Fifa World Cup Qualifying

  • 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...