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Pav, Younes into Euro finals

Posted on 11 October 2011  - 12:00

Roman Pavlyuchenko's Russia and Younes Kaboul's France qualified for the Euro 2012 finals on Tuesday night.

Roman Pavlyuchenko's Russia and Younes Kaboul's France qualified for the Euro 2012 finals on Tuesday night.

Striker Roman was on target as Russia, as expected, convincingly beat minnows Andorra 6-0 to top Group B.

Younes was an unused substitute as France came from behind to secure the point they needed against Bosnia-Herzegovina to take the honours in Group D.

Russia only needed a point in Moscow to secure top spot and their place in Poland/Ukraine next summer and took just five minutes to settle any nagging doubts when Alan Dzagoev opened the scoring.

'Pav' hit the third goal for Dick Advocaat's team on the half-hour and there was no room for slip-ups as the Republic of Ireland beat Armenia to finish just two points adrift.

Younes played in two of France's qualifying matches including Friday's win against Albania but had to settle for a place on the bench in the make-or-break final match against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Needing a win to leapfrog into first, Bosnia-Herzegovina shocked the Stade de France by opening the scoring through Manchester City's Edin Dzeko. However, Samir Nasri won and then converted a 78th-minute penalty to secure the point France required to go through to the finals.

Meanwhile, Rafa van der Vaart played the full 90 minutes as Holland's 100 per cent winning record in qualification was ended at the 10th and final attempt when they were beaten 3-2 by Sweden in Solna.

Russia, France, Greece, Denmark and best runners-up Sweden secured the last five automatic places for the finals on Tuesday night.

Co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, Spain, Holland, Germany, Italy and England had already qualified.

Those 12 teams will be joined by the winners of the four play-offs in November.

The play-offs will involve Turkey, the Republic of Ireland, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Portugal and the Czech Republic. The play-off draw is on Thursday.