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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 September, 2003, 20:59 GMT 21:59 UK
Euro 2004 race hots up
Summary of Saturday's games


Group One

Thierry Henry and France were way too strong for Cyprus
France crushed Cyprus 5-0 to make it six wins out of six and all but secure their place in the finals of Euro 2004.

David Trezeguet and Sylvain Wiltord scored twice and Thierry Henry once in the 10th consecutive victory for the tournament holders.

Slovenia kept up the chase of France with a 3-1 win over Israel in Ljubljana.


Group Two

Romania moved into the group lead on goal difference with a 4-0 home win over Luxembourg in Ploiesti.

Norway lost a chance to go top themselves when they were beaten 1-0 in Bosnia later in the evening.

They are third, two points behind Romania and Denmark.


Group Three

The Netherlands and the Czech Republic remain tied at the top of the group after they both managed 3-1 wins.

Belarus' Aleksander Lukhvich takes on Pacel Nedved of the Czech Republic
Nedved got the Czech Republic's first goal in their victory in Belarus

The Czech Republic survived an early scare to come from behind and beat Belarus 3-1 in preparation for next week's showdown with their main rivals.

Vitali Bulyga put the Belarussians ahead after 14 minutes but Pavel Nedved, Milan Baros and Vladimir Smicer scored to earn the Czechs three points.

Goals from Rafael van der Vaart, Patrick Kluivert and Philip Cocu were enough for the Netherlands to overcome Austria, for whom Emanuel Pogatetz was the sole scorer.


Group Four

Sweden maintained their unbeaten run in the group with a 5-0 demolition of San Marino.

Mattias Jonson opened the scoring with a diving header, Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and Andreas Jakobsson and Kim Kallstom also got on the scoresheet.

Poland moved to within a point of second-placed Hungary with a 2-0 win in Latvia.


Group Five

Scotland kept their hopes alive in Group Five with a hard-fought 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Glasgow which will boost their confidence before Wednesday's match in Germany.

Germany's captain Oliver Kahn leaves the pitch after his side's 0-0 draw in Reykjavik
Germany were held to a goalless draw by Iceland
Paul Dickov and James McFadden earned the Scots their win after Julian Johnsson has equalised Neil McCann's early strike.

Iceland remain top of the group after holding Germany to a 0-0 draw in Reykjavik.

The Icelanders lead Germany by one point, with Scotland a further three adrift.


Group Six

Northern Ireland yet again failed to find the net in their tie against the Ukraine, but Sammy McIlroy's men fought hard to earn a valuable point in Donetsk.

Perugia striker Zissis Vryzas scored late in the first half to give top-of-the-table Greece a 1-0 victory over Armenia in Yerevan. The Greeks are four points ahead of Spain, who have a game in hand.


Group Seven

England beat Macedonia in an unconvincing performance in Skopje to keep alive their hopes of automatic qualification for the finals.

David Beckham and Wayne Rooney scored for England in a 2-1 victory over Macedonia
Beckham and Rooney spared England's blushes in Skopje
Wayne Rooney became the youngest England goalscorer in history to draw his side level after Georgi Hristov gave the home side the lead, before David Beckham secured the win from the penalty spot.

England are in second place in the group with a game in hand but one point behind Turkey, who beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in Vaduz thanks to goals from Tumer Metin, Okan Buruk and Hakan Suker.


Group Eight

Goals from Martin Petrov and Dimitar Berbatov gave Bulgaria victory over Estonia, who finished with 10 men after Andres Oper was sent off midway through the second half.

Croatia were too strong for tiny Andorra with Niko Kovac, Josip Simunic and Giovanni Rosso getting the goals that kept them a point behind the Bulgarians.


Group Nine

Italy crushed Wales 4-0 in Milan to go top of the group, dealing a blow to the qualifying hopes of Mark Hughes' side.

After a spirited performance from Wales in the first half, Italy overwhelmed them in the second thanks to a hat-trick from Filippo Inzaghi and a penalty by Alessandro del Piero.

Finland moved off the bottom of the group with a 2-1 win away in Azerbaijan, who replaced them in last place.


Group Ten

Ireland took the lead in their home match against Russia in Dublin when Damien Duff scored with a deflected long-range shot after a brilliant solo run.

But the Irish dropped two vital points after Sergei Ignashevich levelled matters three minutes before the break.

Georgia climbed above Albania after a Shota Arveladze brace and another from Mikheil Ashvetia gave them a 3-0 win in Tiblisi.




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