Ukraine & Portugal reach the play-offs; Spain hit five in Bosnia; Italy edge Cyprus; Slovakia qualify in the snow; France win

Portugal 4 – Malta 0 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Carlos Queiroz’s side saw off Malta and qualified for the play-offs. Nani got the ball rolling with a fine long range effort, Simao continued his recent good goal scoring run with the second on the stroke of half-time. Miguel Veloso added the third after the break and Edinho claimed the fourth in the 90th minute.

Bosnia-Herzegovina 2 – Spain 5 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Spain took control of the match against Bosnia Herzegovina with two goals in the 12th and 13th minute. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique headed home the opener and David Silva nutmegged the keeper for the second. Alvaro Negredo confirmed his predatory skills with goals on 50 minutes and 55 minutes to double Spain’s lead at the start of the second half. Juan Mata added the fifth before the Wolfsburg pair of Dzeko and Misimovic scored consolations for the home side.

Italy 3 – Cyprus 2 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Yiannis Okkas put Cyprus in front on 12 minutes and Chrysis Michael doubled the lead on 49 minutes. Gilardino was the hero for Italy with an incredible hat-trick which came in the final 12 minutes. The Fiorentina striker headed home the first on 78, added the second at the near post on 80 and in the 90th minute won the match from close range.

Poland 0 – Slovakia 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Slovakia produced a lacklustre performance in horrific weather conditions but an own goal by Polish defender Seweryn Gancarczyk in the third minute sent them through to their first ever World Cup. At the fulltime whistle Slovakia staged a pitch invasion to celebrate.

Andorra 0 – Ukraine 6 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Andriy Shevchenko settled the nerves just after the half hour, Oleg Gusev doubled the lead on the hour and an og from Antonio Lima nine minutes later put Ukraine in control. Three goals in as many minutes late on sealed the rout with Evgen Seleznov (the goal of the game), Yaroslav Rakytskyi and Andriy Yarmolenko on target.

Germany 1 – Finland 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Veteran striker Jonatan Johansson gave Finland a shock lead on ten minutes, Lukas Podolski spared Germany’s blushes with the equaliser in the final minute of the match.

France 3 – Austria 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) A diving header from Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema put Les Bleus in front, Thierry Henry doubled the lead from the penalty spot. Marc Janko pulled one back in the second half but Andre Pierre Gignac pulled out another cracking shot with his right foot for a late third.

Czech Republic 0 – Northern Ireland 0 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Northern Ireland finish fourth in Group Three.

Sweden 4 – Albania 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Defender Olof Mellberg set things off and netted twice in the first half for the Swedes, who have qualified for the last five international championships, but eventually had to settle for third place in the group.

Denmark 0 – Hungary 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Akos Buzsaky’s first-half goal gave Hungary a 1-0 victory over group winner Denmark.

San Marino 0 – Slovenia 3 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Milivoje Novakovic gave Slovenia a 24th-minute lead and goals from Dalibor Stevanovic and Marko Suler in the second period wrapped up a comfortable if not especially emphatic victory.

Romania 3 – Faroe Islands 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009)

Turkey 2 – Armenia 0 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Goals from Halil Altintop and Servet Cetin earned Turkey a 2-0 victory against Armenia.

Greece 2 – Luxembourg 1 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Two headed goals in three first-half minutes from Vasilis Torosidis and Theofanis Gekas, both from Giorgos Karagounis set-pieces, put the Greeks on their way. Ben Payal was dismissed in the 58th minute after picking up a second booking to complete a miserable night for the visitors, who grabbed a consolation goal when Avraam Papadopoulos turned a cross past his own keeper in the last minute.

Estonia 2 – Belgium 0 (World Cup qualifier, October 14, 2009) Estonia opened the scoring with a header from Raio Piiroja in the 30th minute after good work by Konstantin Vassiljev. Vassiljev then pounced on a cross from Joel Lindpere to make it 2-0 in the 67th minute.