LONDON (Sporting Alert) — England, Russia, Portugal and Spain were all winners on Friday, while the Netherlands and France were among the teams held in their FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

A double from Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck and one each from captain Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert, who has now scored two goals in two appearances for the national team, guided England to a comfortable 4-0 win over Moldova.

Victory saw Roy Hodgson’s side moving ahead of Montenegro to the top of the European Group H standings. Montenegro played to a 1-1 draw in Poland.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hattrick and Portugal eased past Northern Ireland 4-2, while Russia, on a brace from Aleksandr Kokorin, hammered Luxembourg 4-1 at home.

World champions Spain beat Finland 2-0 with Jordi Alba and Alvaro Negredo getting the goals.

Meanwhile, Manchester United forward Robin van Persie scored a late penalty deep into stoppage for the Netherlands to take a point in Estonia, after Konstantin Vassiljev scored twice for the home side.

Georgia held the mighty France 0-0 on a disappointing night for the visitors, who saw Spain extend their lead at the top of the standings.


WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group A 
FT ‘ FYR Macedonia 2 vs 1 Wales
FT ‘ Serbia 1 vs 1 Croatia
FT ‘ Scotland 0 vs 2 Belgium
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group B 
FT ‘ Czech Republic 1 vs 2 Armenia
FT ‘ Malta 1 vs 2 Denmark
FT ‘ Italy 1 vs 0 Bulgaria
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group C 
FT ‘ Kazakhstan 2 vs 1 Faroe Islandes
FT ‘ Germany 3 vs 0 Austria
FT ‘ Ireland 1 vs 2 Sweden
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group D
FT ‘ Romania 3 vs 0 Hungary
FT ‘ Turkey 5 vs 0 Andorra
FT ‘ Estonia 2 vs 2 Netherlands
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group E
FT ‘ Norway 2 vs 0 Cyprus
FT ‘ Slovenia 1 vs 0 Albania
FT ‘ Switzerland 4 vs 4 Iceland
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group F 
FT ‘ Russia 4 vs 1 Luxembourg
FT ‘ Northern Ireland 2 vs 4 Portugal
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group G 
FT ‘ Latvia 2 vs 1 Lithuania
FT ‘ Bosnia Herzegovina 0 vs 1 Slovakia
FT ‘ Liechtenstein 0 vs 1 Greece
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group H
FT ‘ Ukraine 9 vs 0 San Marino
FT ‘ Poland 1 vs 1 Montenegro
FT ‘ England 4 vs 0 Moldova
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group I
FT ‘ Georgia 0 vs 0 France
FT ‘ Finland 0 vs 2 Spain

Just like James, Jeff works hard at providing the best possible news and reports for football fans. Some of his work includes getting starting lineups and scores in England and around Europe.

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