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England through, Rooney out in Euro qualifier

sports Updated: Oct 09, 2011 00:41 IST
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Star striker Wayne Rooney was sent off as England reached the Euro 2012 finals on Friday while continental heavyweights France and Portugal were left waiting anxiously on their fates.

Rooney was red-carded in the 73rd minute here as Montenegro fought back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw. A last-minute equaliser from substitute Andrija Delibasic grabbed a share of the points after England had taken the lead with goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent. The Montenegro fightback was not enough to prevent Fabio Capello's men from earning the point they needed to secure qualification from Group G for next year's finals.

"He kicked out at the opponent and the red card was OK. Hewill be suspended," said Capello.

France outclassed Albania 3-0 in Paris to go within a point of a place at the finals. Bosnia-Herzegovina's 5-0 thrashing of Luxembourg prevented France from qualifying automatically, but they are now assured of at least a play-off place.

Portugal crushed Iceland 5-3 in Porto with Manchester United starlet Nani hitting a brace. The Portuguese stay top of Group H on 16 points, the same as Denmark who beat Cyprus 4-1.

Reigning world and European champions Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, who had already made sure of qualification, maintained their perfect records. Spain defeated the Czech Republic 2-0 in Prague, Germanywon 3-1 against Turkey in Istanbul while The Netherlands saw off Moldova 1-0. Serbia's hopes of securing a place in the play-offs suffered a blow despite a 1-1 draw with already-qualified Italy in Group C in Belgrade.