Sat 26.May 2012 09:07 Tanya Taylor,
Update on group standings for Euro 2013 qualifiers
Taken from UEFA:
While UEFA EURO 2012 is in full swing in June, the lineup for the women's finals in Sweden next summer will be starting to take shape, as the first qualifiers could be confirmed.

The group winners and best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed teams in the larger Groups 1, 2 and 3) when the sections finish in September progress to the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 final tournament from 10 to 28 July alongside hosts Sweden and the other six runners-up go to the play-offs for the remaining three places. looks at the games coming up in the seven sections.

Group 1
Italy coach Peitro Ghedin stepped down at the start of May to take over the Malta men's team but successor Antonio Cabrini inherits a fine legacy. With seven wins, including two against main rivals Russia, Italy are nine points clear and victory at home to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Turin on 16 June would book their finals place with two games to spare. Russia are now mainly trying to hold off Poland, two points behind, for second place, and they welcome Greece before travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina five days later. Poland will have been in Sarajevo prior to welcoming FYROM in their June games.

Group 2
Germany may unusually not have a perfect record having drawn 2-2 in Spain at the end of 2011 but their 5-0 home win against the same opposition in March, followed by a 6-0 triumph in Switzerland, leaves the holders three points clear of Ignacio Quereda's side with a superior head-to-head. The reigning champions have brought their fixture at home to Romania forward to 31 May, while on 16 June Spain go to Switzerland knowing a win could secure a top-two finish, and five days later Turkey visit Madrid.

Group 3
Just three points separate the top four with Belgium on 14, Iceland 13, Norway 12 and Northern Ireland 11. Both Iceland and Norway have a game in hand when they respectively welcome Hungary and Bulgaria on 16 June. Four days later Belgium visit Hungary and Norway hope to avenge their November defeat by Northern Ireland and the next day Iceland go to Bulgaria. Norway's September home games against Belgium and Iceland look like deciding what has been a fascinating group.

Group 4
This five-team section has a bit more one-sided with France having won all their six games to lie 11 points clear of Scotland, who have two matches in hand. France are not in action again until September with the Olympics currently their focus, but they will clinch the group on 16 June if Scotland drop points at home to Israel and the Republic of Ireland fail to beat Wales in Cork. Scotland are only one point ahead of Ireland having beaten them 2-1 in April, and on 21 June Cork is the venue as those sides meet again.

Group 5
Finland won home and away against Slovakia in their last fixtures and are the only unbeaten side. They are three points clear of Slovakia, who have played a game more, Belarus and Ukraine. On 16 June Ukraine and Finland, who met in the 2009 finals, face off in Chernigov while Belarus go to Estonia. Four days later it is Slovakia v Ukraine and Finland v Belarus, but the way this group has gone so far there is no guarantee anyone will have broken clear or fallen behind after those vital fixtures.

Group 6
Only two teams have ever looked in contention and on 17 June England welcome the Netherlands to Salford for the group decider. The Dutch, who were held 0-0 at home by England, are five points clear with two games left to the 2009 runners-up's three, and an away win would book the visitors' place in the finals, and a draw would make them hot favourites. Equally an England win would leave things in their hands, but like in Groups 2 and 7 this section is a leading contender to produce the best runners-up.

Group 7
Along with Italy and France, Denmark have a perfect record with five wins after a crucial 2-0 victory in the Czech Republic in April. Austria are second, two points behind Denmark and three ahead of the Czech Republic, but have played a game more. The Czech Republic welcome Austria on 16 June, knowing a win would give them the head-to-head advantage having drawn 1-1 last year in Vocklabruck, and four days later visit Vejle. If Austria do not beat the Czechs, Denmark would qualify by winning their game.

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