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Euro 2012 qualifiers as they happened


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Sam Lyon
By Sam Lyon
BBC Sport

2300: Quite a night of football wasn't it? I told you to ignore those party invites. So as Wales' resurgence continues, hope remains for Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland's dream finally dies... all eyes inevitably focus on a strange night for England - ensuring their qualification for Euro 2012 against the backdrop of a draw snatched from the jaws of victory and a Wayne Rooney red card. Sometimes the headline-writers have it easy, don't they? Plenty to ensure you're back with us next Tuesday, then - I've been Sam Lyon, you've been wonderful, and this is good night.

andyyax on Twitter: "Rooney always being sent off, #Badboy. What!? Only his second red card since 2006 World Cup? Dont bring facts into this!"

Dewi, an elated Welshman in LA via text: "Doesn't the fact that Capello has the best record of any England manager ever suggest to you England fans that your expectations MIGHT be a tad high?"

ace_luke on Twitter: "It's so frustrating when people try to absolve Rooney from blame. He shouldn't "be hanged", just held accountable."

Ollie in Marlborough via text: "Typically poor England performance. I'm a spurs fan and even I'm looking forward to the instalment of Harry Redknapp as manager."

JonFoxPitt on Twitter: "England fans very upset that we've qualified for a tournament undefeated and scored on average more than two goals a game. Never happy."

2250: Now then, anyone want to hazard a guess at what tomorrow's back pages will look like? In England: Rooney's red... In Wales: Wales' renaissance... In the Republic of Ireland: Armenia showdown... In Northern Ireland: Worthington under pressure... and Scotland: Hope?

Asif_United19 on Twitter: "Yes, what he did was wrong. But because it is Rooney, because he is our best player and hope, everyone wants him hanged."

Gavin, Perth via text: "Scotland could actually do this. Do we dare to dream...?"

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Wazza [Wayne Rooney] will bounce back as per usual don't worry. We are through so let's concentrate on that which is of more importance than any individual."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty in Podgorica reports:
"England have qualified for Euro 2012 but at quite a cost as Wayne Rooney's ridiculous kick puts him out of the start of the tournament. Montenegro's celebrations are wild. Some finish.

Alvin McCaig reports:
"A comfortable win for the Republic, who now face a showdown with Armena for the play-off spot."

Richard Petrie reports:
"Just when under-fire manager Nigel Worthington looked like he might get a much-needed boost, a controversial refereeing decision robs his side of a point."

Bruce Pope reports:
"A very happy and deserving Wales side record their second win in three games over a top 20-ranked side and now have a chance of claiming third in Group G when they go to Bulgaria on Tuesday. Gareth Bale deserving of his man-of-the-match award."

2235: Right then... *catches breath*... let's hear from our reporters...

CP_Swan on Twitter: "A great night for Welsh football. Switzerland are ranked 18 in the world, we should have another surge up the rankings!"

Anon via text: "Why do you publish messages from people who can't be bothered to sign off with their name?"

markwilliams4 on Twitter: "To Anon (2211): What is wrong with this picture is that England doesn't have a population of 625 million."

2230: So Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign comes down to Tuesday and their match at home against Armenia. A draw for Giovanni Trappatoni's would be enough to see them into the play-offs, a defeat and they are out.

Full time
2227: FULL-TIME Andorra 0-2 Rep of Ireland

2226: England boss Fabio Capello on Wayne Rooney's sending off: "I was surprised because it was just in front of me that he kicked the opponent. I think the red card for Rooney was right. The next game he will be suspended so we will try to find new solutions. Rooney is an important player but sometimes important players don't play well and make mistakes. It will be good lesson for him and the team. The player is frustrated from [what happened] on the pitch not from what happened away from it."

2225: Into stoppage time in Andorra.

fergal365 on Twitter: "Ireland lack invention, despite tonight's performance being solid. Be happy to draw with Armenia on Tuesday, but fear a play-off."

Martin via text: "Sheesh...when are we going to wake up and realise we are simply not very good! As soon as Montenegro realised that, they started playing and showed us just how 'good' we are!"

MikeDavey on Twitter: "Rooney missing one or two games at the Euros may give England a timely boost past the group stages - look at Russia & Arshavin in 2008."

2221: Something! Happened! Republic of Ireland, protecting the players they have out on the pitch who are a yellow card away from missing the game on Tuesday against Armenia through suspension, create a chance as Keith Andrews's cross is headed narrowly wide at the back post by Shane Long. Ho hum.

2220: Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington on Estonia's controversial winning goal and his future as manager. "I saw the linesman's flag go up and I, like the players, though the offside decision had been given. It's harsh, it's disappointing, but some things are outside your control. As for the future, we'll wait and see what happens."

2219: Into the final 10 minutes in the Andorra-Republic of Ireland match, with that game now showing all the spark of a firework under three foot of water.

2217: As for Northern Ireland, a record of just two wins in 23 matches will surely lead to even more speculation about Nigel Worthington's position as manager, no? By the end of tonight's match they were making Estonia look like world beaters.

2215: It's far from doom and gloom for Wales at the moment by the way, who started the day in bottom spot but can now finish third in the group if they beat Bulgaria on Tuesday and Switzerland lose to Montenegro. Kudos Gary Speed.

2213: England forward Ashley Young: "I've really enjoyed getting goals and assists and I'm delighted to get to the Euros. We knew it was going to be tough today."

2212: England striker Darren Bent: "It's a massive achievement for the country. It's been difficult at times and it was a tough game but we got the job done and we look forward to the Euros."

