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  Thursday, 13 February, 2003, 21:57 GMT
European Championship review
A full review of the weekend's European Championship qualifiers


Group 1
Cyprus 1-2 France:

France were given a shock before edging through in Nicosia.

The home side took the lead through Yiannis Okkas after 15 minutes before goals either side of the break from Djibril Cisse and Sylvain Wiltord secured victory for the visitors.

Slovenia 3-0 Malta:

The home side went ahead on 37 minutes when Darren Debono put through his own net.

Ermin Siljak made it 2-0 in the second half before Slovenian skipper Sebastjan Cimerotic found the net in the last minute.


Group 2
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-3 Romania:

Romania scored three times in the first 28 minutes to ensure they began their qualifying campaign with a win.

In front of just 4,500 in Sarajevo, Cristian Chivu opened the scoring after eight minutes.

Dorinel Munteanu then doubled the visitors' lead two minutes later before Ionel Ganea added a third before the half-hour mark.

Norway 2-2 Denmark:

John Carew scored with only three seconds left in injury time to salvage a hard-fought point for Norway.

Jon Dahl Tomasson had twice put Denmark in front with a brace either side of John Arne Riise's 53rd-minute goal.


Group 3
Austria 2-0 Moldova:

Austrian captain Andreas Herzog scored two penalties to give his team a winning start.

Austria Vienna midfielder Thomas Floegel won both spotkicks after being fouled in the fourth and 30th minutes.

Holland 3-0 Belarus:

Patrick Kluivert, Edgar Davids and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink were all on target as Holland beat 10-man Belarus.

Davids opened the scoring with a long-range shot on 35 minutes before Kluivert headed home Boudewijn Zenden's cross two minutes later for his 35th international goal.

Substitute Hasselbaink took just three minutes to make an impact, rounding off a fine move involving Kluivert and Rafael van der Vaart to make it 3-0 on 72 minutes.


Group 4
Latvia 0-0 Sweden:

Sweden were missing five World Cup players as they failed to break the deadlock in Riga.

San Marino 0-2 Poland:

Late goals by Maciej Kaczorowski and Mariusz Kukielka gave the Poles victory in their second match under new coach Zbigniew Boniek.

Kaczorowski broke the deadlock on 76 minutes before Kukielka headed home a corner two minutes from time.


Group 5
Faroe Islands 2-2 Scotland:

Scotland were forced to come from two goals down against the plucky Faroe Islands, who stormed into an early lead through John Petersen.

The same player doubled the home side's lead with a left-foot volley before Berti Vogts' side hit back with goals from Paul Lambert and Barry Ferguson.

Lithuania 0-2 Germany:

The World Cup runners-up failed to sparkle but still came away with all three points.

Michael Ballack scored with a powerful left-foot shot on 27 minutes before Marius Stankevicius put through his own net just before the hour mark.


Group 6
Armenia 2-2 Ukraine:

Armenia claimed a point as 10-man Ukraine wasted a two-goal lead.

Artur Petrosyan halved the deficit before Albert Sarkisyan equalised two minutes after Anatoly Tymoshchyuk was sent off.

Greece 0-2 Spain:

Juan Carlos Valeron set up Raul for Spain's first goal after just eight minutes before adding the second himself with 14 minutes left.


Group 7
Turkey 3-0 Slovakia:

Arif Erdim scored twice and set up a third for Serhat Akin as Turkey, who finished third in this summer's World Cup, recorded a comfortable win.

Liechtenstein 1-1 Macedonia:

Michael Stocklasa scored a last-minute equaliser to earn Liechtenstein a point and demonstrate their improvement to Macedonia.

A couple of years ago Macedonia beat Liechtenstein 11-1, and when the visitors opened the scoring in the eight minute through Georgi Hristov, memories must have come flooding back.

However, the home side created a shock when they restored parity in the closing stages.


Group 8
Belgium 0-2 Bulgaria:

Goals from Zoran Jankovic and Stilian Petrov inflicted defeat on Belgium and new coach Aime Antheunis.

Jankovic scored after 16 minutes before Petrov added a second on 63 minutes.

The visitors also saw a shot from Georgi Peev come back off a post.

Croatia 0-0 Estonia:

The Croatians controlled the match for long periods but lacked power up front without injured Middlesbrough striker Alen Boksic and a host of first-team regulars.


Group 9
Azerbaijan 0-2 Italy:

The Italians needed an own goal from Tarlan Ahmadov after 33 minutes to settle their nerves in front of a crowd of 35,000.

Alessandro Del Piero then put the game beyond doubt with his 19th international goal midway through the second half.

Finland 0-2 Wales:

John Hartson and Simon Davies scored the goals which gave Wales the perfect start to qualification.

The visitors fully deserved their victory after producing an excellent performance, which was capped by Davies' breakaway goal.


Group 10
Russia 4-2 Rep of Ireland:

Mick McCarthy's side went in 2-0 down at half-time and never recovered as their campaign got off to a terrible start.

Ireland pulled to within a goal of the Russians on two occasions in the second half.

But Phil Babb's unfortunate own goal three minutes from time sealed Ireland's fate.

Switzerland 4-1 Georgia:

Switzerland recovered from Shota Arveladze's shock equaliser for Georgia after the home side had dominated and taken the lead through Alex Frei.

The Swiss were not held for long and goals from Hakan Yakan, Patrick Mueller and Stephane Chapuisat seled victory.

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13 Feb 03 | Europe
07 Sep 02 | England
07 Sep 02 | Scotland
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07 Sep 02 | Republic of Ireland
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