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UEFA World Cup Qualifying: Russia, Spain, Italy all victorious

Russia defeated Portugal in Europe's biggest match of the day, while Spain and Italy recorded wins as well.

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Netherlands beat Andorra easily 3-0

The Netherlands predictably romped over Andorra in a 3-0 win.

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Turkey 0-1 Romania: Grozav strikes to sink Turks

Romania made it three wins out of three in their qualifying group with an impressive away win over Turkey.

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Full recap of all the qualifier results in UEFA

Missed some or all of today's World Cup qualifiers in UEFA? Here's a recap of all the results.

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England drop five goals on San Marino

England wasn't tested in the slightest by San Marino on Friday.

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Wales 2-1 Scotland: Welsh hit back with Bale brace

Wales struck back to all but end Scotland's hopes of World Cup qualification after a Gareth Bale brace followed a James Morrison opener.

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Reus and Germany humiliate Ireland 6-1

Ireland were overmatched and overwhelmed in Dublin tonight by a superior German side

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Switzerland draw Norway 1-1 in thriller

Switzerland and Norway played to a 1-1 draw in one of the best matches of the day.

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Serbia rue missed chances as Belgium win

Serbia had more than their share of chances, but paid the price as Belgium's perfectly worked counterattacks gave them all three points.

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Pedro shines as Spain sink Belarus

Pedro put on a show as Spain stomped Belarus.

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Wales 0-1 Scotland: Morrison puts Scots in front

Scotland go into half-time at Cardiff City Stadium 1-0 up thanks to a James Morrison strike in a game in which chances were plentiful but finishing was poor.

Much was made of Steven Fletcher's return to the Scotland team, but it was Gareth Bale who proved the immediate danger. After sending a dipping volley over the crossbar early on, the Tottenham winger went the closest by cutting inside from the right and curling a long-range effort just wide of the far post with Allan MacGregor beaten.

Joe Allen also posed a significant danger for the hosts, and came very close to breaking the deadlock when he robbed on the halfway line and allowed his team to spring a counter-attack, receiving the ball in the penalty area and cutting inside only to see his effort blocked by Alan Hutton.

Shortly afterwards, in a spell of dominance for the home side, Steve Morison really ought to have scored after collecting a cross from the right wing and despite having considerable freedom in the Scottish area, nodded wide of the far post with Allen MacGregor stranded.

After Morison's missed sitter, it was his almost-namesake who showed how to finish at the other end: Wales were made to pay a heavy price for their profligacy, along with some pretty poor defending after Steven Fletcher flicked on Allen MacGregor's goal-kick for the onrushing and untracked James Morrison to latch onto and finish coolly to put the Scots ahead with the most simple of route-one moves.

Wales looked rattled after conceding the goal, and their frustration was exemplified by Gareth Bale, blazing two terrible efforts from outside the area - one free-kick, and one centre from Joe Allen - well wide.

Towards the end of the half, Steven Fletcher had a chance to score on his return for the Scots and double their lead, but scuffed James Morrison's cross, resulting in a tame effort.

Wales had a brief scare when Aaron Ramsey appeared to be limping, but continued to play and received perhaps Wales' best chance of the half, receiving a cross in the area at high-speed but sending an awful effort high and wide.

For Scotland, the Morrison-Fletcher combination showed promise once again at the end of the half. Morrison really should've made it two-nil after a Steven Fletcher knockdown left him in an ocean of space on the edge of the hosts' area, but whacked his volley over the bar.

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Marco Reus 2, Ireland 0 at halftime

Ireland got things off to an energetic start and pushed Germany early, but as you would expect the Germans settled in and took control of affairs by the 15 minute mark. That's not to say Ireland didn't threaten at times, they did, but in general it was like a cat playing with a mouse, the end result is inevitable.

When Ireland were able to look dangerous it was after an intercepted pass that the Irish hoofed forward with a long ball, attempting to catch the high-lined German defense out. They got close a couple times, but either the defense or Manuel Neuer were able to clear the danger.

Germany were denied a clear penalty in the 30th minute after John O'Shea yanked down Marco Reus in the box, but the referee was way out of position and showed a yellow card to Reus for diving. Just a horrible decision by the official that left Reus laughing in disbelief.

Of course the best way to deal with that is just go score a goal anway, which Reus did roughly two minutes later. After Marcel Schmelzer's ball in to the box was not cleared by Ireland, a lurking Reus charged up and buried a lovely shot over the right shoulder of Kieren Westwood to give Germany a 1-0 lead.

Reus was clearly still displeased by the earlier card and punished Ireland again in thr 40th minute. Mesut Özil absolutely abused James McCartthy in the midfield to start a break, before sending a pass to Jerome Boateng on the right wing. Boateng picked out Reus with a great cross-field pass and Reus beat Westwood with a low, laser beam shot that snuck in side the far post.

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Belgium lead Serbia at halftime in Belgrade

A goal from Christian Benteke is all that separates Serbia and Belgium in what has been, so far, a lively match.

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Italy beat Armenia, take top of Group B

Armenia gave Italy some trouble in Yeravan, but in the end, the Azzurri managed to collect all three points.

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Kerzhakov fires Russia past Portugal

Alexander Kerzhakov's goal in the 6th minute was all Russia needed to defeat Portugal.

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Wales vs. Scotland: Fletchers return for Scots

Scotland see the return of Steven and Darren Fletcher as they bid to get their qualification campaign back on track against Wales in Cardiff.

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Germans, Irish and injuries, oh my!

Both teams are riddled with injuries, but the advantage is still firmly in Germany's hands as they travel to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

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Capello jokingly wishes Ronaldo's injury was worse

Russia and Portugal meet in Moscow in what is both a key group match and potentially the day's most entertaining qualifier in UEFA.

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Armenia hope to hold back Italy

Italy haven't gotten off to the brightest of starts in World Cup qualifying, but hope to shake up an Armenia side that's been forced to make a few changes.

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Belgian advantage in Belgrade?

Belgium are the favorites to win Group A. But Serbia might just have a few tricks up their sleeves.

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