2211: England skipper John Terry: "We let them back in the game and unfortunately they got the goal at the end but we are through. [On the Wayne Rooney red card] It's one of them things and fortunately it didn't cost us. We are happy because we are through."

Kash__Tweets on Twitter: "It was a football match, and he got a red card. Big deal. Get over it, people."

Anon via text: "Montenegro 625,000 population, we outnumber them 1000 to 1. What is wrong with this picture?"

Sahil2688 on Twitter: "Yet again the Rooney of old shows everyone how much of a digrace he can be to the country! Shocking...The Rooney of old!"

2206: England have a friendly coming up against Spain at home on 12 November, by the way - a chance for Fabio Capello to explore Wayne Rooney-less options, no doubt.

2204: Somehow, it's still only Andorra 0-2 Republic of Ireland, but you can't help think Giovanni Trappatoni's boys have taken their foot off the pedal since news of Russia's win rolled through.

2201: Just to confirm for you that Wayne Rooney will definitely now miss the first game of the Euro 2012 finals, with a second at the discretion of Uefa. *Rolls eyes*.

2159: Something to get off your chest? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). I can't imagine what the hot topic will be...

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING R-UP: Portugal are currently beating Iceland 3-0 and if it stays that way they're back to the top of Group H on 16 points along with Denmark, who beat Cyprus 4-1. Greece have bested Croatia 2-0 to to go top of Group F and France secure their position at the top of Group D with their 3-0 win over Albania.

2156: Republic of Ireland still knocking on the door in Andorra - where Robbie Keane has just drilled over the bar on the turn from Aiden McGeady's cross.

IwanLehnert on Twitter: "The England Team Circus never ceases to amaze and repel at the same time. What a mess"

Champagne moment
Erm, most gratuitous use of a champagne graphic ever? Does it feel like a celebratory moment England supporters?

Full time
2152: FULL-TIME Montenegro 2-2 England

2151: England are still through as it stands, just so you know, but this can't be how Fabio Capello saw it happening in that dominant first half. Montenegro are guaranteed a play-off place now too. The scenes in Podgorica are cracking - the home fans are acting like they've won the World Cup. Superb scenes.

Montenegro goal: Unbelievable. Absolutely no more than the hosts deserve, Andrija Delibasic heading home at the far post to level it up on the night from Miodrag Dzudovic's excellent cross a minute into stoppage time. Who'd have thought it?

2149: GOALFLASH Montenegro 2-2 England (Delibasic)

2147: Close to 3-0 to the Republic of Ireland as Keith Andrews hooks a yard over the Andorran bar from 12 yards out.

2146: Is it a penalty? No. Wolfgang Stark spares England's blushes as he rules Steven Jovetic dived over John Terry's challenge - and replays suggest the official was absolutely right. Still, with Wayne Rooney sent for an early bath, England are looking about as comfortable as stinging nettle pants here.

2145: Save! Take a bow Joe Hart, the Manchester City keeper down brilliantly to tip Milorad Pekovic's low shot from the angle around the post. So close.

2143: Chance for Montenegro! The ball drops to Dejan Demjanovic eight yards out and the Montenegrin's hooked shot flies narrowly over. It turns out the linesman's flag was raised - but England are hanging on a touch here.

2142: Into the last seven minutes of normal time in Podgorica.

2141: We are back up and running in the Andorra-Republic of Ireland match.

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING R-UP: Greece look to be breaking away in Group F - currently beating Croatia 2-0 to send them to the top on 21 points, ahead of Croatia's 19. Meanwhile France close in on retaining the top spot in Group D with their 3-0 win over Albania.

Full time
2140: World and European champions Spain make it seven out of seven wins in Group I with a comfortable win over Czech Republic that gives Scotland renewed hope of clinching a play-off place. A win away to Liechtenstein on Saturday evening would put Craig Levein's side one point ahead of the Czechs. The Scots must then hope that Lithuania beat the Czechs on Tuesday - or that they take something from their own game in Spain. Simple.

2139: Predictably, the final whistle in Northern Ireland brought angry cries of "We want Nigel out" from the home fans.

Full time
2138: FULL-TIME Wales 2-0 Switzerland

2138: FULL-TIME Northern Ireland 1-2 Estonia

smellthewinterg on Twitter: "Rooney - An idiot abroad"

2136: It's worth bearing in mind now that if England see out this match and qualify for Euro 2012, Wayne Rooney will miss at least the opening game of next year's finals for Fabio Capello's men. Didn't we think Rooney had shed that petulance these days?

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING R-UP: Results coming in - the Netherlands have won their group with their 1-0 victory over Moldova. Denmark secure a lead in the tightly congested Group H, their 4-1 win over Cyprus leaving Portugal and Norway level pegging on 13.

2136: Wales, on the other hand, are seeing out their win over Switzerland really rather comfortably.

2135: It's all Estonia in the closing stages at Windsor Park, with Konstantin Vassiljev firing in a viciously low shot which Lee Camp, who only saw it late, does well to deal with.

Chief football writer Phil Mcnulty in Podgorica: "Wayne Rooney's ridiculous flash of petulance has put the pressure on England. He was harrassed and frustrated - but absolutely no excuse for what happened."

2133: Danny Welbeck comes on for Theo Walcott.

Red card
England red card: Crazy. Stupid. Baffling. Wayne Rooney, frustrated probably not only by losing the ball to Miodrag Dzudovic but also England's second half display, lashes out violently and utterly foolishly at the Montenegrin player with his right boot, sending Dzudovic to the ground, and referee Wolfgang Stark immediately brandishes a red card. Not what England needed.

