Denmark sent England to its worst loss in 25 years, Zinedine Zidane scored in his return to France's national team and Russia's chances of qualifying for the World Cup were hurt with a tie at Latvia last night.

There were 15 World Cup qualifiers, but most of Europe's biggest nations played exhibition games.

Denmark beat England, 4-1, the first three-goal defeat for the English since they lost to Wales by the same score on May 17, 1980. Zidane scored in France's 3-0 victory over the Ivory Coast, Italy beat Ireland, 2-1, World Cup champion Brazil was held to a 1-1 tie at Croatia and World Cup host Germany rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 2-2 tie at the Netherlands.

At Mexico City, Jared Borgetti pushed Mexico (5-0-1) to the verge of the 2006 World Cup with a record 36th career goal for the national team. Francisco Fonseca had the other goal for Mexico in its 2-0 victory over Costa Rica (2-3-1).

At Guatemala City, Gonzalo Romero scored in the 92nd minute to give Guatemala (2-3-1) a 2-1 victory over Panama (0-4-2). Panama's Jorge Dely Valdes opened the scoring, but Carlos Ruiz tied the match for Guatemala before Romero's decisive goal.

At Copenhagen, Dennis Rommedahl, Jon Dahl Tomasson and Michael Gravgaard scored in a seven-minute span during the second half to give the Danes a 3-0 lead. Wayne Rooney got England's goal with two minutes left, and Soeren Larsen added a goal for Denmark.

"I am very sorry and angry about the second half. That was a disaster," England Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said.

"We came out in the second half, and it seems like it's a holiday. I am very sorry for the fans. I told [the players] that if we are going to play football like this we can forget the World Cup."

Zidane, who quit the French national team after the 2004 European Championship, volleyed in a cross from Sylvain Wiltord in the 63rd minute at Montpellier.