Qualifying review: Harnik scores twice as Austria book their Euro 2016 place

Martin Harnik scored twice as Austria became the fourth team to secure their place at Euro 2016 with an emphatic 4-1 win over Group G rivals Sweden in Solna.

The hosts’ hopes of hanging onto the second qualifying place in the group were hit as early as the ninth minute when David Alaba put the Austrians ahead from the spot.

Stuttgart striker Harnik added his first of the night seven minutes before the break and Marc Janko made the victory certain in the 76th minute.

Harnik’s second was followed by a late consolation by Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the Swedes slipped to third in the group behind Russia, who won 7-0 in Liechtenstein.

Artem Dzyuba led the rout for the Russians with four goals and further strikes came from Fyodor Smolov, Alan Dzagoev and an Aleksandr Kokorin penalty to put them a point clear in second with two games to play.

Also in Group G, an early opener from Stefan Savic and an own goal from Petru Racu gave Montenegro a 2-0 win over Moldova in Chisinau.

Wayne Rooney made history as already-qualified England extended their 100 per cent record in Group E to eight straight wins with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley.

Qualifying review: Harnik scores twice as Austria book their Euro 2016 place

Substitute Harry Kane scored a 67th-minute opener before Rooney’s 84th-minute penalty took him one clear of Sir Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time leading goalscorer on 50 goals.

Third-placed Slovenia made hard work of keeping up the pressure on the Swiss as they edged to a 1-0 win over Estonia in Maribor.

Robert Beric’s 63rd-minute effort proved just enough for the Slovenians to reduce the gap to three points on their rivals for the second qualifying berth.

San Marino scored their first away goal for over a decade but it was not enough to prevent a 2-1 loss to Lithuania in Vilnius.

Spain moved closer to booking their place in France next summer as Juan Mata’s eighth-minute strike gave them a hard-fought 1-0 win over Macedonia in Skopje.

Their cause was helped by a goalless draw between Slovakia and Ukraine in Zilina which leaves the Spanish two points clear at the top of Group C with the Slovaks maintaining their three-point gap over Mikhail Formenko’s men.

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