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England, Germany win big in World Cup qualifying

England opened Group 6 World Cup qualifying with an easy 6-0 win over Belarus. (Photo Copyright Harjeet Johal for The Equalizer)

European qualifying for the 2015 Women’s World Cup is underway, and Saturday’s action featured a host of favorites in action.

England opened Group 6 play with an easy 6-0 win over Belarus, led by a Karen Carney hat trick in the first half. The Three Lionesses are currently under the direction of interim coach Brent Hills, who was an assistant under the departed Hope Powell.

With the seven group winners earning automatic qualification to Canada 2015 and the four best second place finishers advancing to a playoff, Russia will have to hope for second in Group 1 after a 9-0 whooping at the hands of favorites Germany. There is little doubt that Germany will win this group, but the lopsided loss for Russia is an eye-opener.

Sweden’s victory, however, was narrow — a 2-0 win over Poland to open Group 4. The Swedes relied on second half goals from Lotta Schelin and captain Caroline Seger.

Here’s a list of all the World Cup qualifying scores and upcoming fixtures.

Qualifying groups

Group 1: Germany, Russia, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia

Group 2: Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Group 3: Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Israel, Malta

Group 4: Sweden, Scotland, Poland, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands

Group 5: Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Albania

Group 6: England, Ukraine, Belarus, Wales, Turkey, Montenegro

Group 7: France, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan


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