2131: RED CARD, Wayne Rooney, ENGLAND

Estonia goal: Oh it's a fabulous strike - but Northern Ireland are livid. With the linesman flagging - incorrectly - for offside against Estonia the home side stop playing, but referee Manuel Grafe waves play on and Konstantin Vassiljev crashes a superb strike into the top corner from all of 30 yards. Goodnight N Ireland?

2127: GOALFLASH N Ireland 1-2 Estonia (Vassiljev)

notmyipod on Twitter: "Future of Welsh football looks very good. Haven't seen us with this much belief in a long time"

HTGeorge10 on Twitter: "England need Gerrard in midfield. Lampard doesn't make any forward runs for Parker to feed."

Half time
2127: HALF-TIME Andorra 0-2 Rep of Ireland
Alvin McCaig's HT snap-shot:
"So easy for the Republic - the only downside being that defender Stephen Ward is booked for diving and is suspended for the final qualifier against Armenia."

2126: Ooh, Northern Ireland's first major chance in half an hour, with the ball dropping to Craig Cathcart four yards out; the number three, who conceded Estonia's penalty, is unable to make amends as he spoons it into the keeper's arms.

2125: Better from England as Wayne Rooney goes close to scoring from Phil Jones's cross but Milan Jovanovic gets a vital header to deflect it for a corner. From that, Gary Cahill then nods wide from 12 yards.

2124: It's half-time in the Andorra-Republic match.

2123: EURO 2012 QUALIFYING R-UP: As the play stands there's no change at the top of Group F, it's 0-0 between Croatia and Greece, with the Greeks one point behind the leaders on 18 points. Germany retain their position at the helm in Group A at 3-1 against Turkey, but Belgium currently leapfrog the Turks into second place thanks to their 3-0 lead over Kazakhstan.

2122: Another England change - Frank Lampard on for Darren Bent.

Steven from Edinburgh via text: "All this talk of Scotland having to beat Spain to reach the play-offs? Has anyone taken a moment to consider that if the Czech's lose both their games, we only have to beat Liechtenstein on Saturday?"

Estonia goal: It's no less than the visitors deserve to be fair, but is that Northern Ireland's qualifying hopes down the swanny? Super-sub Konstantin Vassiljev is felled by Craig Cathcart with a tug on the shift just inside the area, and he picks himself to slam Estonia level from the spot.

2120: GOALFLASH Northern Ireland 1-1 Estonia (Vassiljev)


2118: England change - Stewart Downing on for Ashley Young, who goes off holding his knee. Worry for Man Utd?

2118: Estonia waste a fabulous chance to draw level, as an audacious back-heeled flick from a corner by Sergei Zenjov is poked wide from four yards by captain Raio Piiroja. Northern Ireland are creating nothing and dropping deeper.

Red card
2117: Good to better for Scotland as the Czech Republic are reduced to 10 men after Tomas Hubschman is sent off for a horror tackle on Spain's Xabi Alonso. It means the Czech midfielder will be out of Tuesday's crucial final qualifier in Lithuania. Alonso goes off injured and could be a doubtful starter against Scotland. Czech Republic 0-2 Spain.

Wales goal: Quality. Steve Morison's reverse pass near the halfway line is perfect and it sets Gareth Bale clear on goal, the Tottenham man powering a firm left-foot shot home to double the hosts' lead. Swiss heads very firmly down now.

2116: GOALFLASH Wales 2-0 Switzerland (Bale)

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING R-UP: As comfortable as the Republic of Ireland are in Andorra, they can do nothing about the match in Slovakia - where a 1-0 win for Russia has put them firmly on the brink of winning Group B. Looks like a play-off place for the Republic at best now.

2113: Wales hunting a second in Swansea, Craig Bellamy's effort from range held by Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio well.

2112: Tails are up in Montenegro and Fatos Begiraj causes Ashley Cole problems down the right only to spoon his effort way off target from the edge of the box. England rattled.

2109: And now Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic goes down in the England box under a clumsy challenge from Phil Jones, who is one relieved cookie when he sees referee Wolfgang Stark waving play on. Hhmm.

2108: Hhmm... Montenegro have not yet given up the ghost here, not one bit, and when England lose position Fatos Begiraj cuts inside the defence 20 yards out and forces Joe Hart into a smart low save with a left-foot effort.

2107: It's all gone quiet again at Windsor Park, with Northern Ireland repeatedly pushed back as Estonia exert some pressure. The whistle-happy ref cautions Kyle Lafferty for supposedly jumping into a defender and that's him out of the big game next week in Italy.

2106: The Republic of Ireland are playing very much like a team who know this game is at their mercy. Very comfortable.

2105: Montenegro-England back under way in Podgorica.

Wales goal: It's definitely advantage Wales now - and it's no more than they deserve. Chris Gunter clearly has his ankles tapped by Timm Klose in the box and this time the penalty is given - dispatched by Aaron Ramsey for his fifth goal in nine internationals, although keeper Diego Benaglio got a good hand to it.

2104: GOALFLASH Wales 1-0 Switzerland (Ramsey pen)


2103: Half-time change for Montenegro, Milan Jovanovic on for Mladen Kascelan.

Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "If you look at the whole 45 minutes England did ok. Carelessness has cost them the goal, but they need to continue as they did for the majority of the first half."

Red card
Swiss red card: Straight red card for Reto Ziegler for a dangerous tackle out on the right win on Chris Gunter. It was definitely a foul, with Ziegler's studs up on the Welsh full-back, but a sending off? I'm not sure. Advantage Wales nonetheless.

