Fifa World Cup Qualifiers

  • France out to avoid missing first World Cup in 20 years 18-11-2013 09:36 AM

    London: France needs an unprecedented comeback to avoid missing their first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 2-0. Two decades after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a shock...
  • Ivory Coast qualify for third straight World Cup 17-11-2013 10:19 AM

    Casablanca: Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after surviving a nervous finish to draw 1-1 with Senegal for a 4-2 aggregate win in the African playoffs on Saturday. Didier Drogba gave away the penalty that put Senegal one goal away from a major upset, but the veteran...
  • Lionel Messi to lead Argentina in final World Cup qualifier 28-09-2013 08:54 AM

    Buenos Aires: Famed Argentine footballer Lionel Messi will lead his national team in the final double-match of the South American Qualifying Tournament that will decide who goes to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, for which Argentina has already qualified. Argentina's Football Association (AFA) announced the partial line-up on Friday...
  • Colombia and Chile close in on World Cup qualification 07-09-2013 10:29 PM

    Baranquilla, Colombia: Colombia and Chile moved to the brink of qualification for next year's World Cup by winning key South American qualifiers on Friday, while Uruguay boosted their chances and Paraguay avoided elimination with a victory. Colombia won 1-0 at home against Ecuador and Chile completed a 3-0 home victory...
  • Portugal win, Italy draw in World Cup qualifying 08-06-2013 09:54 AM

    Portugal revived their World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Russia 1-0 while Mario Balotelli was red-carded for Italy in a 0-0 draw at the Czech Republic that put the four-time world champions closer to next year's finals. Helder Postiga's ninth-minute winner in Lisbon lifted the Portuguese from third to first...
  • Honda powers Japan to Brazil, S. Korea close in 05-06-2013 08:27 AM

    Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals after a last-gasp home draw against Australia on Tuesday, while arch-rivals South Korea also conjured up a late equaliser in Beirut to inch closer to a spot in Brazil. The 62,000-plus crowd at Saitama stadium survived anxious...
  • Suarez escapes punishment for alleged punch 09-05-2013 03:40 PM

    Uruguay forward Luis Suarez has escaped a sanction for allegedly punching an opponent during the World Cup qualifier against Chile, the country's football federation (AUF) said in a statement. Soccer's governing body FIFA opened an investigation after Argentine referee Nestor Pitana missed the incident which happened as Suarez tussled with...
  • Jordan deny Japan's bid to secure World Cup spot 27-03-2013 11:29 AM

    Amman: Jordan stunned Japan 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, denying the Asian power the chance to become the first team secure a berth in Brazil. Khalil Baniateyah headed home the opening goal from a corner just before half-time. After the break, Japan pressed for the equaliser that...
  • Reus brace guides Germany to 4-1 win over Kazakhstan 27-03-2013 08:45 AM

    Nuremberg: Marco Reus scored two goals to help Germany overcome Kazakhstan 4-1 in a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday that saw the visitors give the favorite some trouble in the second half. The win left Germany firmly in control of Group C in European qualifying, eight points ahead of...
  • Argentina stay on top despite 1-1 draw with Bolivia 27-03-2013 08:31 AM

    Bolivia: Lionel Messi didn't score but he still helped Argentina earn a valuable point in the thin air of La Paz on Tuesday in a 1-1 draw with Bolivia in South American World Cup qualifying. Marcelo Martins scored with a header in the 25th minute for Bolivia, while Argentina replied...
  • Montenegro hold England to an action-packed 1-1 draw 27-03-2013 08:19 AM

    Montenegro: Dejan Damjanovic scored a late equaliser as Montenegro held England to a 1-1 draw in an action-packed World Cup qualifier on Tuesday to maintain their two-point lead at the top of Group H. The result left Montenegro on 14 points and England on 12, with four qualifying rounds remaining...
  • Spain beat France 1-0 in World Cup qualifying 27-03-2013 08:04 AM

    Paris: Spain bounced back from their mini-slump and dismissed early talk of a decline by beating France 1-0 on Tuesday to return to the top of their World Cup qualifying group. Pedro Rodriguez bundled home the winner from close range as Spain moved one point ahead with three games now...
  • Robin van Persie scores twice in Dutch 4-0 win over Romania 27-03-2013 07:54 AM

    Amsterdam: Robin van Persie scored twice and set up a third goal to lead the Netherlands to an easy 4-0 win over Romania in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. It was a sixth straight win in as many qualifiers for the Dutch and gave Louis van Gaal's team a...
  • 'Chicharito' poses deadly threat to US defence 26-03-2013 02:04 PM

    Mexico City: US coach Juergen Klinsmann's motto for Tuesday's World Cup CONCACAF qualifier against Mexico has been "respect but not fear" but when it comes to dealing with striker Javier Hernandez, it is clear there is trepidation as well as admiration. Manchester United striker Hernandez is by far the most...
  • Lebanon still eyeing WC berth after rigging scandal 25-03-2013 04:07 PM

    After a tumultuous period during which a matchfixing scandal involving some of his players left him pondering his future, Lebanon coach Theo Bucker is back focusing on securing the country's first World Cup finals berth. Last month, the German coach said he had been left 'broken' after 24 players were...
  • Draxler out of Germany's WC qualifier against Kazakhstan 24-03-2013 10:35 AM

    Berlin: Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has been ruled out of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan while Sven Bender has joined the squad. The German football federation says tests on Saturday confirmed that the Schalke attacking midfielder suffered a concussion from a collision during Germany's 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in...
  • Spain defender Jordi Alba doubtful for France game 24-03-2013 10:19 AM

    Barcelona: Spain defender Jordi Alba is in doubt for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against France after injuring a muscle in his right leg. Barcelona say the left back has returned to the club for further tests, the results of which will be known on Sunday. Alba injured his leg during...
  • World Cup qualifiers: Americans beat Costa Rica 1-0 in storm 24-03-2013 10:03 AM

    Commerce City: Soft snow started falling, and then kept getting heavier as the night progressed. From the start of Friday's World Cup qualifier, the lines on the field were covered. As the game wore on, even the Americans in their white home uniforms became hard to see. And then in...
  • Peru beat Chile 1-0 in World Cup qualifying 24-03-2013 09:27 AM

    Lima: Peru appear out of contention for next year's World Cup in Brazil, despite claiming a late 1-0 win over Chile in qualifying on Friday. FC Schalke winger Jefferson Farfan finally broke a scoreless deadlock for Peru in the 86th minute to give the team a much-needed boost up the...