Swiss give England mountain to climb
England 2 Switzerland 2 (Wembley Euro qualifier 4 June 2011)
In other weekend matches Mario Gomez scored at the end of each half as Germany won 2-1 in Austria while Turkey drew 1-1 in Belgium and a Gridin double for Kazakhstan send Azerbaijan home 2-1 losers. Robbie Keane added 2 more goals to his Irish tally with both goals in Macedonia while Russia came from a goal down at home to beat Armenia with a hat-trick from Pavluychenko and Croatia came from behind with 2 goals in as many minutes to overcome Georgia 2-1 in Split. France drew 1-1 in Belarus while Bosnia & Herzegovina lost 3-0 in Romania with 2 goals from Ciprian Marica and Italy eased past Estonia by the same score line in Modena. Liechtenstein shocked Lithuania 2-0 in Vaduz and Latvia lost 2-1 at home to Israel while Fetfatzidis scored twice for Greece in their 3-1 home win over Malta. Sweden cruised to a 4-1 win in Moldova with 2 goals from Elmander, and 2 goals gave Denmark victory in Iceland while a single goal in Portugal saw Norway on the losing side. England were given a boost when Montenegro were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Bulgaria.
Among friendly matches the Netherlands held hosts Brazil to a goalless draw and Spain battered the USA 4-0 on American soil.
On Sunday in friendly matches Australia put 3 past New Zealand in Adelaide without reply while Argentina lost 2-1 in Poland, and among African qualifiers Ethiopia held the visiting Nigerians to a 2-2 draw with Saladin Seid scoring both goals for the hosts while The Ivory Coast enjoyed a 6-2 goal fest in Benin and a hat-trick from Issam Jenaa helped Tunisia trounce ten-man Chad 5-0 in Sousse. South Africa held Egypt to a goalless draw in Cairo.
On Monday after a goalless first-half France came from behind with 3 late goals to demolish Ukraine 4-1 in Donetsk.
On Tuesday Germany took another step closer to the Euro finals with a 3-1 win in Azerbaijan while Finland were thumped 5-0 in Sweden thanks to a hat-trick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Faroe Islands enjoyed a surprising 2-0 home win over Estonia. In friendly matches the Republic of Ireland beat Italy 2-0 in Belgium and Latvia ended their match away to Austria with 8 men and a 3-1 defeat.