London:Kevin Kuranyi scored two goals to put Germany in control of its European Championship qualifying group after a 2-1 victory at the Czech Republic.
Nicolas Anelka kept France on course with the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Lithuania.
Israel held struggling England to a 0-0 draw and European champion Greece lost its lead and tumbled 4-1 to visiting Turkey.
In a meeting of two clubs level on points at the top of Group D, Germany moved three ahead of the Czechs as Kuranyi scored with two headers in Prague.
Milan Baros replied for the Czechs, who are now tied for second with Ireland, which edged Wales 1-0.
Not considered for last year's World Cup by France coach Raymond Domenech, Anelka scored a solo goal in the 73rd minute in Vilnius, dribbling through the middle and shooting in from outside the area.
The victory kept the World Cup runners-up level on points with Scotland at the top of Group B, while Ukraine moved ahead of idle Italy and into third place.
The Scots beat Georgia 2-1 at Hampden Park on Craig Beattie's 89th-minute goal and Ukraine posted a routine 2-0 victory at the Faeroe Islands with strikes by Volodymyr Yezerskiy (20th) and Oleg Gusiev (57th).