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Friday, September 09, 2011

Euro2012 contenders qualify for finals

Four of Europe's leading football nations can start to prepare for the Euro2012 finals having sealed their places in Poland and Ukraine.

Germany were the first "non-host" side to make the finals with their eighth win out of eight qualifying games - thrashing Austria 6-2 and putting on a fine attacking display.

Defending European and World champions Spain also celebrated qualification with a 6-0 win over little Liechtenstein, while the Dutch are definitely there too after beating Finland 2-0 - although Holland are not quite guaranteed to win the group yet - but will be the best runner-up at least.

Italy were less stylish, but a late Giampaolo Pazzini goal beat Slovenia 1-0, and this was enough to send Italy through.

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