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Mata gets better of Cech

Mata starred for Spain. (©PAphotos)
Mata starred for Spain. (©PAphotos).

Chelsea boasted no fewer than 16 players on senior international duty over the weekend as the road to qualification for Euro 2012 nears its end.

John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard all played their respective parts in ensuring England will be at the European Championships next summer, with a point in Montenegro enough to confirm qualification.

Spain have also qualified for the tournament in Ukraine and Poland and continued their 100 percent record with a 2-0 over Czech Republic on Friday.

Juan Mata scored past clubmate Petr Cech, while Fernando Torres contributed in the build up to the second goal.

Branislav Ivanovic scored for Serbia to keep their hopes of making the finals alive. They now travel to Slovenia on Tuesday seeking three points.

France need one point from their final group game against Bosnia and Herzegovina to finish top of Group D following a 3-0 win over Albania.

Florent Malouda was on the scoresheet for Les Bleus as they won comfortably in Paris.

For Portugal, Raul Meireles played for an hour in a thrilling 5-3 win over Iceland in Group H, which they top going into the final game against Denmark.

Holland are another team to have already qualified for the Euros, and Jeffrey Bruma played the full compliment in a 1-0 home win over Moldova.




 

Belgium still have a chance for qualifying via the playoffs, and Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois watched from the bench as they beat Kazakhstan 4-1.

Away from Europe, Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba featured for the Ivory Coast as the Elephants progressed to the Africa Cup of Nations with a perfect record.

Meanwhile, David Luiz played for Brazil against Costa Rica in a match which ended 1-0 thanks to a goal from Neymar.

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