Spain, Germany, England find scoring form

By Steve Douglas

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 3:05 p.m. MDT

England's captain Wayne Rooney, second left, celebrates his second goal with Aaron Lennon, left, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, third left, during their World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match against San Marino at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday Oct. 12, 2012.

Tom Hevezi, Associated Press

LONDON — Spain, Germany and England recorded big victories on Friday as Europe's top teams found their scoring form in World Cup qualifying.

Pedro Rodriguez scored a hat trick in Spain's 4-0 win at Belarus and Marco Reus and Toni Kroos grabbed braces as Germany thrashed Ireland 6-1, also away from home.

England's 5-0 win over a San Marino team that is joint bottom of the FIFA rankings was routine, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice in his first competitive international as captain, while Italy beat Armenia 3-1 away and the Netherlands was a comfortable 3-0 winner over Andorra.

However, Euro 2012 semifinalist Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, couldn't make the most of its dominance against Russia and lost 1-0 in a match between the top two teams in Group F.

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