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Winners & Losers
by Paul Kennedy, October 11th, 2011 6:13PM

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[EURO 2012 QUALIFYING] Denmark, France, Greece and Russia clinched group titles and Sweden went through as the runner-up on the final day of group play in Euro 2012 qualifying. For all Tuesday's winners and losers ...

Euro 2012 Qualifiers:
Poland (co-host)
Ukraine (co-host)
Germany
Italy
Spain
Netherlands
England
Denmark
France
Greece
Russia
Sweden

Euro 2010 Playoff Teams:
Montenegro
Bosnia
Croatia
Portugal
Turkey
Estonia
Ireland
Czech Republic

WINNERS

DENMARK. The Danes beat Portugal, 2-1, in a game they had to win to return to the European Championship finals after an eight-year absence. Michael Krohn-Delhi (who plays for Broendby in Denmark) and Nicklas Bendtner (on a season-long loan from Arsenal to Sunderland) gave Denmark a 2-0 lead. Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in stoppage time was not enough to prevent Portugal from falling into November's playoff series.

SAMIR NASRI. Snubbed by France for its disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign because he was considered a disruptive influence, rescued the Bleus, drawing the penalty and converting the shot himself for the tying goal that gave them a 1-1 draw against Bosnia, which was the better team for most of the game. The tie earned France passage to Euro 2012 and kept alive its streak of having qualified for every competition since its failed World Cup 1994 bid.

SWEDEN. The Swedes came back from 2-1 down in the second half to beat Netherlands, 3-2, on goals a minute apart by Sebastian Larsson and Ola Toivonen and secure the automatic berth that goes to the second-place team with the best record in the group stage.

IRELAND. Playing without injured Los Angeles Galaxy star Robbie Keane, Ireland beat Armenia, 2-1, on an own goal and Richard Dunne's goal to clinch second place in Group B behind Russia, which booked its ticket to Euro 2012 with a 6-0 win over Andorra.

GERMANY and SPAIN. The Netherlands' loss to Sweden left Germany (a 3-1 winner over Belgium) and Spain a (3-1 winner over Scotland) as the only teams to finish with perfect records. The respective victories also eliminated the hopes of Belgium and Scotland of advancing to the playoffs.

LOSERS

BELGIUM and SCOTLAND. Belgium has not qualified for an international championship since Euro 2000, while the Scots have not gone since the 1998 World Cup in France.

SERBIA. Serbia fell at Slovenia, 1-0, in a game it needed to win overtake Estonia for second place in Group C. Manchester United star Nemanja Vidic, just back after being out since August, missed a penalty kick.

FINAL STANDINGS

Group A
Germany 3 Belgium 1
Turkey 1 Azerbaijan 0
Kazakhstan 0 Austria 0
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
Germany* 10 10 0 0 34 7 30
Turkey 10 5 2 3 13 11 17
Belgium 10 4 3 3 21 15 15
Austria 10 3 3 4 16 17 12
Azerbaijan 10 2 1 7 10 26 7
Kazakhstan 10 1 1 8 6 24 4

Group B
Russia 6 Andorra 0
Ireland 2 Armenia 1
Macedonia 1 Slovakia 1
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
Russia* 10 7 2 1 17 4 23
Ireland 10 6 3 1 15 7 21
Armenia 10 5 2 3 22 10 17
Slovakia 10 4 3 3 7 10 15
Macedonia 10 2 2 6 8 14 8
Andorra 10 0 0 10 1 25 0

Group C
Italy 3 Northern Ireland 0
Slovenia 1 Serbia 0
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
Italy* 10 8 2 0 20 2 26
Estonia 10 5 1 4 15 14 16
Serbia 10 4 3 3 13 12 15
Slovenia 10 4 2 4 11 7 14
Northern Ireland 10 2 3 5 9 13 9
Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 6 26 4

Group D
France 1 Bosnia 1
Albania 1 Romania 1
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
France* 10 6 3 1 15 4 21
Bosnia 10 6 2 2 17 8 20
Romania 10 3 5 2 13 9 14
Belarus 10 3 4 3 8 7 13
Albania 10 2 3 5 7 14 9
Luxembourg 10 1 1 8 3 21 4

Group E
Sweden 3 Netherlands 2
Hungary 0 Finland 0
Moldova 4 San Marino 0
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
Netherlands* 10 9 0 1 37 8 27
Sweden** 10 8 0 2 31 11 24
Hungary 10 6 1 3 22 14 19
Finland 10 3 1 6 16 16 10
Moldova 10 3 0 7 12 16 9
San Marino 10 0 0 10 0 53 0

Group F
Croatia 2 Latvia 0
Georgia 1 Greece 2
Malta 0 Israel 2
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
Greece* 10 7 3 0 14 5 24
Croatia 10 7 1 2 18 7 22
Israel 10 5 1 4 13 11 16
Latvia 10 3 2 5 9 12 11
Georgia 10 2 4 4 7 9 10
Malta 10 0 1 9 4 21 1

Group G
Switzerland 2 Montenegro 0
Bulgaria 0 Wales 1
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
England* 8 5 3 0 17 5 18
Montenegro 8 3 3 2 7 7 12
Switzerland 8 3 2 3 12 10 11
Wales 8 3 0 5 6 10 9
Bulgaria 8 1 2 5 3 13 5

Group H
Norway 3 Cyprus 1
Denmark 2 Portugal 1
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
Denmark* 8 6 1 1 15 6 19
Portugal 8 5 1 2 21 12 16
Norway 8 5 1 2 10 7 16
Iceland 8 1 1 6 6 14 4
Cyprus 8 0 2 6 7 20 2

Group I
Spain 3 Scotland 1
Lithuania 1 Czech Republic 4
Standings: P W D L GF GA P
Spain* 8 8 0 0 26 6 24
Czech Rep. 8 4 1 3 12 8 13
Scotland 8 3 2 3 9 10 11
Lithuania 8 1 2 5 4 13 5
Liechtenstein 8 1 1 6 3 17 4
*Qualified for Euro 2012



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