2058: RED CARD, Reto Ziegler, SWITZERLAND

2057: Moments after Switzerland have a goal ruled out for offside - and it was - when Eren Derdiyok heads home, Wales are unbelievably denied a penalty at the other end when Gareth Bale is clearly felled in the box, only for referee Bjorn Kuipers to wave play on. The hosts apoplectic.

2055: Estonia have two excellent chances at the start of the second half at Windsor Park. First number nine Tarmo Kink fires a left-footed effort straight at Lee Camp from 10 yards out, and then substitute Sergei Zenjov cuts inside for a one-on-one chance, only to scuff it badly wide. Northern Ireland look shabby at the back and Estonia should be at least level.

Kingy19times on Twitter: "Why are such poor teams allowed to compete at this level? Andorra, San Marino and co should play a qualifier for the qualifiers."

RobbieMathia on Twitter: "I knew England wouldn't let us down - a comfortable win to nil would just be plain boring!"

Rep of Ireland goal: Seriously, who ever falls for that? The Republic have a free-kick 20 yards out and Keith Andrews feigns to shoot, jumps over it, and it is instead fed to Aiden McGeady in acres of space in the box to rifle home from the angle.

2053: GOALFLASH Andorra 0-2 Rep of Ireland (McGeady)

EURO 2012 QUALIFYING R-UP: Currently 2-0 up against Albania, France look to be retaining their place at the top of Group D, despite Bosnia Herzegovina's 5-0 drubbing of Luxembourg. Denmark are making daylight at the top of the congested Group H, beating Cyprus 4-1, but Northern Ireland are hoping leaders Italy can reassert their lead against Serbia. Croatia hanging on to their one point lead in Group F - it remains 0-0 against their nearest rivals Greece.

2051: We are back up and running in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Half time
2049: HALF-TIME Montenegro 1-2 England
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snap-shot from Podgorica:
"It was all perfect for England until the last kick of the half. England still well on course for qualification for Euro 2012 but Fabio Capello will be very frustrated with the half's final act."

Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "The goal was a lack of concentration and when you are in control of a game you don't want that to happen because it can all change. To score with the last kick of the half, all of a sudden, the atmosphere inside the stadium has changed."

2047: That was the last kick of the half in Podgorica - the half-time whistle blows.

2047: The Republic of Ireland are completely bossing Andorra still. The hosts look worse than part-time right now.

Montenegro goal: Easy street for England hits a T-section as Elsad Zverotic - minutes after being switched into midfield from full back - slaps home from the edge of the box via a deflection from Fatos Begiraj's cross. The hosts have looked utterly toothless until now... England have something to think about.

2045: GOALFLASH Montenegro 1-2 England (Zverotic)

2045: Hold on...

Anon via text: "Haven't seen England pass it around with such confidence in years. In form players playing for in form clubs showing how good they are. I just hope next year we don't get nervous for the big tournament like they have done the last two World Cups."

Rep of Ireland goal: This already looks like it could be a cricket score tonight for the Republic. Robbie Keane's shot is again parried, John O'Shea heads goalwards and Kevin Doyle is on hand to hook home from close range. Andorra awful.

2041: GOALFLASH Andorra 0-1 Republic of Ireland (Doyle)

Half time
2040: HALF-TIME Wales 0-0 Switzerland
Bruce Pope's HT snap-shot:
"An enjoyable first half at the Liberty Stadium, with Switzerland edging possession but Wales edging the chances. All to play for."

Chief football writer Phil Mcnulty in Podgorica: "Fabio Capello has got exactly what he wanted from England's attacking players here in the first half. Wayne Rooney has knitted everything together, Ashley Young has scored one and created another and Theo Walcott was the perfect provider for the first. Script being followed."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2038: What a chance that is early doors for the Republic of Ireland, Robbie Keane dashing clear of the Andorran defence and even though his initial shot is parried, he collects, turns goalwards to shoot... but hits the bar from the angle. Waste.

Half time
2037: Spain are doing Scotland a favour with a dominant performance against the Czech Republic. The Group I winners are cruising thanks to goals from Juan Mata and Xabi Alonso, while the Czechs have rarely threatened, although Milan Baros missed a great chance to pull one back with an air shot in front of goal. Czech Republic 0-2 Spain.

Half time
2036: HALF-TIME Northern Ireland 1-0 Estonia
Richard Petrie's HT snap-shot:
"A first half of few chances and little goalmouth action, but the hosts are well in control."

2035: While we are now up and running in the Andorra-Republic of Ireland match...

2035: As it does in the Wales-Switzerland match.

2033: The half-time whistle blows at Windsor Park.

England goal: Knife through butter. Wayne Rooney picks up the loose ball and plays in Ashley Young down the left, who unselfishly squares for Darren Bent to tap into an empty net six yards out. Easy street.

2031: GOALFLASH Montenegro 0-2 England (Bent)

EURO 2012 QUALIFIERS R-UP: France look like being unable to qualify from Group D tonight now thanks to a ruthless performance by Bosnia Herzegovina, who are currently 5-0 up against Luxembourg. Denmark are 4-1 up against Cyprus taking them to the top of the tight group H. Germany remain dominant in Group A thanks to the continuing brilliance of Mario Gomez, they lead Turkey 1-0.

2029: In Podgorica, meanwhile, Montenegro have launched a rare attack, forcing a corner from Ashley Cole's defensive header... and despite good defensive work it ends with Fatos Begiraj heading Stevan Jovetic's cross wide. Warning sign?

