A fight in a downtown park between English soccer fans and Poles left nine people injured yesterday, hours before the two nations played to a 0-0 draw in a crucial qualifying game for the 2000 European Championships.
England's chances for qualifying are quite slim. If Poland beats or ties already qualified Sweden on Oct. 9, then England will not advance to the 16-team championship.
Police imposed tight security near Legia Stadium, keeping people without tickets several hundreds yards from the entrance and patrolling streets in vehicles and on horses.
The fight involving a few dozen people in Saski Garden injured nine English fans, who were taken to a Warsaw hospital, police spokesman Dariusz Janas said. He said no figures were available for the Poles because they had fled when police arrived.
In another report, four English fans were beaten and robbed by a gang of Poles, police spokesman Leszek Zmuda told the Polish news agency PAP.
Norway 4, Slovenia 0: Norway earned its first berth in the European championship, scoring twice in the first 17 minutes of the match off corner kicks from Bent Skammelsrud. Erik Hoftun scored first at the 16-minute mark and Steffen Iversen scored again a minute later.
Denmark 3, Italy 2: Denmark rallied to defeat Italy and is now tied with the Italians atop Group A.
Germany 4, Northern Ireland 0: Christian Ziege scored three goals and added an assist to lead Germany.
France 3, Armenia 2: The defending World Cup champions rallied from a 1-0 deficit.
Romania 1, Portugal 1: Portugal scored on Madeira Figo's penalty kick in the 45th minute to earn a draw. Romania needed a victory to advance.
Spain 8, Cyprus 0: Spain scored five times in the first 42 minutes to rout Cyprus and advance to the finals.
Sweden 1, Luxembourg 0: Niclas Alexanderrson scored the game's only goal to lead Sweden into the finals.