Saturday, 23 March 2013

Shock draw scratches Spain's World Cup qualification trusts 

Finland demolished Sergio Ramos' 100th presence for Spain on Friday as the planet's 87th-stacked up group held the No. 1 side and safeguarding World Cup champion in a qualifier for afterward year's competition in Brazil.

True Madrid safeguard Ramos ended up being the eighth player from his nation to achieve the turning point, and rightfully put his side ahead with a header from a corner four minutes into the second half in Gijon.

Finland's obstinate shielding had disillusioned Spain's mind boggling passing diversion, and the going by side scored a stun equalizer in the 79th moment as Teemu Pukki got obsolete to space in Alexander Ring's flat cross.

The draw developed Spain's unbeaten hurry to 19 matches, yet left Vicente del Bosque's crew second in Group I behind France beyond Tuesday's excursion to Paris.

Just the top country will mechanically qualify from the five-side assemble, with the runner-up making plans to go into the playoffs.

"We regulated the match yet it slipped away in the last minutes," Ramos told journalists.

"Without a doubt we were considering an excess of France --now we truly do need to ponder that one. They are an awesome crew, yet we can overpower them."

The French won 3-1 at home to third-put Georgia to go two focuses clear of Spain after four matches, with objectives from striker Olivier Giroud and midfielders Mathieu Valbuena and Franck Ribery.

The Finns remained lowest part, with two focuses from three amusements.

In Group A, Croatia all yet finished the qualification any desires for neighbor Serbia with a 2-0 triumph in the first crash between the two crews since they ended up being autonomous countries after the war that part Yugoslavia.

With away fans prohibited in Zagreb because of progressing tensions, Mario Mandzukic made the most of an oversight by Aleksandar Kolarov to score the opening objective and partner striker Ivica Olic fixed Croatia's fourth score in five matches.

It put the Croats second on objective contrast behind Belgium, while Wales moved above Serbia into third put with a 2-1 score over Scotland.

Belgium won 2-0 away to Macedonia, with Eden Hazard's second-half punishment adding to Kevin De Bruyne's opener.

Bulgaria united second place in Group B with a 6-0 thrashing of Malta, as Aleksandar Tonev scored a cap-trick, while Denmark won 3-0 away to the Czech Republic to case third put on objective distinction --yet four focuses untied of a plausible playoff spot.

Germany moved five focuses clear at the highest point of Group C with a 3-0 score over Kazakhstan, while second-set Sweden drew 0-0 at home to the Republic of Ireland.

Austria moved above the Irish into third on objective distinction in the wake of thrashing base side the Faroe Islands 6-0.

The Netherlands walked to a fifth successive score in Group D, decimating Estonia 3-0.

Hungary remained second on objective distinction above Romania in the wake of yielding a late equalizer in their 2-2 draw --a consequence which left both countries five focuses obsolete.

Turkey beat bottom side Andorra to be four focuses further back in fourth put.

Switzerland stayed top in Group E without kicking a ball, as Albania climbed to second on objective contrast above Iceland after their particular one-objective scores away to Norway and Slovenia.

Portugal's any expectations of mechanical qualification from Group F endured an enormous blow as Cristiano Ronaldo's group required late objectives from Helder Postiga and Fabio Coentrao to draw 3-3 in Israel.

The consequence left Israel second above the Portuguese on objective distinction, with both groups four focuses loose of Russia --whose match in Northern Ireland was deferred until Saturday because of huge snow.

Bosnia-Herzegovina moved three focuses clear of Greece at the highest point of Group G in the wake of scoring 3-1 against the awhile ago undefeated 2004 European champions, with two objectives from striker Edin Dzeko.

Third-put Slovakia's any desires for a brief moment successive World Cup manifestation were imprinted by a 1-1 draw with Lithuania.

Montenegro and England set up a crunch Group H crash on Tuesday in the wake of differentiating scores.

A 1-0 triumph in Moldova put Montenegro two focuses clear at the top, as both crews had a player sent off and striker Mirko Vucinic netted the main objective in the 79th moment.

England thrashed San Marino 8-0 as striker Jermain Defoe scored twice, while Ukraine climbed to third on objective distinction above Poland with a 3-1 away triumph in a match between the Euro 2012 host countries.


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