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World Cup: Spain held as Germany, England stroll

IT’S COMING HOME?Although England obliterated San Marino 8-0, they still trail Montenegro in the qualifying tables, after the latter edged Moldova 1-0 on Friday

AFP, PARIS

“The goal after just two minutes should have buoyed us, but instead it ended up doing the opposite — we let our intensity drop and weren’t aggressive defensively,” Bento said.

Russia had hoped to bolster that margin with a win in Northern Ireland, but Fabio Capello’s men had to wait 24 hours after heavy snow in Belfast forced a postponement.

The Netherlands, who were 2010 runners-up, eased past Estonia 3-0 to claim a fifth win in five and go five points clear in Group D.

In other play, it was:

‧ Belgium 2, Macedonia 0

‧ Wales 2, Scotland 1

‧ Bulgaria 6, Malta 0

‧ Denmark 3, Czech Republic 0

‧ Austria 6, Faroe Islands 0

‧ Turkey 2, Andorra 0

‧ Hungary 2, Romania 2

‧ Iceland 2, Slovenia 1

‧ Albania 1, Norway 0

‧ Luxembourg 0, Azerbaijan 0

‧ Liechtenstein 1, Latvia 1

‧ Slovakia 1, Lithuania 1

‧ Bosnia-Herzegovina 3, Greece 1

‧ Ukraine 3, Poland 1

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