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Spain in trouble after home tie with Finland
March 22nd, 2013 8:09PM

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[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING: Europe] Despite an 81-19 percent edge in possession and 9-1 advantage in shots on goal, reigning World Cup champion Spain's hopes to winning its qualifying group took a huge hit as it had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Finland. The result dropped it two points behind France, a 3-1 winner over Georgia, heading into Tuesday's showdown with the Bleus at the Stade de France.

Striker Teemu Pukki scored from a counterattack in the 79th minute as the Finns, last in Group I with two points, earned the improbable tie. Defender Sergio Ramos, making his 100th international appearance, had the lone goal for Spain in the 48th minute.

-- Veteran striker Ivica Olic scored one goal and set up another to lead Croatia past Serbia, 2-0, in Zagreb in the first meeting as independent countries following the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Croatia remained tied with Belgium atop Group A while Serbia dropped into fourth place nine points off the lead.

-- Portugal came back from 3-1 down after 70 minutes thanks to late goals from Helder Postiga and Fabio Coentrao, including one in stoppage time, to draw 3-3 with Israel in Tel Aviv. The draw leaves the two teams with eight points apiece, four points behind Group F leader Russia whose match against Northern Ireland was postponed until Saturday following heavy snow in Belfast.

-- Netherlands' 3-0 win over Estonia in Group D extended its winning streak in World Cup qualifying to 13 games and its unbeaten streak to 27 games. Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Ruben Schaken scored the three goals -- all in the second half -- for the Oranje.

-- Bosnia beat Greece, 3-1, in their top-of-the-table clash in Group G. Manchester City'sEdin Dzeko scored twice, and former Saint Louis University star Vedad Ibisevic scored on a rebound off a missed penalty kick for the third goal.

Group A
Scotland 1 Wales 2
Macedonia 0 Belgium 2
Croatia 2 Serbia 0
PTS Standings W T L +/-
13 Belgium 5 4 1 0 10 1
13 Croatia 5 4 1 0 8 2
6 Wales 5 2 0 3 5 12
4 Serbia 5 1 1 3 6 7
4 Macedonia 5 1 1 3 3 6
2 Scotland 5 0 2 3 3 7

Group B
Bulgaria 6 Malta 0
Czech Republic 0 Denmark 3
PTS Standings W T L +/-
10 Italy 4 3 1 0 10 4
9 Bulgaria 5 2 3 0 10 3
5 Denmark 4 1 2 1 5 4
5 Czech Republic 4 1 2 1 3 4
3 Armenia 3 1 0 2 2 4
0 Malta 4 0 0 4 1 12

Group C
Sweden 0 Ireland 0
Austria 6 Faroe Islands 0
Kazakhstan 0 Germany 3
PTS Standings W T L +/-
13 Germany 5 4 1 0 18 6
8 Sweden 4 2 2 0 8 5
7 Austria 4 2 1 1 11 2
7 Ireland 4 2 1 1 7 8
1 Kazakhstan 5 0 1 4 1 11
0 Faroe Islands 4 0 0 4 2 15

Group D
Hungary 2 Romania 2
Andorra 0 Turkey 2
Netherlands 3 Estonia 0
PTS Standings W T L +/-
15 Netherlands 5 5 0 0 16 2
10 Hungary 5 3 1 1 12 7
10 Romania 5 3 1 1 10 6
6 Turkey 5 2 0 3 6 6
3 Estonia 5 1 0 4 1 9
0 Andorra 5 0 0 5 0 15

Group E
Slovenia 1 Iceland 2
Norway 0 Albania 1
PTS Standings W T L +/-
10 Switzerland 4 3 1 0 7 1
9 Albania 5 3 0 2 6 5
9 Iceland 5 3 0 2 6 5
7 Norway 5 2 1 2 6 6
3 Cyprus 4 1 0 3 4 8
3 Slovenia 5 1 0 4 4 8

Group F
Luxembourg 0 Azerbaijan 0
Israel 3 Portugal 3
Northern Ireland vs. Russia
(rescheduled for Saturday)
PTS Standings W T L +/-
12 Russia 4 4 0 0 8 0
8 Israel 5 2 2 1 13 8
8 Portugal 5 2 2 1 9 6
3 Northern Ireland 4 0 3 1 3 5
3 Azerbaijan 5 0 3 2 2 6
2 Luxembourg 5 0 2 3 2 12

Group G
Bosnia 3 Greece 1
Liechtenstein 1 Latvia 1
Slovakia 1 Lithuania 1
PTS Standings W T L +/-
13 Bosnia 5 4 1 0 18 3
10 Greece 5 3 1 1 6 4
8 Slovakia 5 2 2 1 6 4
5 Lithuania 5 1 2 2 4 7
4 Latvia 5 1 1 3 6 9
1 Liechtenstein 5 0 1 4 2 15

Group H
Poland 1 Ukraine 3
Moldova 0 Montenegro 1
San Marino 0 England 8
PTS Standings W T L +/-
13 Montenegro 5 4 1 0 13 2
11 England 5 3 2 0 20 2
5 Ukraine 4 1 2 1 4 3
5 Poland 4 1 2 1 6 6
4 Moldova 5 1 1 3 2 8
0 San Marino 5 0 0 5 0 24

Group I
Spain 1 Finland 1
France 3 Georgia 1
PTS Standings W T L +/-
10 France 4 3 1 0 8 3
8 Spain 4 2 2 0 7 2
4 Georgia 5 1 1 3 3 7
3 Belarus 4 1 0 3 3 8
2 Finland 3 0 2 1 2 3



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