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  • Chris Sobey


England huffed and puffed their way to a disappointing 1-0 win against Slovenia at Wembley last night thanks to their talisman Harry Kane netting in injury time, and the win guaranteed their qualification as Group F winners and for Russia next summer. Scotland’s Chris Martin grabbed a significant late winner against Slovakia at Hampden last night, which moved them up top second, two points clear ahead of Slovakia and three clear of Slovenia. However, Slovakia are at home to Malta the groups whipping boys on Sunday while Scotland’s travel too Slovenia, which gives Slovakia a distinct advantage and they are of course favourites to secure second place and qualifying spot.

Northern Ireland lost 1-3 against Germany at Windsor Park and the Germans extended their lead at the top of Group C ahead of Norther Ireland in second and they are the two teams to qualify from the group. Poland guaranteed their qualification for Russia next summer winning Group E and Denmark recorded a massive victory last night beating Montenegro 1-0, which meant they leap frogged them in to second setting up a tense final qualifying day on Sunday.

Tonight’s qualifying games see Wales in action away at Georgia in Group D and with Serbia facing a tough one away at Austria and Ireland at home against Moldova and breathing down their neck in third, it’s safe to say a win would take a lot of pressure off them with one match remaining. Spain and Italy continue their march to qualify from Group G with Spain leading Italy by three points. Spain face Albania at home and Italy face Macedonia at home and elsewhere Croatia and Iceland continue their neck and neck battle to win Group with both tied on 16 points and Croatia are favourites to qualify as group winners as they face Finland at home tonight, whereas Iceland have to travel to third place Turkey who can overtake Iceland with a win tonight.

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