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World Cup 2014: Ukraine victory blasts group wide open

MILESTONE:Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrated a record 126th cap for his country by scoring a hat-trick in their 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands in Dublin

Reuters, LONDON

The biggest winners of the night were Bosnia, who triumphed 5-0 in Latvia in Group G to stay three points clear of Greece, who won 1-0 in Lithuania, thanks to Lazaros Christodoulopoulos who scored midway through the first half.

Italy, who look set to qualify from Group B, were held to a 0-0 draw by an enterprising Czech Republic side in Prague, where their controversial striker Mario Balotelli was sent off by Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen 18 minutes from time.

Balotelli picked up his second yellow card for catching defender Theodor Gebre Selassie in the face with his forearm and will now miss Italy’s next match against Bulgaria in September.

This season’s qualifiers are to be wrapped up on Tuesday when Denmark play Armenia in Group B, Sweden meet the Faroes in Group C and Belarus host Finland in Group I after losing 1-0 in the reverse fixture on Friday.

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