Denmark, France make Euro 2012

Denmark gained an automatic spot at the 2012 European

Championship at the expense of Portugal on Tuesday while France

needed a late penalty kick in a 1-1 draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina to

qualify.

Former champion Greece and Russia also clinched places at next

summer’s tournament in Ukraine and Poland with victories on the

final night of group qualifying games. Sweden beat the Netherlands

3-2 to advance as the runner-up with the best record from the nine

groups.

In South American World Cup qualifying, Venezuela upset

Argentina and Lionel Messi 1-0, getting a 61st-minute goal when

Fernando Amorebieta redirected a corner kick in.

In exhibitions, the United States lost 1-0 to Ecuador on Jaime

Ayovi’s 79th-minute goal and Brazil rallied for a 2-1 win at

Mexico. After David Luiz’s own goal in the 12th, Ronaldino tied it

in the 79th with his first international goal since October 2007.

Marcelo broke the tie in the 77th.

In European Championship qualifying, a 2-0 defeat in Copenhagen

dropped Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates into next

month’s qualification playoffs, along with Turkey, Ireland,

Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Czech Republic. Montenegro

already had clinched second in Group G before a 2-0 loss at

Switzerland on Tuesday.

The playoff draw is Thursday.

Defending champion Spain beat Scotland and Germany against

Belgium to finish group play with perfect records. The Netherlands’

defeat in Stockholm ruined their 100 percent run in qualifying.

England and Italy already had qualified as group winners. The

French, needing at least a draw to finish top of Group D, fell

behind at the Stade de France in the 40th minute when Edin Dzeko

curled home a shot from the edge of the box. Samir Nasri salvaged a

point for the hosts when he converted a penalty kick after being

brought down just inside the area by defender Emir Spahic.

Denmark had to win to secure first place in Group H and was

ahead 2-0 by the 63rd minute on goals by Michael Krohn-Dehli and

Nicklas Bendtner. Ronaldo halved the deficit with a goal on a free

kick in second-half injury time but it wasn’t enough for the

Portuguese.

Greece, the surprise 2004 champion, needed goals in the final 11

minutes by substitute Giorgos Fotakis and veteran Angelos

Charisteas to secure a 2-1 win over Georgia and reach its third

straight European Championship.

It meant second-place Croatia’s 2-0 victory over Latvia was in

vain, with Greece winning Group F by two points.

As expected, Russia routed Andorra to qualify from Group B. lan

Dzagoev scored twice in a 6-0 win in Moscow, and Sergei

Ignashevich, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Denis Glushakov and Diniyar

Bilyaletdinov also got goals.

Ireland finished second with a 2-1 win over visiting Armenia,

capitalizing on the disputed ejection of Armenia goalkeeper Roman

Berezovski for hand ball outside the penalty area in the 26th

minute. Ireland took a 2-0 lead on Valeri Aleksanyan’s own goal and

Richard Dunne’s close-range finish.

Henrik Mkhitaryan replied two minutes later for Armenia, which

would have finished runner-up with a win.

Sweden’s first win over the Netherlands since 1924 ensured the

team advanced as the best runner-up – but it needed to overturn a

2-1 deficit to do so.

In a four-minute span just after the break, Sebastian Larsson

scored a penalty kick and Ola Toivonen converted a powerful shot.

The Dutch had recovered from Kim Kallstrom’s 14th-minute free kick

with goals by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt.

In South American qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Argentina

dropped to 1-1, one point behind Uruguay (1-0-1), which tied 1-1 at

Paraguay. Diego Forlan put Uruguay ahead in the 67th, but Richard

Ortiz tied it in the final minute for Paraguay (0-0-1).

Colombia (1-0) won 2-1 at Bolivia (0-2) when Radamel Falcao came

off the bench and scored in second-half injury time. Dorlan Pabon

gave Colombia a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute and Walter Flores tied

it in the 85th.

Chile beat visiting Peru 4-2 on goals by Walter Ponce, Eduardo

Vargas, Gary Medel and Humberto Suazo, with Claudio Pizarro and

Jefferon Farfan scoring for Peru. Both teams are 1-1.

In CONCACAF, Antigua (4-0) moved into the Group F lead with a

10-0 rout of the U.S. Virgin Islands as Haiti (3-0-1) was held to a

2-2 tie by visiting Curacao. Antigua and Haiti play twice next

month, and the first-place nation moves on to a third-round group

with the United States, Jamaica and Guatemala (4-0), which all but

clinched advancement with a 3-1 win over Belize.