2026: Adventurous, marauding, Phil Jones-esque run by Gareth McAuley at Windsor Park, ploughing through Estonia's midfield before releasing… well… a pretty tame shot at the end of it. Shame.

2025: Keep-ball the name of the game for England at the moment, with Montenegro very much your methaphorical rabbitt caught in the headlights. Comfort-zone time for Fabio Capello's boys so far.

2024: Best chance of the game in Swansea as Wales frontman Steve Morison turns his defender well in the box to release himself with just the keeper to beat, but Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio stands tall well to deflect the firm shot wide.

andymcnamara on Twitter: "For years we thought that Gerrard and Lampard in the centre was the answer, but it seems to be Young and Walcott on the wing."

Biglangers on Twitter: "Us Irish are never greedy when it comes to sporting achievements, but if you're up there Superman - two wins please!"

2021: According to tweets from greekfooty, ugly scenes have overshadowed Greece v Croatia Group F qualifier with around 100 fans said to be involved in altercations in the stands. Currently 0-0 after 30 mins. Englishman Howard Webb in charge there and with his work cut out.

EURO 2012 QUALIFIERS R-UP: Unlike Scotland, the news is less good elsewhere for Northern Ireland as Serbia equalise against Italy to make it 1-1 in a game Nigel Worthington's men need them to lose. Northern Ireland, on nine, are second from bottom five points ahead of Faroe Islands who languish at the bottom on four points.

Chief football writer Phil Mcnulty in Podgorica: "Great tempo from England early on amid a flash of lightning and rumbles of thunder here in Podgorica. Fabio Capello insisted caution was not an option and his players are following orders so far. And what a delivery from Theo Walcott for Ashley Young's header."

2018: ANDORRA v REP of IRELAND (2030)
Alvin McCaig reports:
"As announced on Friday, Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni makes two changes for the trip to Andorra with John O'Shea getting the nod ahead of Stephen Kelly at right-back and Sean St Ledger comes in for the suspended Richard Dunne in central defence."

2017: ANDORRA v REP of IRELAND (2030)
Josep Anton Gomez, Bernaus, Gutierrez, Emili Garcia, Lima, Christian Martinez, Pujol, Ayala, Vieira, Silva, Moreno. Subs: Perianes Meca, Sonejee, Sanchez, Sebastian Gomez, Lorenzo, Marc Garcia, Peppe.
Rep of Ireland: Given, St. Ledger, O'Shea, O'Dea, Ward, McGeady, Whelan, Andrews, Duff, Doyle, Keane. Subs: Forde, Kelly, Long, Fahey, Hunt, Cox, Lawrence.
Referee: Libor Kovarik (Czech Rep)

2015: Windsor Park has come alive, with the fans off their seats and Northern Ireland playing with some swagger. Pat McCourt, hugging the left touchline, beats the Estonian back line and his fizzing effort inside the area tests keeper Sergei Pareiko who does well to hold on.

Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "Montenegro had a little spell where they showed their quality on the ball, but really England have dominated since the kick-off. The lead is deserved."

2013: The news gets better for Scotland and Spain look to be easing to victory as David Silva cuts the ball back for Xabi Alonso to sweep it home from 16 yards. Czech Republic 0-2 Spain.

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Denmark's four goal lead after 22 minutes is the fastest in the Euro Qualifiers since Johan Cruyff scored in the 4-0 for Holland against Luxembourg after 14 minutes on 17 Nov 1971. That match ended 8-0."

2012: Back in Swansea, a good show of strength from Craig Bellamy as he battles to the edge of the box but the shot is wasted. One minute later and he's shot over the bar from a similar position - Bellamy looks busy here.

England goal: It's been coming... and England are on the brink of the 2012 Euros. Wayne Rooney feeds Theo Walcott on the right and the winger's fabulous cross lays it on a plate for Ashley Young to head a simple goal home from six yards out. Easy.

2010: GOALFLASH Montenegro 0-1 England (Young)

Billiar10 on Twitter: "Would love to see Torres get a couple of goals for Spain, so he comes back to Chelsea confident."

EURO 2012 QUALIFIERS R-UP: France can go through tonight if they can beat Albania, but it's tighter at the top of Group F with Croatia on 19 points ahead of Greece's 18. Portugal will be looking to beat Iceland, meanwhile, and break the Group H deadlock with Denmark and Norway.

Northern Ireland goal: Qualifying hopes... alive? Kyle Lafferty gets free down the right and his low cross is fumbled by the Estonia keeper to Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis, who marks his 50th international appearance with the opener.

2006: GOALFLASH N Ireland 1-0 Estonia (Davis)

Former Northern Ireland and Leicester City defender John O'Neill on BBC Radio Ulster: "Nigel Worthington sets up his teams not to concede. I think we could do a bit more on the ball and be a bit more adventurous. The problem Nigel's had is access to players throughout the campaign."

2005: Northern Ireland are getting back into things a touch now against Estonia, with Kyle Lafferty causing the odd problem for the visiting defence.

2004: ...and despite eventually clearing, Montenegro do not look at all comfortable.

2004: Decent, positive start this from England, who have a corner...

2003: First shot on target for Northern Ireland, on the run, from number 10 Grant McCann. The keeper comfortably palms it behind and, from McCann's corner, Gareth McAuley gets up to head it down and it's cleared.

2002: Blimey, almost a dream - and completely flukey - start to his debut for Phil Jones, the right back bursting down the right and then watching on as his wayward cross is fumbled narrowly over the bar by Montenegro keeper Mladen Bozovic. Close.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Watching the England games with the boys! Come on England."

Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "I do believe England will win this game and I hope I'm proved correct."

2000: In Podgorica, we are up and running, England kicking us off in Montenegro...

1959: Decent work from Wales now, but a great ball in from Bellamy from the left of the area is headed wide by Darcy Blake despite poor marking from the Swiss. Moments later Aaron Ramsey's long-ranger is held - and yet the Swiss are probably bossing this.

1958: Another decent effort on target for Estonia, who are putting pressure on Lee Camp's goal. A dipping effort from 25 yards by Middlesbrough forward Tarmo Kink is only just pushed round the post by Northern Ireland's gloveman.

1956: Good news early for Scotland as Spain go ahead against the Czech Republic after only six minutes, midfielder Juan Mata slotting the ball into the far corner from a super through ball from Xavi. Czech Republic 0-1 Spain.

Former England boss Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live: "Against better international sides I'm convinced you have to play with three midfield players. If everybody was fit I would go with Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker and Jack Wilshere. We've had situations in past when we have had two central midfield players and opposition sides can keep the ball from us."

1955: And it's a big night for Fabio Capello tonight - but did you know that the Italian enters this, his 40th fixture in charge, as only the sixth man in history to hit that number with England? And that, with 26 wins in his 39 matches, Capello has the highest win percentage of any previous England boss at 66.6? A nice boast, that, but lose in Montenegro tonight and it will mean about as much as the South Africa stamp on his passport date-marked 3 June 2010. Cringe.

Chief football writer Phil Mcnulty in Podgorica reports:
"So Manchester United teenager Phil Jones wins his first England cap at right-back, confirming the widely held suspicion that Fabio Capello is utterly unconvinced by Micah Richards. Gary Cahill keeps his place alongside John Terry in central defence and Darren Bent partners Wayne Rooney in attack. Montenegro have made four changes to the team which beat Wales, with Milan Jovanovic on the bench. Captain and top scorer in qualifying Mirko Vucinic starts up front."

1953: As we near kick-off in Podgorica, let's hear again from our man on the scene...

1952: Over in Wales, it's been a fairly even start to proceedings, Switzerland enjoying a fair amount of the ball but Welsh frontmen Craig Bellamy and Gareth Bale already looking dangerous.

1949: A chance inside the first three minutes for Estonia at Windsor Park as Dmitri Kruglov's cross from the left byeline causes havoc in Northern Ireland's area, and it takes the home defence three attempts to get it properly cleared.

1947: A touch later, it's under way in Swansea too, where we've had a late change for Switzerland, with Steve von Bergen replacing Philippe Senderos at centre-back.

1945: Nice and prompt start at Windsor Park...

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "Republic of Ireland have drawn their last three international matches 0-0. They have not scored in their last 270 minutes of football. The record stands at five 0-0 draws, set by five countries"

1944: As we approach kick off in Wales and Northern Ireland, a reminder of how to get in touch - tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Plenty of noise being made by England fans tonight, but Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales fans, nada?

thisfootballday on Twitter: "Eleven years to the day since Keegan walked out after defeat to Germany at Wembley, let's hope Fabio won't have to do the same!"

1943: WALES v SWITZERLAND (1945)
Bruce Pope reports:
"Wales hand Swansea midfielder Joe Allen his first start in the injury absence of Joe Ledley, Andy King and Jack Collison, while forward Craig Bellamy returns after suspension. Switzerland also have former West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami available again, but Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is banned. Twenty-two-year-old FC Basel midfielder Fabien Frei makes his international debut."

Richard Petrie reports:
"Celtic striker Pat McCourt and Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty return to lead the Northern Ireland attack after missing last month's qualifiers at home to Serbia and away to Estonia, with Niall McGinn and David Healy the players to make way. With Aaron Hughes and Jonny Evans out injured, Lee Hodson gets the nod at right-back and Chris Baird drops back to centre-back."

perryge on Twitter: "Why does the British media keep acting as though Scotland has a chance of qualifying for Euros? Not gonna happen."

James S via text: "At a beer festival in Manchester. Should I really be sacking it off for the game? There's an oompah band and everything."

Clive Lindsay reports:
"Scotland's hopes of finishing second - and claiming a play-off spot - from Group I could rest on the attitude of group winners Spain in Prague. The Czechs are two points ahead of the Scots as they host the world champions - but Spain no longer need the points and are without Barcelona midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta through injury. The Scots face Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Saturday evening before finishing their campaign in Spain on Tuesday, while the Czechs face Lithuania on the same night."

1937: Talking of Scotland...

Keildo7 on Twitter: "Please Spain do us a favour, lots of love - Scotland!"

1935: EURO 2012 QUALIFIERS R-UP: Macedonia have done the Republic of Ireland no favours tonight, suffering a heavy 4-1 defeat to Armenia. An erratic performance combined with midfielder Velice Sumolikoski's sending off helped the Armenians to a comfortable win, moving them level with Russia on 17 points in Group B, ahead of Giovanni Trapatonni's men, who are currently third on 15.

nathj1993 on Twitter: "Nothing like the agony of your home nation losing away ... Latvia 1-0 Malta."

