The Czech Republic, which finished second behind Germany four years ago, became the first team to qualify for the Euro 2000 championship.

The Czechs rallied to beat Scotland, 3-2, yesterday on a header by Jan Koller in the 87th minute.

Italy, which needed a win to become the second team to qualify -- besides automatic qualifiers Belgium and the Netherlands -- played Switzerland to a scoreless tie.

World Cup champion France continued to confound. The French edged Andorra, 1-0, in Barcelona on a penalty kick by Frank Leboeuf in the 85th minute after Jose Manuel Garcia Luena was called for a handball. France played with 10 men for more than an hour after Christophe Dugarry was sent off.

The win keeps France in qualifying contention, moving the team into second place in Group 4 behind Ukraine.

England's chances of reaching the final 16 next year received a severe setback with a 1-1 tie in Bulgaria.

ARGENTINA 2, MEXICO 2: Argentina and Mexico battled to a tie in a friendly before 64,433, the largest crowd ever to see a soccer match at Chicago's Soldier Field. Julio Cruz and Gustavo Lopez tallied for Argentina; Luis Hernandez and Paulo Chavez scored for Mexico. Argentina faces the United States Sunday at RFK Stadium.

CAPTION: Alain Boghossian, left, hugs Frank Leboeuf, whose penalty kick gave France a 1-0 win over Andorra.