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Euro 2012 qualifiers round-up: Croatia come from behind to go top of Group F

Euro 2012 qualifiers round-up: Croatia come from behind to go top of Group F

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Croatia came from a goal down against Georgia to go top of Group F, while Sweden beat Moldova to keep the pressure on the Netherlands

Group E

Moldova 1-4 Sweden

Sweden secured a commanding 4-1 victory away to Moldova to keep the pressure on the Netherlands at the top of Group E. Ola Toivonen opened the scoring after 11 minutes, and Johan Elmander secured the points for Sweden with a brace of goals on 30 and 58 minutes. Igor Bugaev hit back for the hosts after 61 minutes, but Alexander Gerndt confirmed the win for Sweden with an 88th minute strike to restore the Scandinavian's three-goal margin.

Sweden are in second place, now six points behind the Dutch but with a game in hand.


San Marino 0-1 Finland

Finland secured a 1-0 win away to San Marino to pick up their second victory of the campaign after beating the minnows 8-0 in November. Mikael Forssell scored the game's only goal after 41 minutes and the visitors held on.

Finland now climb to fourth place, three points behind Hungary but with a game in hand, while staying ahead of Moldova in fifth place on goal difference.

Group F

Croatia 2-1 Georgia


Croatia scored two in two minutes to turn the game on it’s head and secure a vital 2-1 win against Georgia, allowing them to jump to the head of the table, if only temporarily.
Jaba Kankava put the Georgians ahead after 17 minutes but an equaliser from Mario Mandzukic on 76 was followed up by a winner from Nikola Kalinic two minutes later to give the home side all three points.

Croatia are now top of Group F, two points ahead of Greece who will play their game in hand at home to Malta on Saturday evening.

Group I

Liechtenstein 2-0 Lithuania

Liechtenstein picked up their first points of the qualification campaign with a 2-0 win at home to Lithuania, although they remain rooted to the bottom of Group I.

They got off to the perfect start when Phillipe Erne opened the scoring after six minutes. Michele Polverino doubled the advantage after 36 minutes, and the hosts held on.

Liechtenstein stay bottom on three points, but only one point behind Lithuania in fourth and Scotland in fifth , although the Scots have played a game less than the former two.


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