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Euro 2012 qualifiers as they happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Chris Bevan

2226: And so ends what was (eventually) a successful night for England and Scotland on the road to Euro 2012. Both picked up three points, albeit in very different circumstances. While Fabio Capello's men put on a confident and convincing display to win 3-1 in Switzerland, Scotland had to wait until the very last second to see off Liechtenstein 2-1. A win is still a win, though, so I won't knock it. Thanks for keeping me company, and I'll see you on Saturday when the Premier League resumes. Bye for now.

wullyjum on Twitter: "Celebrating a last minute winner against Liechtenstein seems very wrong, but I don't care."

2218: Scotland boss Craig Levein after his side's fightback from a goal down to beat Liechtenstein in injury-time: "I feel happy and relieved, I don't know if lucky is the word, I'm happy for eveyone associated with the team, this is a situation where it would be easy for the supporters to turn on us but they cheered us to the death and got what they deserved."

2217: A few of you are suggesting that Liechtenstein's time-wasting tactics were behind the extended injury-time at Hampden Park, and I can believe it. I also saw a fair few ugly tackles fly in on the Scottish players too, particularly that one on Alan Hutton which I'm not surprised he was livid about because it could have ended his career. Still, Scotland were labouring throughout the game, not just in the final few minutes and, no matter how awkward the minnows made it for them, they surely shouldn't have to rely on a 97th-minute goal to win a game against Liechtenstein? Surely?

2211: England boss Fabio Capello after his side's convincing victory in Switzerland: "I think we played well in the first half. It was fantastic football. It was important to win and I was really happy with the first half. In the second half we played too slow and ball possession was too slow. Rooney scored a goal and it is important for him and us. Tactically, he did some things really well. He played well. He was always the centre of the play and movement. I think the pressure was really on him but he played really well.

2209: Scotland match-winner Stephen McManus on his last-gasp injury-time goal to beat Liechtenstein 2-1: "It shows character that we keep going to the end. We never performed as we'd like to have done, they made it hard but the way they reacted with the challenges and time-wasting, it was a great result for us - when you react like that in football matches sometimes you get what you deserve."

2205 Republic of Ireland 3-1 Andorra
John Haughey reports: "Robbie Keane's second-half goal ease Irish nerves as the home team labours for much of the game… but it's six points out of six as Trapattoni's side lead Group B."

2202: Scotland are away to the Czech Republic on 8 October and at home to Spain four days later. I think they will have to improve quite a bit on tonight's performance if they are going to win those games too... but I'm not writing anything off after what just happened.

From Scott from Glasgow via text: "Never in any doubt. Roll on Spain."

2159: Scotland are top of Group I tonight. I'm not sure how, but they are.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Scotland goal: I don't believe it. In the 97th minute, Barry Robson sends over a corner and Stephen McManus runs into head home an unlikely winner. I guess Scotland found their hero... and they are very fortunate. There was only meant to be five added minutes for a start.

2156: GOALFLASH Scotland 2-1 Liechtenstein (McManus)

2155: A corner for Liechtenstein in the sixth minute of injury time. They don't want a winner, though, instead they are playing for full-time.

2154: A last chance for Scotland? Michele Poverino hauls down Alan Hutton on the edge of the box and Barry Robson shapes up to take the free-kick... which he curls over the bar. Scotland need a hero, and quickly.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Last one from me - and it's a bit of a shock, non? Bosnia-Hercegovina 0-2 France, Karim Benzema and Florent Malouda with the goals for the French. Are they finally putting their shocking summer behind them?"

DCLane on Twitter: "Scotland fans; is it all over for Euro 2012 already? Time for a new manager?"

Yellow card
2152: Alan Hutton is getting booked now, after tangling with Michele Poverino. Scotland's players are losing their cool a bit - this has been a frustrating night for them.

2150: There will be five minutes of added time at Hampden Park. Scotland need another goal to avoid what will still be an embarrassing result.

