Sweden fight back against Germany, France and Spain share the points

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Updated: October 17, 2012

Sweden fought back from 4-0 against Germany with 4 second half goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic providing the inspirational spark with a goal of his own. Spain conceded a goal in the dying minutes of their encounter against the French to finish at

1-1, while Northern Ireland almost ruined the night for Christiano Ronaldo in his 100th game for Portugal with a 1-1 draw.
On a bizarre night in Germany, the home team powered to a 4-0 lead, Klose scoring a brace and in the process moved his international tally to 67, one behind the German record. Ibrahimovic who has been in sparkling form this season for PSG, was again the man for the moment for his country, as his goal spark an incredible comeback, which saw the visitors eventually share the points as the game incredibly finished at 4-4.
Spain conceded a late goal, to share the points with France as they ended in a 1-1 stalemate. Ramos scoring the opener, while Fabregas missed a penalty. Olivier Giroud provided the equalizing goal for the French and in the process denied Spain their 25th consecutive win in qualifying games.
The Russians beat Azerbaijan 1-0 in Moscow to maintain their perfect start under Italian coach Fabio Capello.
The Netherlands also won a fourth successive game, beating Romania 4-1 in Bucharest to end their opponents’ three-match winning run.
Belgium beat Scotland 2-0 in Brussels to all but end the Scots hopes of reaching the finals, while Croatia stayed level on points with Belgium at the top of the standings with a 2-0 win over Wales in Osijek.
Bosnia stayed on course for what would be their first international tournament as an independent nation by beating Lithuania 3-0 at home and staying top of Group G along with Greece who beat Slovakia 1-0 in Bratislava.
However, Poland’s Group H match with England at Warsaw’s National Stadium was called off after the stadium roof was left open despite a downpour which left the pitch waterlogged.
In South America, Messi and Higuain secured the points for Argentina in a 2-1 win over Chile, while Striker Carlos Saucedo scored a hat-trick as Bolivia found their best home form to crush Uruguay 4-1