Euro 2012 round-up: Germany open up eight-point lead

Miroslav Klose puts Germany in front against Kazakhstan
It was a comfortable win for Germany after Miroslav Klose's early goal

Germany defeated Kazakhstan 4-0 in Kaiserslautern on Saturday to open up an eight-point lead at the top of Euro 2012 qualfying Group A.

Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose both scored twice as their team made it five straight victories in qualifying.

Croatia conceded a late goal as they lost 1-0 in Georgia in Group F.

Group H leaders Norway struck late in their tie with Denmark to draw 1-1, while in Group B Russia were held by Armenia.

Russia have now taken 10 points from five matches in what is shaping up to be a very tight group.

Slovakia are currently top of the table, ahead of Russia and then the Republic of Ireland, although all three teams have the same amount of points.

Eric Huseklepp collected a through ball and slotted his strike beyond Thomas Sorensen to cancel out Dennis Rommedahl's volleyed opener and extend Norway's lead in Group H.

Egil Olsen's team are three points clear of both Portugal and Denmark in what looks to be a three-way battle for qualification.

Slaven Bilic's Croatia conceded an 89th-minute goal scored by Levan Kobiashvili, which combined with Vasilis Torosidis striking five minutes into stoppage time to hand Greece a 1-0 win in Malta saw a change at the top of Group F.

Greece have 11 points, one clear of Croatia, two above Georgia and four ahead of Israel, who defeated Latvia 2-1.

Germany are now eight points clear of both Belgium and Austria after another dominant performance.

Klose scored for the sixth straight international, striking from close range after three minutes and again two minutes from the end.

Mueller, the top scorer at the 2010 World Cup, found the net twice after the break with both goals set up by Mesut Ozil.

"It was hugely important to carry that moment of the World Cup into this competition and we have done that," said Mueller, whose team finished third in South Africa.

"It was not always easy or beautiful to see for the fans with their defending but we did our job well."

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