World Cup Soccer
       === Germany, Spain held on last-second goals in WC qualifying ===
 Berlin,  Germany (Sports Network) - Rasmus Elm scored on the final play of the
 game Tuesday as Sweden completed a remarkable four-goal rally to draw Germany,
 4-4, at Olympic Stadium in UEFA qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
 Across the continent, defending World Cup and two-time defending Euro champion
 Spain was also stunned by a last-second goal at home, as Olivier Giroud headed
 in the tying goal on the final play to give France a 1-1 draw in Madrid.
 Sweden stole some of the spotlight from the marquee match in Spain, as it came
 back from four goals down after the hour mark against Germany.
 Miroslav Klose had a pair of goals inside 15 minutes to up his career total to
 67, one shy of Gerd Muller for the most in German history, and Per Mertesacker
 added his first on the international level in the 39th.
 Mesut Ozil added a fourth in the 56th minute, but Sweden started its rally six
 minutes later when Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed inside the left post.
 Mikael Lustig slipped a shot just inside the right post off Germany goalkeeper
 Manuel Neuer two minutes later, and Johan Elmander cut the deficit to one goal
 in the 76th with a finish to the bottom-right corner.
 Sweden almost tied the game five minutes from time when Neuer spilled the ball
 on the  edge of the area only to be bailed out when Tobias Sana missed an open
 net, but Elm was not as kind in stoppage time.
 Elm was in the  right place when a cross deflected off Mertesacker and fell to
 him in the middle of the area, and he converted from 12 yards to stun Germany.
 Germany still leads Group C with 10 points, but has played one more match than
 Sweden, which is three points back in second place.
 Ireland is  third in Group C on six  points after a 4-1 victory over the Faroe
 Islands, and Austria used a Marc Janko brace to thump Kazakhstan, 4-0, for its
 first win.
 Spain  also maintained the top place in Group I, but only on goal differential
 over France. Spain and France are both on seven points after three matches.
 Sergio Ramos put  Spain ahead in the 25th when he scored from close range, and
 after Jeremy Menez had a goal called back for a questionable offside call, the
 hosts earned a PK for a chance to put the French away.
 French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved the penalty from Cesc Fabregas in the 41st
 to keep the  deficit at one, and the  equalizer  came at the death when Franck
 Ribery sent a cross to Giroud, who headed from 12 yards to the right post.
 Spain had won its last 24 qualifying matches.
 Also in Group I, Renan Bressan and Stanislav Dragun scored as Belarus defeated
 Georgia, 2-0, for its first qualifying win.
 Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi scored four minutes apart in the first
 half and Mario Balotelli added a third after halftime as Italy stayed unbeaten
 with a 3-1 win over Denmark in Group B.
 Italy has  three wins and a draw from four fixtures to build a four-point lead
 over Bulgaria, which settled for a 0-0 draw against the Czech Republic.
 In  Group A, Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany scored two minutes apart in
 the second half as Belgium defeated Scotland, 2-0, Mario Mandzukic and Eduardo
 scored as Croatia beat Wales, 2-0, and Macedonia edged Serbia, 1-0.
 In Group D, Rafael  Van der Vaart and Robin  Van Persie were among the scorers
 as the Netherlands opened a three-point lead with a commanding 4-1 win against
 previously unbeaten Romania, Hungary remained within three of the Dutch with a
 3-1 win over Turkey, and Estonia edged Andorra, 1-0.
 In Group E, Tranquillo Barnetta and Mario Gavranovic scored as Switzerland was
 able to  maintain a three-point lead atop the standings with a 2-0 win against
 Iceland, Norway scored two late goals to defeat Cyprus, 3-1, and Albania edged
 Slovenia, 1-0.
 In Group F, Roman Shirokov converted a penalty six minutes from time as Russia
 maintained  its perfect qualifying mark with a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan to stay
 atop the group, Portugal needed a 79th-minute goal from Helder Postiga to draw
 Northern Ireland, 1-1, at home, and Tomer Hemad scored twice as Israel toppled
 Luxembourg, 3-0.
 In  Group  G, Vedad Ibisevic, Edin Dzeko  and Miralem Pjanic scored as Bosnia-
 Herzegovina defeated Lithuania, 3-0, to remain even on 10 points at the top of
 the group  with  Greece, which used a goal from Dimitris Salpingidis to defeat
 Slovakia, 1-0. Latvia beat Liechtenstein, 2-0, in the group's other match.
 In Group H, England and Poland were postponed until Wednesday because of heavy
 rain and a waterlogged pitch, Dejan Damjanovic scored to give Montenegro a 1-0
 win over Ukraine, and Moldova defeated San Marino, 2-0.
 10/16 17:47:19 ET

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