World Cup 2010: Nordic roundup

footballA 1-0 Danish victory over their Nordic neighbours Sweden has left the Swedes in peril of failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup football finals in South Africa. Denmark won the hard-fought match at Rasunda Stadium, bringing them one step closer to making an appearance at next year’s global football competition.

Meanwhile Iceland’s 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands in Reykjavik means Holland are definitely through to South Africa next summer as they have not lost or drawn any qualifying game so far in Group Nine. Iceland’s task to beat Scotland into the second qualifying spot looks even harder from here on in.

Finland beat Liechtenstein 2-1 keeping them in the running for Group Six qualification.

It was 0-0 between FYR Macedonia and Norway, leaving the Norwegians bottom of Group Nine, but with a game in hand and qualification hopes still alive as they battle Macedonia, Iceland and Scotland for the spot. Scotland still look best-qualified with seven points.

The Faroe Islands were not in action on Saturday and have two games in hand.

The next round of matches in the qualifying race will take place this Wednesday evening.

Faroe Islands play host to Serbia, Finland will welcome Russia and Sweden will be at home to Malta. Meanwhile Iceland will visit FYR Macedonia and Norway go to the Netherlands. Denmark will not play a match.

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