Another round of the FIFA World Cup Qualification stage came to an end on September 10. It was another exciting round of international football where teams gave their best to book a place for the FIFA World Cup 2014. While some matches went on as expected, there were some matches where big teams were toppled and the matched took a different turn. We bring to you the major FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Results of this round that was held between Sep 6 and Sep 10.
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Results: Sep 6 to Sep 10
Belgium maintained its lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 victory over Scotland whereas the second placed Croatia drew 1-1 against Serbia. The other results saw Serbia and Scotland recording victories over Wales and Macedonia respectively. However, these results have no impact on Belgium and Croatia, with 22 and 17 points respectively who play their matches in October.
Italy are through to the FIFA World Cup finals for the 18th time with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Czech Republic. However, the second spot is still up for grab as Denmark recorded a 1-0 victory over Armenia that moves the Danes just a point behind Bulgaria who are placed second with 13 points.
Germany continued their unbeaten run in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as they notched up 3-0 victories over Austria and Faroe Islands. The Germans sit comfortably at the top of table with 22 points. Sweden also took a major step towards the play-off stage after beating Kazakhstan thanks to a first minute strike by Zlatan Ibrahimovich. They now lead third ranked Austria by 3 points.
In group D, the 2010 runners up Netherlands advanced to Brazil through a brace from their star striker Robin Van Persie, defeating Andorra. However, the battle for the second spot became highly interesting a Romania defeated the second ranked Hungary 3-0. Hungary still occupy the second spot but they are just one point ahead of Romania and Turkey who recorded two wins in two matches.
The Swiss took a giant step towards Brazil by putting in a composed display to beat Norway in Oslo, after they drew with Iceland in a high scoring 4-4 draw earlier. They now have a healthy 5 point lead over second ranked Iceland. Which team will take the second spot will be interesting to see as Iceland, Slovenia, Norway and Albania, all have a chance to take the second spot.
It was Russia who took the top spot after beating Israel 3-1 in a well composed display. Russia now have only 1 point lead over Portugal but they are to play two bottom ranked teams, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg, in October. Unless there is an upset, Russia are set to qualify and it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo’s men will have to qualify through the play-offs.
Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece tied for the first spot and have a 7 point lead over next ranked Slovakia. Greece won both teir matched in this round while Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered a 1-0 defeat to Slovakia before beating the same team 2-1 in a reverse tie.
The biggest match of this round was a disappointment as England and Ukraine played out a 0-0 draw in Kiev. England thus, have a crucial 1 point lead over Ukraine and Poland, who kept their dream alive with a 5-1 win over San Marino. England play their remaining two matches at the Wembley stadium and that should be a huge bonus for them.
It was Franck Ribery who came to France’s rescue as the Les Bleus notched four goals after previously failing to hit the net in five matches. France were behind two times in the game and it was the Bayern star who scored on both occasions. Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba later added to the tally to give the French a somewhat flattering scoreline. The result moves France level with Spain, who did not feature on Tuesday but will play their last two encounters at home.
Jordan stunned Uzbekistan in a marathon penalty shootout to advance to the play-off stage of the World Cup. Jordan won the penalty shootout 9-8 after both teams finished at 1-1 after the end of second extra time. The match was marked by an 18-minute delay when the lights went at Pakhtakor Stadium. Jordan had earlier been held 1-1 at home last week against Uzbekistan and needed a marathon effort to win the away tie. Jordan now go into a two-legged tie against the South America’s fifth placed qualifiers – currently Uruguay – for their first-ever World Cup spot.
North, Central America and Caribbean
USA and Costa Rica became the first two teams from CONCACAF to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Brazil on Tuesday night. The Americans handed Mexico another 2-0 thumping in Ohio, while Costa Rica’s draw in Kingston against Jamaica was enough to send them through.Panama delivered a shock to hosts Honduras in the late game as a pair of goals from Gabriel Torres sealed a 2-2 draw in Tegucigalpa. This leaves Mexico in a tough position to qualify for the next year’s World Cup as they need to win their next match against Panama at all cost to have any chance of qualifying. The two teams play each other on October 11.
Lionel Messi scored twice as Argentina booked their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a 5-2 thrashing of Paraguay on Tuesday. However, second place Colombia missed their chance to clinch qualification after crashing 2-0 to Uruguay. Late goals from Edinson Cavani and Cristian Stuani handed the two-time FIFA World Cup winners a dramatic win at the Centenario Stadium as Colombia’s celebrations were halted. The Colombians needed only a point to be sure of clinching their first FIFA World Cup qualification since 1998. Colombia remain firmly on course to qualify however, requiring only a point from their final two fixtures to reach Brazil.
It was a third consecutive victory for Uruguay which left them level on 22 points with fourth placed Ecuador, who drew 1-1 with Bolivia. Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay will fight it out for the direct qualification for Brazil when they play the next qualification round from October 11 to October 15.
Ethiopia, Cape Verde Islands, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Cameroon and Senegal qualified for the play-off stage after topping their respective groups. It was a sad ending to the 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa as they were knocked out by Ethiopia. Ethiopian national team lived up to its expectations beating the Central African Republic 2-1 in neutral Congo Brazzaville to secure a World Cup playoffs berth and deny the South Africans.
The 10 teams will now compete for 5 places for the FIFA World Cup 2014 The teams will be paired into five home-and-away ties. The matches will likely be played between 11-15 October and 15-19 November 2013. The five teams that win their respective ties will qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
This was a quick recap of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers results for the Sep 6 to Sep 10 round.With just one more round to go for the play-off stage, the intensity is set to increase when teams take field in the next round. Teams will fight hard for their places in the World Cup and hence the quality of football will also be even better.
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