2148: An absolutely shocking tackle by David Hasler on Scotland's Alan Hutton. That was high, late, and dangerous - in other words, a leg-breaker, and Hutton has already had his share of broken legs. Amazingly, Hasler escapes punishment and Allan McGregor is booked for complaining.

2146: Scotland are hardly piling on the pressure in Glasgow, and they have just had Lee McCulloch booked - which means he will miss their next game against the Czech Republic. Just three minutes of normal time left for them to force a winner.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Job done for Germany. They've thumped Azerbaijan 6-1 at home - Miroslav Klose with two for the Germans. Similar story for Italy, who eased to a 5-0 win over the Faroe Islands."

2142: And here's a score for you too. Argentina are leading Spain 3-0, thanks to goals from Leo Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez. All in the first half. Am I the only person thinking 'wow!'?

2139: Here's a stat for you. The attendance at Hampden Park is 37,050 - which is bigger than the entire population of Liechtenstein. The minnows are still level, however, and Scotland's latest attack ended when Barry Robson went down in the area hoping for a penalty that never came.

2139: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Jakob Park in Basle: "England make it maximum points from their first two Euro 2012 qualifiers. This was very convincing and the win was the reward for their best display for some time."

Full time
2138: FULL-TIME Republic of Ireland 3-1 Andorra

2137: So that is six points out of six for England and they are now sitting top of Group G. Even Wayne Rooney has got something to smile about tonight as well.

Full time
2136: FULL-TIME Switzerland 1-3 England

2135: We will have three minutes of added time in Basle but England have already got the points in the bag. Scotland have got 15 minutes left to find a winner in Glasgow, but Liechenstein are holding out so far, and it is far from one-way traffic at Hampden Park.

mUtEl0_PR on Twitter: "why oh why does Shaun Wright-Phillips still get called up, great finish by Bent, he should have two goals now."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
England goal: Right, that really should be job done. This time the ball is fed to Darren Bent in the area and he takes a touch before hammering a low shot past the helpless Diego Benaglio. We have got just a minute of the 90 to go.

2131: GOALFLASH Switzerland 1-3 England (Bent)

2130: A real waste by Shaun Wright-Phillips. He is onside with the Swiss caught short at the back but his attempted cross for Darren Bent, who is unmarked in front of goal, is woefully under-hit.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Just gonna smash some full-times your way. Simple. Norway 1-0 Portugal. Netherlands 2-1 Finland. Austria 2-0 Kazakhstan. Hungary 2-1 Moldova. Croatia 0-0 Greece. And, in Northern Ireland's group, Serbia 1-1 Slovenia."

From Simon in Burton via text: "So Switzerland were the last team to beat Spain. England then (hopefully) beat Switzerland. Are we now the best team in the world Chris?"


Erm, no.

2125: Ashley Cole is a lucky man. He was booked earlier on for a wild tackle and could easily just have been shown a second yellow after kicking the ball away when Switzerland get a free-kick. Not the most sensible thing to do in the circumstances.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Scotland goal: Huge, huge sighs of relief at Hampden Park - Barry Robson's cross from the left is not cleared properly and only goes as far as Kenny Miller, who thumps a volley into the roof of the net, his first goal in 12 games for Scotland. Now they have around 25 minutes to find a winner...

2122: Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces goalscorer Wayne Rooney, which means England now have six Manchester City players on the pitch.

2121: GOALFLASH Scotland 1-1 Liechtenstein (Miller)

2121: Just to give you a bit of perspective on the Scotland score - my colleague Rob tells me that in 81 qualifying matches going back 15 years, Liechtenstein have won five, drawn eight and lost 68.

2120: Chance of the night for Scotland - Kris Boyd knocks down a cross across the edge of the area into the path of Darren Fletcher, who produces a superb side-footed half-volley which draws a good save from Peter Jehle in the Leichtenstein goal. This is a bit more like it - but still, crucially, no goal.

