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Race to Finland back in focus

Qualifying resumes after the FIFA Women's World Cup and four of the European nations who competed in China are in action, including Denmark's first game.

UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying resumes this weekend after a break for the FIFA Women's World Cup and four of the five European nations that went to China are in action. uefa.com looks ahead to some important matches, with only the six group winners to qualify automatically for the finals in Finland. The remaining five places are decided by play-offs next autumn between the six runners-up and the four teams finishing third with the best record against the rest of the top four in their pool.

Group 1
Three teams are yet to drop a point and all are in action on Saturday afternoon. World Cup quarter-finalists England have won their only game against Northern Ireland and aim to keep up that run at home to Belarus. The Czech Republic lead with two victories and they welcome Spain, who defeated Belarus in their opener.

Group 2
Sweden are the sole World Cup contenders not in qualifying action again until next year, but with three wins and 16 unanswered goals, they are in a happy position. The Republic of Ireland are three points behind, and hope to make up that gap at home to Romania, who have drawn once and lost twice. Italy have lost to Sweden but beaten Ireland, and visit joint-bottom Hungary on Saturday before Wednesday's visit of Romania.

Group 3
Iceland lead France, who have a game in hand, by three points – both sides having lost once – but Les Bleues can move ahead of the team that defeated them in June as they go to Serbia on Saturday and Slovenia on Wednesday. Serbia, Slovenia and Greece all have three points from as many fixtures.

Group 4
Germany return from retaining the World Cup to a group they lead by five points having won all three of their games – something the team bidding for a fifth consecutive European title will aim to make four at home to Belgium on Sunday. The same day Wales, like Belgium yet to get off the mark, welcome Switzerland, who are level with the Netherlands on four points from three games. Belgium meet Wales on Wednesday and the following day Germany visit the Netherlands.

Group 5
World Cup contenders Denmark are the only team yet to start qualifying, something they rectify against Portugal on Saturday before a trip to Scotland on Wednesday. Slovakia, who are Scotland's hosts on Saturday, are in second but six points adrift of leaders Ukraine, victorious in their three games so far.

Group 6
There is only one game on Saturday but it could go some way towards deciding the group as 2005 runners-up Norway, who reached the World Cup semi-finals, take on Russia, with neither side having dropped a point.

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