Action aplenty across Europe
Ottmar Hitzfeld's side, who were famously the only team to beat Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, grabbed the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute through Moreno Constanzo. The home side had a golden chance to take the lead five minutes earlier but Christian Fuchs, captaining the side for the first time, missed a penalty.
Czech Republic were in fine form as they defeated Latvia 4-1. After a goalless first half, Roman Bednar netted the opener in the 49th minute. Martin Fenin added the second five minutes later and goals from Zdenek Pospech and Tomas Necid put the match beyond Latvia, who managed a late consolation from Aleksandrs Cauna.
Serbia suffered a surprise home defeat by Greece, Dimitris Salpingidis grabbing the only goal on the stroke of half-time, while Slovakia and Croatia drew 1-1. Miroslav Stoch opened the scoring for the hosts in the 50th minute but it took only four minutes for Nikica Jelavic to level for Croatia.
Slovenia, meanwhile, posted an impressive 2-0 victory over Australia thanks to late goals from Zlatko Dedic and Zlatan Ljubijankic. Turkey left it late to see off Romania, with Emre Belozoglu grabbing the opener in the 82nd minute and Arda Turan sealing a 2-0 win four minutes later.
Belgium's international woes continued as an own goal by Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany gave Finland a 1-0 victory. Wales scored four second-half goals to destroy Luxembourg 5-1 in Llanelli. Captain Craig Bellamy put the seal on an outstanding individual display with his country's fifth goal, which followed earlier efforts by David Cotterill, Andy King, Ashley Williams and a Joe Ledley penalty. Luxembourg produced a spectacular first-half goal from striker Joel Kitenge, but they were reduced to 10 men after 77 minutes when Mario Mutsch was sent off.
Radomir Dalovic scored either side of half-time to hand Montenegro a 2-0 victory and leave Northern Ireland frustrated in their match in Podgorica, while Cyprus beat Andorra 1-0.