2119: Just before that cracking Shaqiri goal, England brought off the injured Jermain Defoe and replaced him with Darren Bent. There are around 15 minutes left in Basle and Switzerland are coming forward with renewed hope.

2118: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Jakob Park in Basle: "England thought they had this wrapped for a few seconds with that superbly taken goal by Adam Johnson. Not so fast though because Xherdan Shaqiri has just thundered a reply past Joe Hart. This game is still very much on."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Switzerland goal: Blimey, pick that one out! Swiss substitute Xherdan Shaqiri cuts in from the right and slams a rocket of a shot past Joe Hart and into the roof of the net. That was unstoppable... and 10-man Switzerland are back in the game.

2115: It just gets worse for Scotland. Lee Wallace's competitive debut ends as he is taken off on a stretcher after being hacked down by Liechtenstein's Martin Stocklasa on the right-hand corner of the box. Free-kick to Scotland and a very obvious yellow card. Darren Fletcher's free-kick is off-target, and the locals are not impressed.

2115: That third Republic of Ireland goal was a lovely finish from Robbie Keane, but television replays suggest the striker had just strayed offside when he received the ball. Still, the goal stands and the home side are looking comfortable.

2114: GOALFLASH Switzerland 1-2 England (Shaqiri)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
England goal: With Jermain Defore on the floor and apparently in need of attention, England play on and Steven Gerrard releases Adam Johnson with a delightful pass. Johnson takes the ball around the keeper and slots home - and England should be home and dry now.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "More full-times. In Scotland's group it finished Czech Republic 0-1 Lithuania. There was big drama in Copenhagen, where Morten Skoubo's 90th-minute goal gave Denmark a 1-0 win over Iceland. And it was a rare win for Albania, although to be fair, it was against Luxembourg, and it was 1-0. One footnote for you - Bulgaria's coach Stanimir Stoilov has said he'll resign after tonight's home defeat against Montenegro."

2112: GOALFLASH Switzerland 0-2 England (Adam Johnson)

Red card
Switzerland red card: The home side were enjoying their best spell of the game, but they appear to have shot themselves in the foot. Stephan Lichsteiner, who was just booked for dissent, gets a second yellow and an early bath for scything down James Milner on the left-flank. A silly challenge.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liechtenstein goal: OK, now it is officially time to panic at Hampden Park. Leichtenstein captain Mario Frick is given acres of space in the box, controls David Hasler's cross from the left and bends a beautiful right-foot shot round marker Stephen McManus and into the left-hand corner past the despairing dive of Allan McGregor.

2108: RED CARD Switzerland's Stephan Lichsteiner

2107: This is better by Switzerland, with Alex Frei dribbling into the area and England struggling to get the ball clear. They do hack it away in the end, but that was their first really nervous moment of the game.

2106: Er, I was just about to tell you that they are back under way at Hampden... and then that happened! And yes, that is the actual score.

2105: GOALFLASH Scotland 0-1 Liechtenstein (Frick)

Yellow card
2104: James Milner brings down Stephan Lichsteiner as the Swiss break forward from the ensuing corner. That's a booking for the Manchester City man, and he will miss England's next game.

2103: The impressive Glen Johnson, who set up Wayne Rooney's goal, has almost just found the net himself. His low shot from the right was fumbled by Diego Benaglio, who got enough on the ball to turn it round the post.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Republic of Ireland goal: Normal service resumed. Some lovely interplay from the Irish ends with the ball being fed through to Robbie Keane, who gently lofts the ball over Jose Antonio Gomes in the Andorra goal and into the net. That should settle any lingering nerves.

Handbags
2100: Pow! Stephan Lichtsteiner takes his frustration out on the corner flag (and the linesman too, although he just gets a verbal assault) after seeing the ball run just out of play. Switzerland are seeing a bit more of the ball, though, and England still need to be careful here.

