Dra­matic draws

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WORLD cham­pion Spain and fel­low Euro­pean heavy­weight Ger­many con­ceded late equalis­ers to end up with just a point apiece in their re­spec­tive 2014 World Cup home qualifiers. Spain were pegged back by a goal four min­utes into in­jury-time by Olivier Giroud as France erased mem­o­ries of their limp per­for­mance in their Euro 2012 quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat by the Span­ish to force a 1-1 draw in Madrid. It was the first time Spain had been de­nied vic­tory in 24 qual­i­fy­ing matches, a run that stretches back to 2007. The home side was left to rue a missed penalty by Cesc Fabre­gas on the stroke of half­time which would have put them 2-0 up. How­ever, if there is much sel­f­re­crim­i­na­tion to be done it will be by the Ger­mans, who some­how let slip a 4-0 lead over Swe­den. The resur­gent Swedes slot­ted four goals in the fi­nal half hour, Ras­mus Elm scor­ing the dra­matic equaliser in the third minute of in­jury time.

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