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Defoe hat-trick gives England winning start

England 4 Bulgaria 0 (Wembley Euro qualifier 3 September 2010)
England began their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign by battering Bulgaria 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Jermain Defoe. Rooney found Ashley Cole in the box who managed to pull the ball back for Defoe to hook into the back of the net in the 3rd minute of a first half which the hosts dominated without troubling Mikhailov again in the Bulgarian goal. But 5 minutes into the 2nd half Rooney tested Mikhailov with a chip from outside the area and when Joe Hart palmed away an Angelov effort in the 61st minute, England broke away which resulted in Rooney delivering the ball for Defoe to tuck away between the legs of the keeper. Hart stretched out an arm to deny Bulgaria in a one-on-one situation with Rangelov in the 65th minute and Mikhailov kept out a shot from Gerrard in the 76th minute, but in the 83rd minute Adam Johnson fired the ball in from inside the box beating Mikhailov at his near post and 3 minutes later Rooney linked up with Defoe who swept the ball past Mikhailov for his hat-trick. England will face the Swiss in their next match on Tuesday.

Mikhailov beaten for the forth time at Wembley

In other matches Northern Ireland picked up 3 points with a 1-0 victory in Slovenia while a Keith Fahey goal gave the Republic of Ireland 3 points in Armenia and Scotland earned a point in their goalless draw in Lithuania, but Wales fell to a single goal in Montenegro. France suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at home to Belarus while Italy came from behind to win 2-1 in Estonia. Finland's trip to Moldova ended in a 2-0 loss as Sami Hyppiń saw red and Hungary were beaten by the same scoreline in Sweden while Croatia won 3-0 in Latvia. Greece could only draw 1-1 at home to Georgia and Romania were held back by the same result in their home match against Albania. World Cup finalists Spain and The Netherlands had easy away fixtures winning 4-0 and 5-0 in Liechtenstein and San Marion respectively while Klose scored the only goal for Germany in Belgium, and Portugal shared 8 goals in a thrilling match at home to Cyprus.
Among friendly matches Iran won 2-0 away to China and Colombia enjoyed the same result in Venezuela while Australia drew 0-0 in Switzerland.
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