England thrashed Moldova away 5-0, the kind of scoreline England believes they run up all the time, but according to this:


And many of the minnows put up a decent fight; Luxembourg gave Portugal a brief scare until the inevitable comeback. And Faroe Islands only lost 3-0 to Germany in Hanover after a spirited performance and more than a few chances in the first half, with some sloppy defensive passes and more than one error from the Germans.

Italy 2-2 Bulgaria may have thrown Cesare Prandelli for a loop, except for the traditional Italian ‘slow start’ to tournament qualifying. The Netherlands scraped up a 2-0 win over Turkey, apparently a close-ish match for a while. And Belgium proved all the football smarty-pants right in beating Wales, although interestingly enough in a team with Fellaini and Hazard the goals came from defenders Jan Vertonghen and Vincent Kompany.

Rather unfortunate for Canada: Honduras currently leads Cuba 2-0. If the result holds, the two nations will be tied on points in their group.