2058: GOALFLASH Republic of Ireland 3-1 Andorra (Keane)

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Want more full-times? Want drama? I've got both. It's finished Macedonia 2-2 Armenia after an extraordinary finale. Edgar Manucharyan seemingly won it for Armenia with a 90th-minute goal, only for Ilco Naumoski to equalise on 94 mins. That's in the Republic of Ireland's group. More drama in Istanbul - it ended Turkey 3-2 Belgium. But rather straightforward in Sweden where the home side beat San Marino 6-0."

2057: Gokhan Inler tries his luck from long range for Switzerland but his shot is a long way over. England still look pretty comfortable but they need to start taking their chances to give themselves some breathing space.

2052: Keir Murray's half-time snap-shot from Hampden Park: "Well, here's hoping the half-time pies are good... and easier to digest than Scotland being stuck in a stalemate with Liechtenstein. That opening 45 minutes was stodgy fare. The boos ring round Hampden."

2051: England have started the second half where they left off in the first. Wayne Rooney crosses for Adam Johnson, who volleys wide at the far post.

2050: We are back under way in Basle. Unsurprisingly, the Swiss have made a change at the break with Xherdan Shaqiri on for Xavier Margairaz.

2049: HALF-TIME Scotland 0-0 Liechtenstein

From youve been vermaelenated thats just fabrelous on 606: "If Scotland can't beat Liechtenstein at home they may as well fold and give up international football. All these results so far are showing is Spain are gonna walk that group without having to be at their best."

2045: There are 100 places between the teams at Hampden Park but as we approach the end of the first half, no goals to separate them - and the home crowd are definitely starting to make their feelings known. A goal before half-time would be very, very welcome for Scotland or their fans could start to get on the players' backs.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Fans of Europe's big guns might like to know these half-times. It's Germany 3-0 Azerbaijan and Italy 3-0 Faroe Islands. Jobs (almost) done?"

G_R_Williams on Twitter: "With all this talk of a solid, flowing England display, will Terry, Ferdinand and Lampard walk back into the team?"

2042: I'm just seeing replays of Theo Walcott's injury. It looks quite nasty - he was clipped by Yves Oehri as they raced to meet Glen Johnson's cross and was sent flying. Just a reminder that he has been taken to hospital for an X-ray on his ankle.

2038: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty's half-time snap-shot from Basle: "England impressively and deservedly in the lead. Fabio Capello's only frustration will be Theo Walcott's injury and England's failure to extend their advantage."

2037: More frustration for Scotland - James McFadden picks up possession just outside his own box after a foul on captain Darren Fletcher and runs half the length of the field, but has his head down and runs out of ideas and space. By the time the ball is played out to the unmarked Kenny Miller on the right, the moment and the chance have gone.

Half time
2036: HALF-TIME Republic of Ireland 2-1 Andorra

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Andorra goal: You won't read this too often. Andorra are back in this with an absolute cracker. Cristian Martinez scores his first international goal in some style, hitting a brilliant volley from 20 yards into the top corner and giving Shay Given no chance at all. Game on?

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Interesting result from Group G - that's the same group as England and Wales. It finished Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro. Maybe the Bulgarians are the weakest team in the group? Couple of other full-time scores - Belarus 0-0 Romania and Malta 0-2 Latvia."

Half time
2034: HALF-TIME Switzerland 0-1 England

2033: England are still on top as we approach half-time. Adam Johnson cuts in from the right and plays in Wayne Rooney, who is forced wide by the keeper but gets in a cross that only just evades Jermain Defoe at the far post.

2032: GOALFLASH Republic of Ireland 2-1 Andorra (Martinez)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Republic of Ireland goal: Wow. The Republic may be playing Andorra, but make no mistake, that strike would have beaten pretty much any goalkeeper in the world. Kevin Doyle battles to win possession outside of the box and unleashes an absolute belter which curls and dips and nestles in the corner. A beauty.


2031: I tell you what, Jermain 'forgotten man' Defoe fancies a goal tonight. He's just tested Diego Benaglio again, after twisting and turning to make space in the box. Unlucky.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "A bunch of 1930 BST kick-offs tonight - the players in those games are all currently enjoying a half-time orange, so let's bring you up to date with some notable scores. It's Netherlands 2-1 Finland - Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with a Dutch double. In Northern Ireland's group it's Serbia 0-0 Slovenia. And it's Norway 1-0 Portugal."

