England World Cup match rained out
- Published: 17 Oct 2012 at 04.06
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England's World Cup qualifier against Poland was postponed amid farcical scenes as the Warsaw stadium's retractable roof remained open during a downpour.
Rain lashed down for three hours yet the pitch remained open to the elements and the match had to be called off.The match will be replayed at 10pm Thailand time on Wednesday.France scored on the last play of the match to each a stunning 1-1 draw with heavily favoured Spain.The Republic of Ireland stayed in touch in World Cup qualifying Group C with a 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands.Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland side bounced back from Friday night's 6-1 home defeat to Germany in convincing style with Marc Wilson scoring his first international goal just after half-time before Jonathan Walters made it two.Arnbjorn Hansen pulled one back for the home side only for an own-goal from Pol Johannus Justinussen to restore the two-goal gap and Darren O’Dea also scored his first goal for Ireland late on to put a little gloss on the scoreline.Germany lost their 100 per cent record in stunning fashion after Sweden roared back from four goals down to draw 4-4 in a thriller.Miroslav Klose struck twice in the opening 15 minutes before defender Per Mertesacker made it 3-0 in a game watched by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.Klose's goals were his 66th and 67th in international football, taking him within one strike of the country's all-time leading scorer Gerd Mueller.Midfielder Mesut Ozil added a fourth goal 11 minutes after the break, chesting down a Thomas Mueller cross before firing a wicked shot past goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.Sweden captain Zlatan...
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