Saturday, March 23, 2013

European World Cup qualifiers

After a great round of World Cup qualifiers, the teams that will be going to Brazil next year begins to take form.
Two things are great about Denmark's great 3-0 away victory against the Czech Republic: firstly, Denmark returns as a contender for a spot in the 2014 World Cup. With a victory against Bulgaria next week, it will all look good again. Secondly, it happened without Nicklas Bendtner, who is suspended after another drunken incident, and clearly is not needed any longer on a renewed Danish team. Italy is leading the group.
Spain is still the world's greatest team, but their world cup defense has not started well, and they are starting to suffer from their lack of goals with enormous possession. After tying France at home, Spain tied Finland 1-1 at home, and they are forced to get a good result in Paris next week against France. I still cannot see how in the world Spain would not qualify.
In Group A Belgium and Croatia will be fighting for the first two spots after 2-0 victories over Macedona and Serbia respectively.
Montenegro got another away victory to Moldova to take a perhaps surprising first spot in group H ahead of England, Ukraine and Poland. But England won a historic 8-0 victory against San Marino, and can take first spot if they win against Montenegro next week.
Germany won 3-0 over Kazakhstan and is cruising its way to Brazil. The same is the case of the Netherlands who took its fifth victory in five games defeating Estonia 3-0 in group D, where Hungary and Romania are fighting for second and third spot ahead of Turkey, who is barely hanging on.

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