The biggest upset of the night occurred in Copenhagen where Denmark – 5-2 victors over Romania on Saturday – came back to earth with a bump, losing 2-0 at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Denmark coach Morten Olsen accepted the blame for his side’sdefeat.
“Our defeat was my fault,” Olsen said.
“I didn’t manage to produce the right lineup and it is also the coach’s error if the players aren’t motivated in the right way. We were not well prepared physically or mentally.”
Bosnia coach Blaz Sliskovic was understandably elated.
“This is a big surprise for us. I could not have imagined a better result,” he said.
The most high-profile of the night’s qualifiers was played at Sunderland where England hosted Group 7 leaders Turkey.
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson gambled by including17-year0old Wayne Rooney in his starting eleven,, but the youngster fully vindicated the Erikson’s decision.
“He’s very strong and very mature for a 17-year-old and he showed that today,” Eriksson said.
“I can’t see any reason why I should leave him out if he plays like that.”
Lithuania coach Algimantas Liubinskas was satisfied coach after his side maintained their momentum following their shock draw in Germany by beating Scotland 1-0.
“I have only had a very short time with the team but we have made a very big jump,” he said.
“I am very pleased.”
Scotland’s German coach Berti Vogts described Lithuania’s win as ‘very, very lucky”.
France coach Jacques Santini was unhappy with his side’s perfortmance, despite the 2-1 win over Israel maintaining their 100 per cent start to the qualifying campaign.
“It was a lacklustre performance on our part,” he said.
Israel coach Avraham Grant, meanwhile, was happy with the efforts of his players.
“I’m proud of my players even if we have not been paid back for our efforts,” he said.
The Czech Republic coach Karel Brckner praised his players after their comprehensive 4-0 win over Austria. .
“They went for the win from the first minute,” he said.
“Pavel Nedved was outstanding, if I had to choose one player. But the whole team were today’s winners.”
The Czechs share top spot in Group 3 with Holland who struggled to overcome a resilient Moldova side.
“We did not play well at all at the beginning ofthe match, but thankfully it all ended happily,” admitted coach Dick Advocaat.
“My players clearly had a mentality problem.”
Spain maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign, overcoming Armenia 3-0. Coach Inaki Saez said: “Armenia created problems for us. It is always a good sign if you can win when you aren’t playing that well.”
Croatia coach Otto Baric was pleased with his side’s 2-0 victory in Group 8 against Andorra, but he admitted that his side should have scored more on the night.
“We should have scored at least two more against a team of Andorra’s quality,” he said.
“I’m happy with three points but I’m also aware that there is still room for improvement.”