1932: WALES v SWITZERLAND (1945)
Hennessey, Gunter, Blake, Ashley Williams, Taylor, Bale, Crofts, Ramsey, Allen, Bellamy, Morison. Subs: Myhill, Matthews, Nyatanga, Vaughan, Edwards, Robson-Kanu, Church.
Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Klose, Ziegler, Frei, Inler, Shaqiri, Xhaka, Behrami, Derdiyok. Subs: Wolfli, Degen, Rodriguez, Emeghara, Fernandes, Mehmedi.
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

Mladen Bozovic, Zverotic, Djudovic, Savic, Kascelan, Vukcevic, Pekovic, Vladimir Bozovic, Beciraj, Jovetic, Vucinic. Subs: Blazic, Jovanovic, Batak, Djalovic, Damjanovic, Cetkovic, Delibasic.
England: Hart, Jones, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Walcott, Barry, Parker, Young, Bent, Rooney. Subs: Carson, Jagielka, Baines, Lampard, Downing, Welbeck, Zamora.
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Northern Ireland:
Camp, Hodson, Cathcart, McAuley, Baird, McCourt, Clingan, Davis, McCann, Brunt, Lafferty. Subs: Taylor, McGivern, Evans, Healy, Feeney, McGinn, Little.
Estonia: Pareiko, Piiroja, Klavan, Jaager, Stepanov, Kruglov, Dmitrijev, Puri, Vunk, Kink, Ahjupera. Subs: Londak, Reintam, Zenjov, Purje, Vassiljev, Saag, Teniste.
Referee: Manuel Grafe (Germany)

Sal_Paradise91 on Twitter: "First date tonight with a lass who suggested going to watch the football - could be a good night."

ScouseMick via text: "Re Dave (below): Tell her you are bidding on a ring for her on an online auction. Make sure you tell her you lost though, or you might end up with an accidental engagement."

Alvin McCaig reports:
"Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni says he has no problem selecting Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, who will be suspended for the crucial final qualifier against Armenia if he picks up a booking in Andorra. 'I was a player, I was a midfielder and I was also always up against great stars, but I never made a foul. You have to put on the brake sometimes.'" Tightrope."

Chief football writer Phil Mcnulty in Podgorica reports:
"England coach Fabio Capello refuses to discuss Euro 2012 until qualification is assured, saying: 'I'm superstitious. After this game I will talk to you about it. I need to qualify.' One man willing to talk about Capello, mind, was his opposite number Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic, who said: 'I admire and respect everything that Fabio Capello did in his career and he must be a role model for every young coach.'"

SportsAntidote on Twitter: "A point (or three) tonight for England means eight months of "this time we can do it", then heartbreak. Standard."

Richard Petrie reports:
"Northern Ireland may only retain faint hopes of qualifying from Group C, but manager Nigel Worthington insists he and his team are still right up for the fight ahead of the visit of Estonia: "You have to look at every permutation and while there's a glimmer of hope, we'll go for it," he said. "There's no point being in football if you don't think you have a chance.'"

1915: SWITZERLAND v WALES (1945)
Bruce Pope reports:
"Switzerland hammered Wales 4-1 in their previous meeting but coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is expecting a tougher test, saying: 'Wales are very strong, our victory in Basle last year was not a true reflection… but we have to win as we don't want to rely on England beating Montenegro.' For Wales boss Gary Speed it's all about keeping confidence going: 'We had a good result against Montenegro and a good performance against England. It's good there is expectation.'"

davidtaylor414 on Twitter: "Really hope Parker doesn't pick up an injury, he's in great form for Spurs. Fear for all supporters!"

Dave in Cambs via text: "I've just got back together with my fiancee after a 2 month break. In the excitement I made a date to go for dinner tonight. How many times can I refresh this page before I get "the look"?"

C_Gillon on Twitter: "899 Internationals and 902 conceded. Not the greatest defensive record for an international team."

Giovani Trappatoni
Republic of Ireland: Any one of Russia, the Republic of Ireland, Armenia and Slovakia can win this group still. After today's trip to Andorra, the Republic face a tricky game at home to Armenia next week - a match about as tricky as Russia's trip to Slovakia this evening. Should the Russians win that, top spot is all but guaranteed with just a home tie with Andorra to come - leaving the Republic to concentrate on a play-off, at best.

Nigel Worthington
Northern Ireland: Nigel Worthington's men could yet qualify for next summer's Championship in Ukraine and Poland - but their chances are slimmer than a supermodel's ankles if we're honest. With Italy already group winners, Northern Ireland must win their last two matches - including away against the Italians next Tuesday - and hope Serbia lose both of theirs. And then, of course, it would be the small matter of a final qualifying play-off. Tall order.

Fabio Capello
England/Wales: Basically, England have it all to play for, Wales have just pride to play for. Avoid defeat in Montenegro and
Gary Speed
England win the group. Lose and they will be forced into a play-off if Montenegro go on to also beat Switzerland away in their last game. Wales need a positive result from one or both of their last two games to avoid bottom spot in the group.

1908: A reminder, then, of where England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales stand in their groups ahead of tonight's matches...

Chief football writer Phil Mcnulty in Podgorica: "The Telegraph's Henry Winter has just ejected from the Podgorica press room for being "only a journalist". Surely this counts as a diplomatic incident?"

1904: More on that stat from 1830, by the way. Of England's 899 international matches to date so far, 546 have been competitive and 353 friendlies. They have won 510, drawn 215 and lost 172. They have scored 1996 and conceded 902. And yes I say this stuff to girls. It's a wonder I'm not beating them off with a stick, it really is.

