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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 September, 2004, 22:31 GMT 23:31 UK
World Cup round-up

Group One

Holland gained revenge for their defeat to the Czech Republic in Euro 2004 with a hard-fought 2-0 win.

Two goals from Pierre Van Hooijdonk, one in each half, were enough to see off the Czechs in Amsterdam.

Romania stayed at the top of the group with a 100% record after breezing to a 5-1 victory over lowly Andorra.

Florin Cernat put Romania on their way in the first minute, and two goals each from Daniel Pancu and Marius Niculae completed the job, although Marc Pujol's penalty gave Andorra a consolation goal.

Finland were not stretched as they secured a 2-0 win over Armenia, with the goals coming from Birmingham's Mikael Forssell and Aleksei Eremenko Jr.

Group Two

European champions Greece continued their low-key start to their World Cup qualification campaign with a 0-0 draw against Turkey.

An injury-time goal from Ruslan Rotan saved Ukraine's blushes against Kazakhstan, securing a 2-1 win for a side missing star striker Andriy Shevchenko.

And Georgia continued their encouraging start to qualification with a 2-0 win against Albania.

Group Three

Portugal were held for 75 minutes by Estonia before cutting free with four goals in 15 minutes for a 4-0 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo put his side in front, and two goals from Helder Postiga and another from Pauleta finished off the job.

Robert Vittek's hat-trick helped Slovakia destroy Liechtenstein 7-0, while Luxembourg and Latvia's match also produced seven goals.

Latvia emerged as 4-3 winners with Andrejs Prohorenkovs knocking in the winner on 67 minutes.

Group Four

France had captain Patrick Vieira sent off as they laboured to a 2-0 victory over the Faroe Islands.

Vieira was dismissed for foul and abusive language early in the second half as a new-look France side struggled to overcome the minnows.

A 32nd-minute goal from Ludovic Giuly put France ahead and new Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse made the game safe on 73 minutes.

Clinton Morrison gave the Republic of Ireland a splendid start against Switzerland with his second goal in two matches after just eight minutes.

But the Swiss responded through Hakan Yakin on 17 minutes in a fiery match.

Israel, who held France to a 0-0 draw last week, came from behind to beat Cyprus 2-1 with Walid Badir scoring the winner on 74 minutes.

Group Five

Scotland huffed and puffed but could not find a goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Slovenia.

Italy did enough to take their second straight win and top the group with six points after a 1-0 victory against Moldova.

The recalled Alessandro Del Piero got the goal, controlling Alberto Gilardino's pass before firing a low drive into the bottom corner.

Norway took the lead in the first half when Vidar Riseth blasted in from close range before Belarus striker Vitaly Kutuzov nodded in from a corner to equalise in the 78th minute.

Group Six

England got their World Cup qualification campaign back on track with a 2-1 win over Poland.

In his first competitive start for England, Jermain Defoe scored a superb opener but Sven-Goran Eriksson's side surrendered the lead early in the second half and needed an own goal from Arkadiusz Glowacki to wrap up the win.

"Eventful" does not do justice to Wales' 2-2 draw with Northern Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.

Robbie Savage and Michael Hughes were sent off after a first-half flare-up, Northern Ireland went 2-0 up with goals from Jeff Whitley and David Healey before Healey was sensationally sent off for his goal celebrations.

And Wales fought back with goals from John Hartson and Robert Earnshaw.

In the group's other match, Austria gained a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan.

Group Seven

Spain were held to a 1-1 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina despite taking a 66th-minute lead through Vicente.

Eight minutes later, Bosnia's Elvir Bolic equalised to grab a point for his team.

Porto striker Edgaras Jankauskas scored twice as Lithuania secured a 4-0 win over San Marino.

Tomas Danilevicius and Andrius Gedgaudas scored the rest as Lithuania secured their fourth point of the group stages.

Group Eight

Croatia surprised Sweden 1-0 thanks to Darijo Srna's 71st-minute free-kick.

Sweden were furious with the referee after he ruled out a goal when Croatia goalkeeper Tomislav Butina dropped the ball over the goal line for a foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Imre Szabics' 80th-minute goal secured Hungary a 3-2 victory over Iceland.


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