Italy beats Slovenia 1-0, qualifies for Euro 2012

Italy's midfielder Daniele De Rossi, right, and Slovenia's midfielder Aleksander Radosavljevic fight for the ball during their group C, EURO 2012 qualifying  soccer match, at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

View gallery

Italy's midfielder Daniele De Rossi, right, and Slovenia's midfielder Aleksander Radosavljevic fight …

Italy sealed its place in Euro 2012 with a late goal in a 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday. The Netherlands and England both won to close in on a spot for next year's tournament in Ukraine and Poland.

Substitute Giampaolo Pazzini scored in 85th minute to give the Italians a narrow victory in Florence. They clinched the top spot in Group C with two games to spare.

The 2006 world champions join Germany in the tournament. Spain could become the third team to advance if it wins at home against Liechtenstein in Group I later Tuesday.

The Netherlands maintained its perfect record in Group E with a 2-0 victory in Finland. But the Dutch still need a point to guarantee first place. That is also the case with England, which beat Wales 1-0 in Group G on a goal by Manchester United winger Ashley Young.

In Asian world Cup qualifying, Australia took control of its campaign with a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia. Iraq, coached by Brazilian soccer great Zico, put its World Cup campaign back on track with a 2-0 win at Singapore.

Asian powers Iran, Japan and South Korea faltered: Iran-Qatar, Japan-Uzbekistan and South Korea-Kuwait all end in 1-1 draws.

The United Arab Emirates fired coach Srecko Katanec of Slovenia after its 3-1 loss to Lebanon. UAE has almost no chance of advancing after two losses.

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so that everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Win cash in one day fantasy football contests. Join now!

    Learn how to play

    Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
    Premier League £300 Saturday 80/340 £1 £300 Tomorrow 3:00 PM Enter
    Premier League £250 Saturday 13/57 £5 £250 Tomorrow 3:00 PM Enter
    PL £1 Learn To Play [No Risk] 52/150 £1 £180 Tomorrow 3:00 PM Enter