Pengumile on Twitter: "May I be so bold to say that the England starting line-up looks great? Mixture of experience and youth. 3-1 England"

alex_watson28 on Twitter: "Still can't get over how cautious Capello is away from. An he's hardly adventurous at home. What happens at the Euros"

1901: ANDORRA v REP of IRELAND (2030)
Alvin McCaig reports:
"The Republic have struggled against European minnows in the past but tonight's tie in Andorra should be three points in the bank before Tuesday's crunch clash against Armenia in Dublin. Group B's joint leaders Russia lie two points ahead of the Irish but they face a tough away game against Slovakia tonight - though with four teams in the hunt, the Republic must still win their remaining two qualifiers to guarantee even a play-off spot."

Chief football writer Phil Mcnulty in Podgorica reports:
"England know exactly what they have to do in Montenegro tonight - but don't expect Fabio Capello's side to play for a draw, something the Italian has warned would be "a big mistake". Central to the Three Lions' hopes, as ever, will be Wayne Rooney, who has assured Capello he is ready to play despite his father's arrest on Thursday in a probe into betting irregularities. England expects."

WilliamGarnett on Twitter: "No falling down juice for me - I'm making a morning newspaper and will be following the BBC commentary at work!"

gibbinsa on Twitter: "Out of position debutant ahead of inform Walker and Richards. Clueless Capello."

Richard Petrie reports:
"Northern Ireland go into their final Euro 2012 qualifier with the future of manager Nigel Worthington very much under scrutiny. Worthington was the subject of criticism from some fans, as well as former boss Lawrie Sanchez, after a 4-1 defeat by Estonia last month and a record of just two wins in their last 22 internationals tells its own story for Worthington's men. Suffice to say, the heat is on this evening."

1853: SWITZERLAND v WALES (1945)
Bruce Pope reports:
"Group G bottom side Wales face Switzerland having beaten them just once in six meetings, a 3-2 friendly win back in 1951. A tough task tonight, then, even for Gary Speed's improving side. Watch out for the team-lists, by the way - should Joe Allen be picked alongside Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor, it will be the first time Wales have started with three Swansea players since 1982."

1852: Now then, let's hear from our reporters...

RichardTout on Twitter: "A host of party invites? Try revising for chartered accountancy exams next week!"

Vernon Evans-Davies, Aberffraw, Anglesey, Wales, via text: "Who cares about qualifying? Spain are going to win by a mile anyway."

Breaking news
Tell a lie, that is now confirmed. England team v Montenegro: Hart; Jones, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Walcott, Parker, Barry, Young; Bent, Rooney.

1847: RUMOUR MILL I can tell you, by the way, that word is spreading that Darren Bent has got the nod up front for England in Montenegro alongside Wayne Rooney, with Phil Jones starting at right back. That is unconfirmed at the moment, though.

singhalmohit on Twitter: "One holding striker(i.e. Rooney) ...please pick a sensible team Mr. Capello...enough of experimenting...."

englandstats on Twitter: "That's 99 penalties given. Sadly their conversion rate is only just above 67%."

1845: And here is how we'd like you to get in touch tonight, folks; tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, tweet me @sampatricklyon or text in via 81111 (UK). Easy life.

1842: Here, then, is where our focus lies this evening...
Grp C: Northern Ireland v Estonia (1945)
Grp G: Wales v Switzerland (1945)
Grp G: Montenegro v England (2000)
Grp B: Andorra v Rep of Ireland (2030)

...while we'll also keep you across all the other Euro 2012 qualifying matches every now and then too, of course.

1839: So, yes, it's a Friday. Yes, you probably have a host of party invites to hand and a temptation to wave goodbye to the working week with a drop or two of the falling down water. But might I suggest you postpone anything remotely social for the night, because tonight's line-up is far too tantalising to miss. Sit back, surround yourself with goodies, and watch the drama unfold right here.

1836: Wales, so impressive in defeat against Fabio Capello's boys last time out, face something of a pride-saver against Switzerland. Northern Ireland, meanwhile, attempt to keep their paper thin hopes of Euro 2012 qualification alive against Estonia. And the Republic of Ireland continue their all-in scramble for top spot in Group B with a late trip to Andorra. Oh, and there are 16 other qualification matches as well. Something for everyone, no?

1834: Yep, just over 13 months since Jermain Defoe got England's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign off to a flyer, it potentially all comes down to tonight's game in Podgorica. Win or draw and England will reach a European Championship finals for the eighth time. Lose, however, and the ignominy of a play-off to reach Ukraine and Poland could beckon. And England are only part of the story ce soir...

1830: England fans - let me hit you with some knowledge. Tonight's trip to Montenegro will be England's 900th international fixture, their next penalty their 100th - and four goals scored will make it 2000 in internationals. But on a night of potential milestones (ahem... ish), there is really only one that counts. Avoid defeat and a place at the Euro 2012 Championship finals is assured. So... where's ya money?

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Euro 2012 qualifying results

7 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

  • Andorra0-2Rep of Ireland
  • Armenia4-1Macedonia
  • Azerbaijan1-4Austria
  • Belgium4-1Kazakhstan
  • Bosnia-H5-0Luxembourg
  • Cyprus1-4Denmark
  • Czech Republic0-2Spain
  • Finland1-2Sweden
  • France3-0Albania
  • Greece2-0Croatia
  • Latvia2-0Malta
  • Montenegro2-2England
  • Netherlands1-0Moldova
  • Northern Ireland1-2Estonia
  • Portugal5-3Iceland
  • Romania2-2Belarus
  • Serbia1-1Italy
  • Slovakia0-1Russia
  • Turkey1-3Germany
  • Wales2-0Switzerland

see also
Euro 2012 qualifying tables
07 Sep 11 |  Football
Football on the BBC
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