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Euro 2012 Qualifiers Group D-I Preview: Norway travel to Denmark as Croatia face Israel

Euro 2012 Qualifiers Group D-I Preview: Norway travel to Denmark as Croatia face Israel

Denmark aim to move level on points with Portugal and Norway at the summit of Group H, whilst Bosnia, Greece & Croatia have the chance of solidifying their qualification hopes


GROUP D


2015 CET: Bosnia – Belarus


In a reversal of Friday’s fixture Bosnia, who leapfrogged their opponents with a win in Minsk into second spot, will look to cement their place in Group D; ending Belarus’ hopes of qualifying for the finals next year.

Bosnia cannot guarantee qualification against Belarus, as Romania could still catch them, but a victory would leave the Golden Lilies needing two points from their final two matches against Luxembourg and France.   

Belarus, meanwhile, can keep their dreams alive with a win on Tuesday which would see them reclaim second place in the group, but their fate will be out of their control as Bosnia have a game in hand; although that match is against the group leaders, France.


2030 CET: Romania - France


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GROUP E


1900 CET: Finland - Netherlands


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1945 CET: Moldova – Hungary


Moldova saw their feint hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 extinguished on Friday because of their poor head-to-head record against Sweden, who currently occupy second spot in Group E.

The home side do, however, have a major part to play in who is to qualify along with the Netherlands – who can confirm their place in the finals on Tuesday. Should Moldova deny Hungary of victory then Sandor Egervari’s side will see their campaign come to end as they would not be able to catch the Dutch or Sweden.

A win for Hungary, who overcame the challenge of the Swedes with an injury time winner on Friday to make qualification a possibility, would put the pressure on Erik Hamren’s side; who would need to win two of their remaining three matches to be certain of qualifying.

2030 CET: San Marino – Sweden


San Marino’s disappointing qualifying campaign turned to an abysmal one on Friday night when they were thrashed 11-0 by the Dutch; with Arsenal’s Robin van Persie scoring four of the goals.

Europe’s 'whipping boys' have failed to pick up a single point during the campaign, conceding 44 goals and scoring none along the way, prompting many to question their participation in the qualifiers.

Sweden have a major chance of finishing as runner-up in the group. Whilst a win would prevent the Netherlands from joining Germany, who have qualified already, in the finals next year, there is still a match against the group leaders to come for the Swedes.  

Erik Hamren’s side need two wins from their remaining three matches to secure second spot after Friday’s loss to Hungary kept Sandor Egervari’s side with a slim chance of ousting the Swedes as runners-up.

GROUP F


2000 CET: Croatia – Israel


Victory for Croatia would see them secure one of the top two spots in Group F along with Greece, ending Israel’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012.

Slaven Bilic’s side would then face the Greeks in Athens on October 7 in a match that would determine who would top the group and automatically qualify for the finals next year.

Greece’s win over Israel on Friday all but ended their hopes of qualifying as group winners but a victory, of two or more goals, against Croatia would reignite their chances of finishing as runners-up to the Greeks in place of Croatia. Slaven Bilic’s side, however, would still have a game in hand to wrestle second place back from Israel.


2030 CET: Latvia – Greece

Latvia can still, mathematically, qualify for Poland & Ukraine via the play-offs but they must win all their remaining games including a result against Croatia that betters the 3-0 scoreline that Slaven Bilic’s side inflicted on the Latvians, whilst Croatia must lose all of their matches still to come.

The Greeks, who currently top Group F, could improve their chances of qualifying as group winners with a win in Latvia which would remove the threat of Israel. The Euro 2004 champions would then have the chance to secure a place in the finals next year with a win over Croatia on October 7, no matter what happens in the other matches in the group.

Should Greece fail to win on Tuesday both Croatia and Israel could top the group; with the tie against Slaven Bilic’s side vital to either teams’ hopes of automatically qualifying for Euro 2012.


2030 CET: Malta – Georgia (2030 CET)

Malta have failed to qualify for the Euro finals for the 11th consecutive time; continuing their tradition of finishing bottom of the groups in the process.

The Mediterranean islanders had managed to reach double figures in goals scored for their 2004 qualifying campaign, but Michael Mifsud’s strike was their third in the competition.

Georgia, too, can no longer qualify for Poland & Ukraine, after losing their unbeaten home record against Latvia in a 1-0 defeat on Friday leaving the Georgians six points behind Croatia with a poorer head-to-head record.

GROUP G


2045 CET England - Wales

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2030 CET Switzerland - Bulgaria

Switzerland's chances of qualifying for the finals next year are precariously poised, dependent on results elsewhere in the group.

England and Montenegro are the two teams expected to qualify, but should the English defeat Montenegro on October 7 the Swiss must win both of their remaining games to have the opportunity of qualifying for Poland & Ukraine through the play-offs.

Bulgaria can no longer for Euro 2012 following their 4-0 defeat against England on Friday, which puts Lothar Matthaus’s six points adrift of Montenegro who have a better head-to-head record between the two teams.

 

GROUP H


2015 CET: Denmark – Norway


Following victories for both Norway and Portugal on Friday the Danes will see this as a must win if they are to have any chance of qualifying from Group H.

Denmark are three points off top spot, and after these two shared a 1-1 draw in Oslo, whoever manages to take all three points on Tuesday would become a favourite to finish as one of the top two.

With Portugal expected to beat Iceland on October 7, Denmark would need to win against both Norway and the Portuguese to finish as group winners; whilst also overturning a 3-1 defeat that they suffered earlier in the campaign against Paulo Bento’s side.

For Norway to automatically qualify from the group they must beat Denmark, before needing Morten Olsen’s men to beat Portugal in the final round of matches. Norway’s results against Portugal – both 1-0 wins to the home side - means that goal difference would be used to determine who the group winners; as it stands Portugal would automatically qualify for the finals.


2045 CET: Iceland – Cyprus


Neither Iceland nor Cyprus can qualify for the finals in Poland & Ukraine next year as between them they have managed to amass a total of three points

Cyprus contribute two of those points, after drawing against Iceland in the reverse fixture the islanders also participated in a thrilling 4-4 draw against current group leaders, Portugal.

A win for either team would be the first time that they have managed to pick up maximum points in the campaign with both looking to avoid the embarrassment of finishing rock bottom of the group.

GROUP I


2100 CET: Scotland – Lithuania


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2200 CET: Spain – Liechtenstein

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