2028: GOALFLASH Republic of Ireland 2-0 Andorra (Doyle)

2027: Ah, I (briefly) forgot about Jermain Defoe at 2020. Plus I only had 10 players in my England team. Sorry about that Jermain.

2026: A second marginal off-side decision of the night goes against Scotland's Kris Boyd. Frustrating stuff for the home fans.

2025: Finally, a chance for Switzerland, who have a free-kick on the right of the area after Gareth Barry concedes the foul. Alex Frei, who has had a poor game so far, whips it in and it reaches David Degen at the far post... but he slices his shot wide of the target.

2023: Adam Johnson, who opened his England account on Friday, is given time and space on the edge of the area and elects to have a pop. It's not a bad effort either, but the ball fizzes narrowly over the bar.

2021: Theo Walcott has been taken to hospital for an X-ray on an injured ankle. Fingers' crossed that one's not serious. Back with the action, Joe Hart is a tad complacent as he deals with a back-pass, but just about gets the ball away as Eren Derdiyok (I think) slides in.

2020: The introduction of Adam Johnson means there are now five Manchester City players on the pitch for England. Maybe they should be playing in sky blue? Er, maybe not. For the record, there are also two Liverpool players, and one each from Everton, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

2017: A first chance of the night at Hampden Park for Scotland. Wide on the right, Alan Hutton is kicked up in the air by Liechtenstein's Franz Burgmeier, who receives a yellow card for his troubles. James McFadden curls the resulting free-kick to the far post, where Lee McCulloch puts it just over the bar. An encouraging start from Scotland.

nickmbr on Twitter: "Glen Johnson's assist again showing his worth. Despite the overplayed criticism of him, he offers something no other right-back would."

2015: Switzerland are still struggling defensively. This time, James Milner gets forward well down the left and beats his man but his drilled cross is just too strong for Jermain Defoe.

2013: Jermain Defoe and Wayne Rooney link up well on the edge of the box, and Rooney is unlucky to see his chipped through-ball run just beyond the Tottenham striker. England continue to look the more dangerous side, and this has been a convincing start for Fabio Capello's men.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Portugal were held 4-4 at home by Cyprus in a remarkable opening to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. And it looks like they're in for a battle tonight too - Erik Huseklepp has put Norway 1-0 up on Carlos Queiroz's side."

2009: Another chance for England, and it's a decent one. Adam Johnson crosses from the right but Jermain Defoe skies his shot over the bar.

2007: Oops. In all that excitement, I forgot to tell you that Scotland have kicked off. They are dominating possession but no clear-cut chances at Hampden Park yet.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Some more half-times for you. It's Denmark 0-0 Iceland, Albania 1-0 Luxembourg and, Scotland's group, it's Czech Republic 0-1 Lithuania."

2006: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Jakob Park in Basle: "No celebration from Wayne Rooney after he puts England ahead, but swift vindication of Fabio Capello's decision to play him after all the headlines. The only cloud was the injury to Theo Walcott, who had made a bright start. He has just been taken down the tunnel on a stretcher with his right ankle heavily strapped."

2004: Right, it's going to be interesting to see Switzerland's next move after falling behind. They have to come out of their shells a bit now, don't they? They have to be careful though but England are still enjoying most of the possession and only poor control from Jermain Defoe denied him a shooting chance inside the area, after he was found by a lovely looping ball from Steven Gerrard.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Republic of Ireland goal: It had been coming. After 14 minutes of dominance, the Republic make the breakthrough in simple fashion. Liam Lawrence delivers the corner from the left and Kevin Kilbane rises highest to glance the ball into the corner.

2002: GOALFLASH Republic of Ireland 1-0 Andorra (Kilbane)

Injured England captain Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "I told u my boy would get a goal!!"

