Scots upset France, Italy beat Ukraine

Paris, October 8 :

Scotland clinched a famous 1-0 win over World Cup finalists France on Saturday to thrillingly prove that there is more to British football than England.

Gary Caldwell grabbed the only goal in the Euro 2008 qualifying.

At Old Trafford, England laboured to a 0-0 draw with Macedonia. By the end of Saturday’s action, the only thing Scotland and England had in common was that both still lead their groups. In Group B, world champions Italy saw off Ukraine 2-0 in Rome.

Steve McClaren suffered his first setback as England coach as his team were held to a 0-0 draw by Macedonia in Group E.

Croatia warmed-up for Wednesday’s match with a 7-0 mauling of Andorra with Mladen Petric grabbing four goals.

Spain slumped to a 2-0 loss at the Group F leaders Sweden. Goals from Johan Elmander and Marcus Allback handed the hosts their third win in as many games.

Italy boosted their chances of qualifying for the finals with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Ukraine who were without talismanic striker Andriy Shevchenko. Massimo Oddo converted a 70th-minute penalty before Luca Toni added the second with 10 minutes left.

Another coach under the cosh Marco van Basten saw his Dutch side grab a 1-1 draw in Bulgaria. But they slipped to second in Group G on goals after Romania beat Belarus 3-1.

Wales slumped to their heaviest home defeat in almost a century when they lost 5-1 to Slovakia while, in the same Group D, the Czech Republic crushed San Marino 7-0 with Jan Koller and Milan Baros grabbing two goals apiece.

The Republic of Ireland, also in Group D, were thrashed 5-2 by Cyprus. In Group A, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal beat Azerbaijan 3-0 but Serbia are top after a 1-0 win over Belgium.