Euro 2012 Qualifying: 5 Matches To Watch On Tuesday

Stefan GouyetAnalyst IOctober 9, 2011

Euro 2012 Qualifying: 5 Matches To Watch On Tuesday

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    The Qualifying Round of Euro 2012 began on August 11, 2010 when Estonia beat the Faroe Islands. Now, more than 12 months, it has all boiled down to a final, mouthwatering day.

    On Tuesday (October 11), teams across Europe play their final qualifier, matches that will determine which countries take part in next summer's tournament.

    While Germany, Spain, Netherlands, England, and Italy (Ukraine and Poland have qualified as hosts) have already secured their spot in the Euro, there are still a bunch of places that need to be filled.

    Here's a list of five matches to watch this Tuesday: 

Germany vs. Belgium

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    What's at Stake:

    Germany- Already Qualified.

    Belgium- Need to get better result than Turkey (who play Azerbaijan) to get second in group.

    Germany have already qualified to next year's tournament as they breezed through Group A.

    Belgium, however, are in dire need of a good result on the final match day but have the tough task of winning in Germany, as only a victory will ensure they get second place in their group.

    The Germans may have already secured their spot in the Euro but they are still keen to finish the group with 100 percent wins. They probably won't play with all their starters but they'll field a good team.

    Belgium will need to play very attacking-minded as even a draw won't be enough if Turkey beat Azerbaijan. 

France vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina

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    What's at Stake:

    France- Will qualify as winner of the group with one point.

    Bosnia-Herzegovina- Need all three points to qualify as winner of group.

    France and Bosnia-Herzegovina are at the top of Group D with one point separation. France will host their counterparts at the Stade de France and need just a draw from this match to win the group.

    The French have a number of injury concerns, with Abidal, Cabaye, Gameiro, and many others sidelined. Bosnia will have to take advantage of this if they are going to win the group. 

Denmark vs. Portugal

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    What's at Stake:

    Denmark- Will get second in group with a tie; Will qualify as winner of group with a win.

    Portugal- Will win group with a tie or win; will get second with a loss (unless Norway have a better goal difference than Portugal.)

    Portugal were probably happy when they were drawn in Group H along with Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, and Iceland.

    Unlike what many people would have expected, the Portuguese have had a hard time asserting their dominance in the group.

    Denmark and Norway have stayed close to the Iberian side for the seven rounds of Group H.

    Norway will need a miracle to qualify but Denmark can get first in their group with a win against Portugal. The Danes have been great so far and are currently level on points (20) with the Portuguese.

    But they know that all their good performances won't matter as much if they fail to lose against their group rivals.

Republic of Ireland vs. Armenia

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    What's at Stake:

    Ireland- Will win group with a win and a loss for Russia (who play Andorra); Will get second in group with a win and Russia win/tie; Will get second with a tie.

    Armenia- Will get second in group with a win.

    Ireland and Armenia face each other at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, in a match that will decide who obtains the play-off spot in Group B. 

    The Irish are on 18 points and can even get 1st place in the group if they win and Russia lose. The Armenians simply have to earn a victory at Ireland to get 2nd in the group.

    Ireland will possibly be without captain Robbie Keane for this match after the striker picked up an injury against Andorra on Friday. Even without the star frontman, Giovanni Trapattoni will expect his side to beat Armenia.

Spain vs. Scotland

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    What's at Stake:

    Spain- Already Qualified.

    Scotland- Need to match Czech Republic's (who play Lithuania) result.

    Like Germany, Spain have already guaranteed first place in their group but will still attempt to keep their 100 percent winning record.

    The World Cup winners played well on Friday at Czech Republic and now host Scotland, who know that only a win in Spain will ensure they get the play-off spot.

    The Spanish had a tough time when they faced the Scottish in October 2010, a game that La Roja won 3-2. As Spain won't be playing all their best players, this will be another close match between these two countries.