2000: The only bad news for England is that Theo Walcott got injured as he tried to meet Glen Johnson's cross. Adam Johnson has just come on instead.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
England goal: I think some of you saw this coming. Glen Johnson overlaps on the right after good work by Theo Walcott, and his low ball across goal runs past Walcott and Jermain Defoe but into the path of Wayne Rooney, who thumps the ball home from close range. The perfect start for England, and for the Manchester United striker too.

1956: GOALFLASH Switzerland 0-1 England (Rooney)

Ashrose83 on Twitter: "You just know Rooney is going to get the winner tonight, that's how football works. And why we love it."

1954: Wayne Rooney has just had his first meaningful touch, trying to release Jermain Defoe, but he gets too much on his pass and his team-mate cannot control it.

1953: If I had to describe the England game so far, I'd use "scrappy". They have whipped a couple of balls into the Swiss box from either flank but they have come to precisely nought. The home side are trying to play keep-ball but are being harried by England and are not being able to settle.

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "Some half-times for you. It's Macedonia 1-1 Armenia, that's in the Republic of Ireland's group. Sweden lead San Marino 3-0 and it's Turkey 0-1 Belgium. Elsewhere, an interesting latest score from Scotland's group - it's Czech Republic 0-1 Lithuania. Half an hour gone in that one."

1949: Theo Walcott gets his first touch of the ball, and immediately runs at the Swiss before being felled by David Degen on the half-way line. Both teams are still finding their way into this game.

1947: We have kicked off in Dublin too. Scotland don't get going until 2000 BST.

1946: Switzerland get us under way at St Jakob Park, where it has just stopped raining.

1944: I think the conditions in Basle mean tonight is going to be a test, even if you think England are much the stronger team. Factor in the visitors' inexperienced defence and you can see why they might find things difficult.

1940: Not long to go until kick-off. The players have just emerged from the tunnel at St Jakob Park while, in Dublin, Robbie Keane tries to deliver Uefa's fair play message but is undone by a faulty microphone. Oh dear.

1936: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Jakob Park in Basle: "Wayne Rooney received a rousing reception from England's travelling fans - who are being soaked in a torrential Basle downpour - as he warmed up at St Jakob Park. He responded with applause, somewhat ironic as Rooney felt the impatience of the Wembley crowd on occasions during the 4-0 win against Bulgaria at Wembley on Friday."

From Darrell Allen in Norwich via text: "Tonight is a much tougher test for England. I think it will be a score draw, With Wayne Rooney scoring to silence his critics."

Alexlawson8 on Twitter: "I feel sorry for Scotland, I doubt they will even score twice tonight against their lowly opposition with a bad strikeforce."

1932: It's a filthy night in Basle by the way. Should make things interesting, especially for the goalkeepers... and not in a good way.

1930: Republic of Ireland v Andorra team news
John Haughey reports: "Giovanni Trapattoni sticks with the side that started in Friday's win in Armenia so Yerevan goal-hero Keith Fahey has to be content with a place on the bench. Derby's Paul Green struggled for much of Friday's contest but is again preferred in central midfield to Manchester United's Darron Gibson - a none too pleased Gibson if some reports are to be believed. The Andorra team includes famous footballing names such as Vieira and Silva but not of the Patrick and David variety."

1928: Scotland v Liechtenstein team news
Keir Murray reports: "Scotland have made three changes from the team that drew with Lithuania on Friday evening. Lee Wallace is in for the injured Steven Whittaker at left-back, while Kris Boyd and James McFadden give the team a greater attacking threat. Barry Robson and Steven Naismith are the players to drop to the bench."

