World Cup Qualifiers

  • Scotland win ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament 01-02-2014 01:07 PM

    Christchurch: Scotland captain Preston Mommsen made an unbeaten 139 on Saturday to set up a 41-run win over the United Arab Emirates in the final of the International Cricket Council's World Cup qualifying tournament. Scotland made 285 for 5 batting first in Saturday's final and Swapnil Patel not out on...
  • ICC World Cup Qualifier: Smit steers Namibia to win over Kenya 17-01-2014 02:18 PM

    Wellington: An all-round effort from 18-year-old JJ Smit saw Namibia record a nail-biting two wicket victory over Kenya on day four of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in windy conditions at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Friday. After restricting Kenya to 186 for eight, Namibia chased down the total with...
  • Uruguay book place at 2014 World Cup finals 21-11-2013 08:21 AM

    MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay sealed their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals after a goalless draw at home to Jordan in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday saw them advance 5-0 on aggregate. Uruguay, the last of the 32 teams to book their place at the finals in...
  • Peralta hat-trick guides Mexico to World Cup 20-11-2013 02:25 PM

    Oribe Peralta bagged a first-half hat-trick to help Mexico book their passage to the 2014 World Cup finals with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff at Wellington Regional Stadium on Wednesday. The CONCACAF heavyweights, who were fortunate to sneak into the playoff,...
  • Watch: All the goals from Tuesday's football World Cup Qualifiers 20-11-2013 10:02 AM

    A sublime second-half hat-trick by Cristiano Ronaldo took Portugal to the World Cup finals, while France made a stunning comeback to beat Ukraine 3-0 and book their ticket to Brazil as well. Croatia hit top gear at crunch time to beat Iceland 2-0 in the return leg which helped them...
  • Stunning turnaround takes France to World Cup 20-11-2013 08:36 AM

    Paris: France reached the World Cup against the odds after beating Ukraine 3-0 on Tuesday, overturning a first-leg deficit with a performance full of pride and confidence after most observers had written the team off. Backs to the wall after a 2-0 defeat last Friday, France started at a frenetic...
  • Ronaldo's hat-trick sends Portugal to World Cup 20-11-2013 08:22 AM

    The irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat-trick to send Portugal into the 2014 World Cup finals at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden on Tuesday, while France advanced by conjuring a remarkable turnaround against Ukraine. There was disappointment in the playoffs for Iceland, however, after the Nordic country failed...
  • Ghana through to World Cup, Egypt misses out 20-11-2013 12:12 AM

    Cairo: Ghana have qualified for the World Cup with a 7-3 aggregate win over Egypt in the playoffs to seize the fourth of five African places available at the finals. Egypt won Tuesday's second leg 2-1 in the first international in Cairo in two years, but Ghana progressed because of...
  • Portugal aren't a one-man team, says coach Bento 19-11-2013 08:41 AM

    Stockholm: If Sweden succeed in shackling Cristiano Ronaldo other players will step up and score, Portugal coach Paolo Bento said on the eve of the second leg of their World Cup playoff. Bento is confident his team, leading 1-0 from the first leg, can conjure goals from sources other than...
  • Portugal look to seal World Cup spot in Sweden 18-11-2013 12:01 PM

    Stockholm: Portugal are 1-0 up after the first leg of the World Cup playoff against Sweden but with the return match being held at a stadium dubbed the 'Zlatan Arena' the job is by no means done. Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic was relatively subdued in the first leg in Lisbon...
  • 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...
  • Cameroon beat Tunisia to qualify for World Cup 17-11-2013 10:03 PM

    Yaounde, Cameroon: Cameroon qualified for the World Cup with a 4-1 win over Tunisia in the second leg of their playoff on Sunday. Cameroon won by the same score on aggregate after the teams drew 0-0 in the first leg in Tunisia. Pierre Webo scored after four minutes for Cameroon...
  • 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...
  • Nigeria first African team to qualify for Football World Cup 16-11-2013 11:43 PM

    CALABAR: Nigeria qualified for the World Cup on Saturday, continuing an outstanding year for the team after it won the African title for the first time in nearly a decade. Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo puts Portugal in sight of World Cup 16-11-2013 08:22 AM

    London: Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a showdown of superstar forwards Friday, sending Portugal past Sweden 1-0 in a World Cup playoff. France's hopes of qualifying took a big hit with a 2-0 loss in Ukraine. Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring touch from Real Madrid to the international stage,...
  • Sweden cannot rely on Ibrahimovic alone, says coach 15-11-2013 08:30 AM

    Lisbon: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be the match-winner in their World Cup playoff against Portugal if his team mates also rise to the challenge, coach Erik Hamren said on Thursday. He told a news conference on the eve of the first leg that it was hard to escape talking...
  • Mexico thrash New Zealand 5-1 in World Cup playoff 14-11-2013 08:49 AM

