8 Jun 2011

Germany close to qualifying for Euro 2012

1:39 pm on 8 June 2011

Germany are on the brink of qualifying for the finals of Euro 2012 football tournament after beating Azerbaijan 3-1 to make it seven wins out of seven in Group A.

Only Turkey, who are 11 points behind Germany but have a game in hand, can catch them.

Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score a hat-trick as Sweden thrashed Finland 5-nil to move within three points of Netherlands at the top of Group E.

The surprise of the day came in Group C, where the Faroe Islands beat Estonia 2-nil to claim the first win of their campaign.

In a friendly, Ireland beat Italy 2-nil.