1927: Republic of Ireland v Andorra teams
Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, St. Ledger, Dunne, Kilbane, Lawrence, Whelan, Green, McGeady, Doyle, Keane. Subs: Westwood, Fahey, Kelly, Gibson, Cunningham, Keogh, Long.
Andorra: Josep Anton Gomez, Bernaus, Christian Martinez, Lima, Pujol, Escura, Sebastia Gomez, Ayala, Vieira, Moreno, Silva. Subs: Pol, Rubio, Sonejee, Jimenez, Andorra, Mejias, Lorenzo.
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)

1925: Hmmm, AndySzpuk (below) has a point you know. If I was going to use a word to describe Switzerland's tactics during the World Cup, it wouldn't be "ambitious" or "attacking". We could be in for a cagey evening in Basle.

AndySzpuk on Twitter: "Re 1903. Mind games from Hitzfeld. The Swiss are very defensive - there won't be much available on the counter-attack..."

1922: England v Switzerland teams
Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Grichting, Von Bergen, Ziegler, Margairaz, Inler, Schwegler, Degen, Derdiyok, Frei. Subs: Wolfli, Affolter, Streller, Padalino, Fernandes, Costanzo, Shaqiri.
England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Ashley Cole, Walcott, Gerrard, Barry, Milner, Defoe, Rooney. Subs: Foster, Gibbs, Cahill, Carrick, Adam Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Bent.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

1920: Republic of Ireland v Andorra
John Haughey reports: "Andorra have lost their last 25 qualifiers and the world's 201st ranked team's only competitive victory since the country's entry into international football in 1998 was a 1-0 win over Macedonia six years ago. But the minnows did restrict Russia to a 2-0 win in Andorra on Friday so the Republic may not find it easy to break down Kaldo Alvarez's side. On their only previous visit to Dublin for a World Cup qualifier 2001, Andorra were beaten 3-1 by Mick McCarthy's Irish team. Giovanni Trapattoni won't expect his side to concede but the Irish don't tend to do goal avalanches either so a two-goal margin would be a satisfactory night for the Irish."

1919: Scotland v Liechtenstein teams
Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Weir, McManus, Wallace, Brown, Darren Fletcher, McCulloch, McFadden, Miller, Boyd. Subs: Gilks, Adam, Berra, Morrison, Robson, Hartley, Naismith.
Liechtenstein: Jehle, Oehri, Martin Stocklasa, Michael Stocklasa, Rechsteiner, Polverino, Wieser, Erne, Frick, Burgmeier, David Hasler. Subs: Bicer, Eberle, Ronny Buchel, Hanselmann, Nicolas Hasler, D'Elia, Vogt.
Referee: Victor Shvetsov (Ukraine)

1915: Scotland boss Craig Levein plays down expectations of a big win for his side against Liechtenstein: "If you look at the amount of caps their players have got, you will see that they have played together fairly regularly and there is a lot of experience in the side. They are a decent side. My job is to try to explain to people, and explain to the players, that this isn't just a case of just turning up and thinking we are a team who are far superior to Liechtenstein, because we're not."

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "In Group B (the same group as England and Wales) it's Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro. Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made it Sweden 1-0 San Marino after eight minutes. There's probably a few more to come in that one..."

1912: The Republic of Ireland beat Armenia on Friday and, let's face it, they will probably be expecting the same result against Andorra tonight. Did you know their Group B clash will be the first competitive international at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin? You do now...

1906: Scotland v Liechtenstein
Keir Murray reports: "Just remember, there are no easy games in international football." The words of Scotland boss Craig Levein? Er, no - rather, the thoughts of some happy Liechtenstein fans outside Hampden Park 20 minutes ago. "We will be satisfied with a draw," added one guy. Hang on, it's not Scotland who are the minnows...! Is it? The scene is set for the Scots to blast their way to Euro 2012 qualification glory. Kenny Miller, Kris Boyd, James McFadden - there are goals in that starting 11 for Scotland.

From sdfiske on 606: "England's midfield looked much more balanced on Friday, I think this is due to the fact Lampard was absent. This is arguably our toughest fixture, hopefully can continue our good form. I'll predict 2-0, Gerrard and Defoe with Rooney picking up where he left off with both assists."

