatia with a 2-0 win on Friday in Athens. Having won the tiebreaker with Croatia, Greece will clinch first place with a win or tie at Georgia or if Croatia doesn't beat Latvia at home.

Group H: Portugal and Denmark are tied for first place heading into Tuesday's game in Copenhagen. The Portuguese won the first game, 2-0. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head so they qualify if they beat or tie Denmark. The Danes need to win.

Here's how the second-place races look:

Wild-card: The second-place team with the best record gains an automatic berth into the finals. The other eight pair off in playoffs to be played in November. In the six groups with six teams, the results of the second-place team against the last-place team are thrown out.

Sweden will clinch the wild card if it beats the Netherlands, winner of its first nine games, at home on Tuesday. Four teams have a chance of claiming the wild-card berth: Denmark or Portugal (16 points), Sweden (15) and Croatia (13).

Playoff berths: Montenegro clinched a berth in November's playoffs. Sweden has clinched no worse than a berth in the playoffs. France or Bosnia (Group D), Greece or Croatia (Group F) and Denmark or Portugal (Group H) are assured of making the playoffs. The second-place team in the four other groups will be decided on Tuesday.

Euro 2012 Qualifiers:
Poland (co-host)
Ukraine (co-host)
Germany
Italy
Spain
Netherlands
England

*Qualified.

Group A
Oct. 7
Azerbaijan 1 Austria 4
Belgium 4 Kazakhstan 1
Turkey 1 Germany 3
Oct. 11
Germany vs. Belgium
Turkey vs. Azerbaijan, Foxsoccer.tv, 1 pm ET
Kazakhstan vs. Austria
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
27 *Germany 9-0-0 31/6
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15 Belgium 4-3-2 20/12
14 Turkey 4-2-3 12/11
11 Austria 3-2-4 16/17
7 Azerbaijan 2-1-6 10/23
3 Kazakhstan 1-0-8 4/24

Group B
Oct. 7
Armenia 4 Macedonia 1
Andorra 0 Ireland 2
Slovakia 0 Russia 1
Oct. 11
Ireland vs. Armenia, ESPN3.com, 1:45 pm ET
Russia vs. Andorra
Macedonia vs. Slovakia
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
20 Russia 6-2-1 11/4
18 Ireland 5-3-1 13/6
17 Armenia 5-2-2 21/8
14 Slovakia 4-2-3 6/9
7 Macedonia 2-1-6 7/13
0 Andorra 0-0-9 1/19

Group C
Oct. 7
Northern Ireland 1 Estonia 2
Serbia 1 Italy 1
Oct. 11
Italy vs. Northern Ireland
Slovenia vs. Serbia, Foxsoccer.tv, 2:45 pm ET
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
23 *Italy 7-2-0 17/2
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16 Estonia 5-1-4 15/14
15 Serbia 4-3-2 13/11
11 Slovenia 3-2-4 10/7
9 Northern Ireland 2-3-4 9/10
4 Faroe Islands 1-1-8 6/26

Group D
Oct. 7
Bosnia 5 Luxembourg 0
France 3 Albania 0
Romania 2 Belarus 2
Oct. 11
France vs. Bosnia, ESPN3.com, 3 pm ET
Albania vs. Romania
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
20 France 6-2-1 14/3
19 Bosnia 6-1-2 16/9
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13 Romania 3-4-2 12/8
13 Belarus 3-4-3 8/7
8 Albania 2-2-5 6/13
4 Luxembourg 1-1-8 3/21

Group E
Oct. 7
Netherlands 1 Moldova 0
Finland 1 Sweden 2
Oct. 11
Sweden vs. Netherlands, ESPN3.com, 2 pm ET
Hungary vs. Finland, Foxsoccer.tv, 2 pm ET
Moldova vs. San Marino
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
27 *Netherlands 9-0-0 36/5
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21 Sweden 7-0-2 28/9
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18 Hungary 6-0-3 22/14
9 Finland 3-0-6 16/16
6 Moldova 2-0-7 8/17
0 San Marino 0-0-9 0/49

Group F
Oct. 7
Greece 2 Croatia 0
Latvia 2 Malta 0
Oct. 11
Georgia vs. Greece, ESPN3.com, 1 pm ET
Malta vs. Israel
Croatia vs. Latvia
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
21 Greece 6-3-0 12/4
19 Croatia 6-1-2 16/7
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13 Israel 4-1-4 11/11
11 Latvia 3-2-4 9/10
10 Georgia 2-4-3 6/7
1 Malta 0-1-8 4/19

Group G
Oct. 7
Montenegro 2 England 2
Wales 2 Switzerland 0
Oct. 11
Bulgaria vs. Wales, Foxsoccer.tv, 2:05 pm ET
Switzerland vs. Montenegro, ESPN3.com, 2:05 pm ET
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
18 *England 5-3-0 17/5
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12 Montenegro 3-3-1 7/5
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8 Switzerland 2-2-3 10/10
6 Wales 2-0-5 5/10
5 Bulgaria 1-2-4 3/12

Group H
Oct. 7
Portugal 5 Iceland 3
Cyprus 1 Denmark 4
Scorers: Andreas Avraam 45; Lars Jacobsen 7, Dennis Rommedahl 11, 22, Michael Krohn-Dehli 20
Oct. 11
Norway vs. Cyprus
Denmark vs. Portugal, ESPN3.com, 2:15 pm ET
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
16 Portugal 5-1-1 20/10
16 Denmark 5-1-1 13/5
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13 Norway 4-1-2 7/6
4 Iceland 1-1-6 6/14
2 Cyprus 0-2-5 6/17

Group I
Oct. 7
Czech Republic 0 Spain 2
Oct. 8
Liechtenstein vs. Scotland, ESPN3.com, 1:30 pm ET
Oct. 11
Spain vs. Scotland, ESPN3.com, ESPN Deportes, 2:45 pm ET
Lithuania vs. Czech Republic, Foxsoccer.tv, 2:45 pm ET
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
21 *Spain 7-0-0 23/5
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10 Czech Republic 3-1-3 8/7
8 Scotland 2-2-2 7/7
5 Lithuania 1-2-4 3/9
4 Liechtenstein 1-1-5 3/16



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