Six football matches take place across Europe on the evening of Friday 25th March 2011 as the Qualification for UEFA Euro 2012 continues.
Austria v Belgium – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
Austria currently sit second in Group A, five points behind Germany, though they have a game in hand. Belgium are three points back in fourth place, meaning that both teams need a win tonight if they are to retain a realistic chance of automatic qualification.
Hungary v Netherlands – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
Netherlands lead Group E with a maximum 4 wins from 4 giving them 12 points, while Hungary are second having recorded three wins and a loss, so they’ll be keen to draw level with a home win today.
Serbia v Northern Ireland – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
Serbia are 5th and Northern Ireland 4th in the tricky Group C, which also features Italy, Slovenia and Estonia – and only one point separates the two side, meaning that tonight is a must-win game, or, rather, a can’t-lose match.
Slovenia v Italy – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
2nd v 1st takes place in group C as Slovenia take on Group leaders Italy, who are three points ahead at the top of the table. If the azzuri can get a victory tonight, they’ll be strong favourites to win the group and qualify, though a Slovenia victory would throw the race wide open, meaning this could be the match to watch this evening.
Luxembourg v France – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00
France lead Group D by a point, so they’ll be looking to maintain their advantage away at neighbouring minnows, Luxembourg.
Spain v Czech Republic – Group I – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00
The biggest match of the evening takes place in Spain where the World Champions will seek to continue their excellent 100% record in the qualification for Euro 2012 against second placed Czech Republic. The Czechs can draw level on nine points with Spain if they pick up the away win.
Euro 2012 Qualification – Fixtures, Friday 25th March 2011
- Austria v Belgium – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
- Hungary v Netherlands – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
- Serbia v Northern Ireland – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:30
- Slovenia v Italy – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Luxembourg v France – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00
- Spain v Czech Republic – Group I – Kick-Off (CET) 21:00
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It is bordered by Germany to the northwest; the Czech Republic to the north; Slovakia to the northeast; Hungary to the east; Slovenia and Italy to the south; and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.
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Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe. It is bordered by the Netherlands to the north, Germany to the east, Luxembourg to the southeast, France to the southwest, and the North Sea to the northwest.
It covers an area of 30,689 km2 (11,849 sq mi) and has a population of more than 11.5 million, making it the 22nd most densely populated country in the world and the 6th most densely populated country in Europe, with a density of 376 per square kilometre (970/sq mi). The capital and largest city is Brussels; other major cities are Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, Bruges, Namur, and Leuven.
Legally, Belgium is a sovereign state and a federal constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its institutional organization is complex and is structured on both regional and linguistic grounds. It is divided into three highly autonomous regions: the Flemish Region in the north, Wallonia in the south, and the Brussels-Capital Region.
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