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Germany lead Euro giants in qualifying for 2012

Former champions Germany were given an early chance for celebration after becoming the first team to qualify for the 2012 European Championship finals.

sports Updated: Sep 03, 2011 23:25 IST

Former champions Germany were given an early chance for celebration after becoming the first team to qualify for the 2012 European Championship finals. A 6-2 hammering of Austria means Joachim Loew's Germany side have now taken their tally in Group A to an unassailable 24 points after winning all of their eight games to date.

France edged closer to qualification but had to survive a scare in Tirana before running out 2-1 winners against Albania, a result that allowed Laurent Blanc's side move three points clear at the top of Pool D.

Wayne Rooney played a starring role as England romped to a 3-0 victory over hapless Bulgaria.