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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

Roundup: France snaps Spain’s 24-match win streak

Substitute Olivier Giroud ended Spain’s 24-match winning streak in qualifiers, scoring on the final push for France to draw, 1-1, Tuesday in Madrid in Group 1 qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Spain reserve Juanfran Torres gave away possession in midfield, allowing Franck Ribery to cross for Giroud to head beyond goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the fourth minute of added time in the match.

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‘‘If I had just kicked the ball off the field there, the game would have ended there,’’ Torres said.

The world champions had led through Sergio Ramos’s 25th-minute header and were on the verge of being up, 2-0, in the 41st, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saved Cesc Fabregas’s penalty.

Spain didn’t win a qualifier for the first time since 2007, and is now only ahead of France on goal difference.

Germany 4, Sweden 4 — Sweden staged an amazing comeback to earn a draw with Germany, scoring four goals in the final half-hour in a Group C match in Berlin.

Miroslav Klose scored two early goals and Germany dominated for an hour before Sweden came back.

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Sweden’s coach Erik Hamren called his team’s comeback ‘‘historical.’’

The draw left Germany with three wins and a draw — and its players at a loss of words to explain their collapse. Sweden has two wins and one draw, with a game in hand.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mikael Lustig, and Johan Elmander scored before Rasmus Elm snatched the point with a goal two minutes into injury time.

Portugal 1, Northern Ireland 1 — A late equalizer by Helder Postiga earned Portugal a draw against Northern Ireland in a Group F game, avoiding an upset as Cristiano Ronaldo racked up his 100th international appearance.

Postiga rescued his team with his 23d international goal in the 79th minute.

Honduras 8, Canada 1 — Canada dropped out of the top two in its group in North and Central America and the Caribbean with its loss to Honduras in San Pedro Sula. Honduras. which led, 4-0, after 25 minutes, got three goals each from Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson and Carlo Costly. Honduras advanced from Group C along with Panama.

Italy 3, Denmark 1 — In Milan, the Italians opened a four-point lead in Group B despite playing most of the second half with 10 men. Mario Balotelli scored and helped set up another goal in his first match with Italy since Euro 2012. Azzuri forward Pablo Osvaldo was sent off 16 seconds into the second half for a reckless elbow into Denmark midfielder Nicolai Stokholm’s face.

Argentina 2, Chile 1 — Lionel Messi scored his third goal in a four-day span that has yielded six points for the host Argentinians, keeping them atop the South America standings.

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England and Poland’s match in Warsaw was postponed because of a waterlogged field.

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