Blog by: GB Vish
With qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup now underway during this international break, here are how the teams from Groups A, B, C and D in the UEFA Zone performed in the last of their two qualifiers.
Group E: Switzerland nearly there, second place still not decided
There are no clear favourites in Group A, which is led by the Swiss who have 18 points from their eight games.
Their three latest points came in a 2-0 win away in Norway. Fabian Schaer scored in the first half before doubling the lead in the second.
The Swiss are not guaranteed of first place because Iceland are just three points off the pace. They beat Albania 2-1 two days ago. Birkir Bjarnason and Kolbein Sigthorsson scored for the hosts after Valoet Rama scored for the visitors.
Slovenia are in third place after they beat Cyprus 2-0 in Nicosia. Milivoje Novakovic and Josip Ilicic scored to keep the Eastern Europeans a point behind Iceland, with Norway a further point behind.
All results: Norway 0-2 Switzerland, Iceland 2-1 Albania, Cyprus 0-2 Slovenia
Group F: Russia lead ahead of Portugal
Despite being the obvious favourites in Group F, the Portuguese are second, one point behind the Russians, who have 18 points.
The Iberians did not play on the 10th, but the Russians did. They beat Israel 3-1 in St. Petersburg, with goals from Vassili Berezutskiy, Alexander Kokorin and Denis Glushakov while Eran Zahavi scored a consolation.
The group’s other game saw Luxembourg pull off a surprise home win over Northern Ireland. Aurelien Joachim, Stefano Bensi and Mathias Jaenisch scored the three goals for the hosts, while Martin Paterson and Gareth McAuley opened and closed the scoring in the tiny nation.
All results: Russia 3-1 Israel, Luxembourg 3-2 Northern Ireland
Group G: Bosnia, Greece jostling for pole position
Another group with no big teams, Bosnia and Greece are both locked on 19 points. The Eastern Europeans are on top of the group only on goal difference, closely followed by Greece.
The Bosnians beat Slovenia 2-1 as they overturned Marek Hamsik’s first-half goal. Ermin Bicakcic and Izet Hajrovic scored for the hosts in the second half.
Greece posted another 1-0 win as they beat Latvia. Dimitrios Salpingidis scored two minutes before the hour mark.
Lithuania are eliminated from the group but still managed to post a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein. Deivydas Matulevicius and Tadas Kijanskas scored for the hosts.
All results: Slovenia 1-2 Bosnia, Greece 1-0 Latvia, Lithuania 2-0 Liechtenstein
Group H: England disappoint, Ukraine breathing down their necks
England played out a drab goalless draw in Ukraine but are still on top of the Group with 16 points from eight games. The Ukrainians are a point behind and so are the Montenegrins, who occupy third place.
Poland are on 13 points, which means that Group H is still far from decided. The Poles walloped San Marino 5-1. Piotr Zelinski (2), Jakub Blaszczykowski, Waldemar Sobota and Adrian Mierzejewski scored, while Alessandro Della Valle scored for the minnows.
All results: Ukraine 0-0 England, San Marino 1-5 Poland