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Football: France Trounces Cyprus 5-0 in Euro 2004 Qualifier - 2003-09-07


Defending champion France, Italy and England have all scored wins, while Iceland held Germany to a scoreless draw in Euro 2004 football (soccer) championship qualifying matches.

France scored a 5-0 win over Cyprus while Italy defeated Wales 4-0. Playing in Reykjavik, Iceland held 2002 World Cup runner up Germany scoreless. Iceland, which has one more match to play, has 13 points, while Germany has 12.

Germany plays Scotland on Wednesday and then hosts Iceland Oct. 11 in what could be the decisive match for the winner of the group. Only the group winner gains automatic qualification for the European Championship next year in Portugal.

Meanwhile in Skopje, Wayne Rooney made history with a second half goal and David Beckham scored the game winner to lead England to a 2-1 win over Macedonia. Rooney, at 17 years and 317 days, is the youngest man ever to score for England. Sweden scored a 5-0 win over San Marino. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice for Sweden as the Swedes extended their unbeaten streak in qualifiers to 24 matches. The win also solidified Sweden's place atop Group 4.

In Group 2, Romania defeated Luxembourg, 4-0 while the Czech Republic downed Belarus, 3-1, in Group-3. Scotland scored a 3-1 win over the Faeroe Islands in Group-5.

Greece beat Armenia in Group 6, 1-0, thanks to a goal late in the first half from Zissis Vryzas. It was the Greeks' fifth consecutive victory and gave Greece the lead in the group. Also in Group-6, Northern Ireland and Ukraine played to a scoreless draw.

In other matches, Bulgaria defeated Estonia, 2-0 while Azerbaijan lost to Finland, 2-1. Ireland played Russia to a 1-1 draw while Georgia downed Albania, 3-0 in Group-10.