    Mexico thumped New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of their qualifying playoff on Wednesday to take a massive step towards a place in next year's World Cup finals. After scoring just three goals in their last four CONCACAF qualifiers at home, Mexico rediscovered their scoring touch as they outclassed...
  • It's not about me and Ronaldo, says Zlatan Ibrahimovic 14-11-2013 08:36 AM

    Stockholm: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed talk of his nation's World Cup playoff with Portugal in Lisbon on Friday being just a contest between him and Cristiano Ronaldo. "I see two different players, two players who do things fantastically well and represent their countries in the best possible way,"...
  • Fearless France looking to erase bad memories 14-11-2013 08:31 AM

    France need to play without fear in their World Cup playoff against Ukraine to avoid the fate that befell the team 20 years ago when a last-gasp home defeat by Bulgaria cost them a place at the 1994 finals. That was the last time France failed to qualify for a...
  • Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic: Only one man will play World Cup 14-11-2013 08:21 AM

    Two of world football's biggest names will meet Friday in the playoffs to determine Europe's final four World Cup qualifiers. Ever since last month's draw pitted Portugal against Sweden, the matchup has been billed as a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It will take something special to budge...
  • Uruguay thrash Jordan 5-0 to close in on World Cup place 13-11-2013 11:23 PM

    Amman: Twice champions Uruguay all but booked a place at next year's World Cup finals with a thumping 5-0 win away to outsiders Jordan in the first leg of their playoff on Wednesday. Maximiliano Pereira and Cristian Stuani scored first half goals for the visitors to stifle any chance of...
  • World Cup drama beckons despite Blatter's reservations 13-11-2013 11:22 PM

    London: FIFA president Sepp Blatter might want an end to the World Cup playoffs but the excitement, drama, tension, joy and despair they will generate over the next week are unrivalled in the two-year qualifying process. The final 11 spots for next year's finals in Brazil are about to be...
  • France must not be scared, says in-form Ribery 12-11-2013 08:35 AM

    Franck Ribery believes he is having the best year of his career and says France should not be scared by the prospect of their two-legged World Cup playoff against Ukraine. The 30-year-old Ribery, widely regarded as one of the main contenders for the FIFA Player of the Year award, is...
  • Lloris is fine after head injury scare, says Frace coach 12-11-2013 08:30 AM

    Paris: France captain Hugo Lloris, left out of Tottenham's Premier League match with Newcastle United at the weekend due to medical concerns, trained normally on Monday and should be available for Friday's World Cup playoff in Ukraine. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas was advised by his medical staff not to play...
  • Portugal face Sweden in World Cup playoff 21-10-2013 06:38 PM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal must beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden in a playoff to advance to the World Cup in Brazil. The two were drawn to face each other on Monday in a two-leg series scheduled for November 15 and 19. Also, France will play Ukraine, with the return...
  • Ronaldo, Portugal await World Cup playoff draw 20-10-2013 04:41 PM

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will find out Monday who they must beat in a playoff to reach the World Cup in Brazil. France and Franck Ribery would be the toughest possible test for the Portuguese as the in-form and highest-ranked of four unseeded nations in the draw at FIFA....
  • Japan football coach's job is safe for now 17-10-2013 11:58 AM

    Alberto Zaccheroni's job as Japan coach is not under threat ahead of next year's World Cup in Brazil despite the Asian champions' recent insipid performances, the country's soccer association said on Thursday. In June, the Blue Samurai became the first team to qualify for the finals but the Italian's position...
  • Croatia coach Igor Stimac fired 16-10-2013 10:46 PM

    Zagreb: Croatia coach Igor Stimac was fired on Wednesday following his team's 2-0 loss to Scotland in a World Cup qualifier. Croatian Football Federation president Davor Suker said Niko Kovac, a former Croatia midfielder and coach of the junior national team, will be Stimac's temporary replacement. Despite the loss against...
  • Poland fire coach Waldemar Fornalik after loss to England 16-10-2013 10:37 PM

    Warsaw: Poland coach Waldemar Fornalik was fired on Wednesday following his team's 2-0 loss to England in a World Cup qualifying match. Poland lost to England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, giving the English a spot in next year's tournament in Brazil. Poland lost their chance to qualify after losing...
  • Bulgaria look for positives from another campaign failure 16-10-2013 08:01 PM

    Sofia: Losing in Armenia was bad enough but a home defeat by the Czech Republic four days later gave Bulgaria the worst possible end to their World Cup qualifying campaign. They were second for most of the campaign but a 2-1 reverse against Armenia on Friday and 1-0 loss to...