1903: Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld on England's performance in their 4-0 win over Bulgaria: "England have always been strong offensively but they seem to have learned from the World Cup when they were the victims of those counter-attacks from Germany. On Friday it looked as though they were able to switch from defence to attack very quickly."

Euro 2012 qualifying Danny: "One match already done and dusted this evening - and it's a bit of a shock. Slovakia won 1-0 in Russia thanks to Miroslav Stoch's first-half goal. Great result for the Slovaks and Group B - which includes the Republic of Ireland - is looking pretty open right now."

RoshanShetty on Twitter: "I don't understand how Barry keeps playing ahead of Carrick, who is surely a better player and a better passer of the ball than Barry?"

1858: I need to hear from you lot too of course - this is a team game you know? So, tweet me on Twitter, text me via 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or join the crew on 606. Tonight just won't be the same without you.

1854: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Jakob Park in Basle: "England coach Fabio Capello's selection of Joleon Lescott to partner Phil Jagielka is a surprise but one based on logic. The pair formed a formidable central defensive partnership at Everton - the worry is that Lescott has never looked comfortable at international level. "

1850: A bit of team news for you. England have made only one change from that win over Bulgaria, with Joleon Lescott coming in at centre-back for the injured Michael Dawson. The full line-up is: Hart, G Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, A Cole, Walcott, Gerrard, Barry, Milner, Rooney, Defoe. Substitutes: Foster, Gibbs, Cahill, Carrick, A Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Bent.

1848: As you have probably heard (or read), the build-up to tonight's game in Basle has been dominated by allegations about Wayne Rooney's private life but England coach Fabio Capello feels the Manchester United striker is in the right state of mind to face the Swiss. Capello says: "I spoke with him, he said he was focused and that he wanted to play against Switzerland. I am sure he will play a really good game, the same level as he was against Bulgaria."

1845: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at St Jakob Park in Basle: "England face Switzerland in Basle tonight hoping to build on the convincing 4-0 victory against Bulgaria that opened their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. Switzerland will present a tougher test on home soil guided by their experienced coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, but Capello will hope Wayne Rooney justifies his decision to play him despite speculation about his private life. If England win tonight, Capello will feel the recovery from the South Africa World Cup has begun - lose and all the doubts will return."

1842: Wales (who are busy thinking about who their next manager might be) and Northern Ireland (who are probably still celebrating their win over Slovenia) have the night off, but Scotland are also back in action this evening against minnows Liechtenstein. I'd like to think there will be some goals in that one. There's also a whole host of other matches going on, as the journey to Euro 2012 continues apace. Put it this way, the next few hours are unlikely to be dull.

1838: This qualifying business is a breeze isn't it? Er, maybe. England might have brushed aside Bulgaria on Friday, but they might find things a little trickier against Switzerland in Basle tonight. Will it be a walk in St Jakob Park for Fabio Capello's men? We will find out soon enough...



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Euro 2012 qualifying results

7 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

  • Albania1-0Luxembourg
    FT
  • Austria2-0Kazakhstan
    FT
  • Belarus0-0Romania
    FT
  • Bosnia-H0-2France
    FT
  • Bulgaria0-1Montenegro
    FT
  • Croatia0-0Greece
    FT
  • Czech Republic0-1Lithuania
    FT
  • Denmark1-0Iceland
    FT
  • FYR Macedonia2-2Armenia
    FT
  • Georgia0-0Israel
    FT
  • Germany6-1Azerbaijan
    FT
  • Hungary2-1Moldova
    FT
  • Italy5-0Faroe Islands
    FT
  • Malta0-2Latvia
    FT
  • Netherlands2-1Finland
    FT
  • Norway1-0Portugal
    FT
  • Rep of Ireland3-1Andorra
    FT
  • Russia0-1Slovakia
    FT
  • Scotland2-1Liechtenstein
    FT
  • Serbia1-1Slovenia
    FT
  • Sweden6-0San Marino
    FT
  • Switzerland1-3England
    FT
  • Turkey3-2Belgium
    FT

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