Pazzini seals Italy’s finals slot as North crumble in Estonia

ITALY have qualified for Euro 2012 as Giampaolo Pazzini’s late goal saw them past Slovenia 1-0 last night.

The result sees them comfortably top Group C.

Estonia hammered Northern Ireland 4-1 in the same group last night while Serbia beat Brian Kerr’s Faroe Islands 3-1 to move second ahead of Slovenia.

Nicklas Bendtner inspired Denmark to 2-0 victory against Scandinavian rivals Norway to leave Euro 2012 qualifying Group H fascinatingly poised.

The striker, loaned from Arsenal to Sunderland ahead of last week’s transfer deadline, scored twice in the first half, the second a superb long-range effort.

The win brings Denmark level on points with group leaders Portugal and Norway, though Norway have just one game remaining compared to their rivals’ two.

Iceland beat Cyprus 1-0.

In Group E, Holland moved to the brink of qualification as goals from Kevin Strootman and Luuk de Jong saw off Finland 2-0.

Sweden beat San Marino 5-0 while Hungary won in Moldova 2-0.

In Group D, Romania drew 0-0 with France while Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Belarus 1-0 and Luxembourg beat Albania 2-1.

The results mean France are just a point ahead of Bosnia in the group standings.

In Group G, teenager Xherdan Shaqiri scored a hat-trick as Switzerland came from behind to beat Bulgaria 3-1 and keep alive their slim chance of a Euro 2012 play-off place.

England lead the group comfortably from Montenegro, with the Swiss in third position.

Greece surrendered top spot in Group F of the Euro 2012 qualifiers as they were held to a draw in Latvia.

Croatia ascended to top spot earlier in the evening, with two goals from Eduardo and one from Luka Modric sealing a 3-1 win over Israel. Malta drew 1-1 with Georgia.

In Group I, Scotland beat Lithuania while Spain beat Liechtenstein. Spain are eight points clear in the group from the Czech Republic, with Scotland two points behind the Czechs.

In Group A, Azerbaijan beat Kazakhstan 3-2 while Austria and Turkey drew 0-0. Germany have won the group while Turkey and Belgium are in a fight for the remaining play-off place.

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