Denmark, France make Euro 2012
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
LONDON (AP) -- 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 in the final round of qualifying games. Sweden beat the Netherlands 3-2 to advance as the runner-up with the best record from the nine groups.
A 2-0 defeat in Copenhagen dropped Portugal into next month's qualification playoffs, along with Turkey, Ireland, Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Czech Republic.
Defending champion Spain and Germany won to finish group play with perfect records.