Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

EURO 2012: All passports stamped

EURO 2012: All passports stamped. 45876.jpegCroatia, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland and the Czech Republic stamped their passports carrying them to the final phase of UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, after the second legs of the play-offs among the second-placed teams. The results of the games and the group of finalists is presented below.

 

Croatia 0 Turkey 0

First leg Turkey 0 Croatia 3   Final result Croatia qualifies 3-0

 

Montenegro 0 Czech Republic 1

Jiracek (81') scored the only goal of the game, leaving no doubts as to the Czech Republic's superiority over the two games: three goals scored, none suffered. Do not rule Montenegro out, however, of future competitions.

First leg Czech Republic 2 Montenegro 0  Final result Czech Republic qualifies 3-0

 

Republic of Ireland 1 Estonia 1

Ward scored after 32' but Vassiljev got Estonia's goal of honour on 57 in Dublin.

First leg Estonia 0 Rep. Ireland 4 Final result Ireland qualifies 5-1

 

Portugal 6 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2

If the first result had Portugal nervous, the second in Estádio da Luz, Benfica's iconic stadium in Lisbon, left no doubts. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first on 8' and Nani added the second on 24'. Bosnia pulled one back before half time, Misimovic, 41' (penalty). After the break, Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal's third on 53' and Spahic got Bosnia's second on 65' before Portugal buried the game with three more goals. Hélder Postiga scored a brace (72', 82') and the growing force in Portuguese football, Miguel Veloso, chalked up his effort on 80'.

 

 

Standings

 

Group A

  

Country Games Points Goals

Germany          10  30 34-7

Turkey             10  17 13-11

Belgium            10  15 21-15

Austria             10  12 16-17

Azerbaijan       10    7 10-26

Kazakhstan      10    4  6-24

  

Germany qualifies automatically

  

Group B

  

  

Country Games Points Goals

Russia              10 23 17-4

Rep. Ireland     10 21 15-7

Armenia           10 17 22-10

Slovakia           10 15   7-10

Macedonia       10   8   8-14

Andorra           10   0   1-25

  

Russia qualifies automatically

 

Group C

 

 

Italy                 10   26 20-2

Estonia 10   16 15-14

Serbia              10   15 13-12

Slovenia           10   14 11-7

N. Ireland        10     9   9-13

Faroe Islands   10     4  6-26

 

Italy qualifies automatically

 

Group D

  

 

France             10    21 15-4

Bosnia-H.        10    20 176-8

Romania          10    14 13-9

Belarus 10    13   8-7

Albania            10      9   7-14

Luxemburg       10      4   3-21

 

France qualifies automatically

 

Group E

 

Netherlands     10 27 37-8     

Sweden           10 24 31-11

Hungary           10 19 22-14

Finland 10  10 16-16

Moldavia         10  9   12-16

S. Marino        10   0   0-53

  

Netherlands and Sweden (best second place) both qualify directly

 

Group F

 

 

Greece             10 24 14-5

Croatia            10 22 18-7

Israel               10 16 13-11

Latvia              10 11   9-12

Georgia            10 10   7-9

Malta               10   1   4-21

 

Greece qualifies automatically

 

Group G

 

England            8 18 17-5

Montenegro     8 12   7-7

Switzerland      8  11 12-10

Wales              8   9   6-10

Bulgaria           8   5   3-13

  

England qualifies automatically

 

Group H

 

Denmark          8 19 15-6

Portugal           8 16 21-12

Norway           8 16 10-7

Iceland             8  4   6-14

Cyprus             8  2   7-20

 

Denmark qualifies automatically

 

Group I

 

Spain               8  24 26-6

Czech Rep.      8  13  12-8

Scotland          8   11  9-10

Lithuania          8    5  4-13

Liechtenstein    8    4  3-17

 

Spain qualifies automatically

 

Finalists : Poland and Ukraine (hosts)

 

Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden (qualified automatically as winners and Sweden as best second place)

 

Croatia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal

(qualified after the play-offs among the remaining second-placed teams)

 

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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