Tuesday, September 10, 2013
WORLD CUP : Italy and Netherlands qualify for 2014 Finals in Brazil
Robin van Persie scored twice as the Dutch beat Andorra 2-0, and combined with Turkey's 2-0 win in Romania ensured that the Dutch side could not be overtaken at the top of Group D.
Italy just needed to beat the Czech Republic to qualify, and goals from Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Balotelli overturned an early Libor Kozak strike for a 2-1 Italian victory and qualification.
Elsewhere in Europe, Germany and Switzerland and Belgium are still unbeaten and now only need two points from their final two games to secure a place in Brazil.
LIKELY UEFA GROUP WINNERS :
Group A - Belgium (5 points ahead of Croatia)
Group B - Italy (confirmed)
Group C - Germany (5 points ahead of Sweden)
Group D - Netherlands (confirmed)
Group E - Switzerland (5 points ahead of Iceland)
Group F - Russia (1 point ahead of Portugal)
Group G - Bosnia-H (tied with Greece)
Group H - England (1 point ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro)
Group I - Spain (tied with France but played 1 game less)