Marco Reus scored the first goal across Europe this evening to put Germany on their way to the 3-2 win over Sweden in Köln that ensures they’ll be at next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Reus opened the scoring after just two and a half minutes, cutting in from the right wing and firing past Johan Wiland (below).
Kim Källström equalised five minutes later for Sweden, but Mario Gómez’s strike in first half stoppage time gave Germany the advantage at the break. Holger Badstuber headed home with ten minutes to play to book passage to Brazil, though Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruffled feathers late on with a goal two minutes from time.
Belgium 1-2 Croatia, Macedonia 0-2 Scotland, Wales 1-2 Serbia
Belgium had already qualified, but the race for second place goes down to the wire. Croatia and Serbia both sit on 14pts and a +3 goal difference, Wales are on 13pts, Scotland 12pts. Scotland host Serbia on Tuesday, while Wales host Belgium and Croatia host the point-less Macedonia.
Armenia 2-4 Italy, Czech Rep 5-0 Bulgaria, Malta 1-2 Denmark
Italy came from 2-0 down inside the opening half hour to win 4-2 in Armenia and book their place in Brazil. It’s a three-way race for second. Czech Republic (16pts) travel to Denmark (14pts) on Tuesday, while Bulgaria (16pts) host Armenia.
Austria 2-0 Faroe, Germany 3-2 Sweden, Ireland 4-0 Kaz’hstan
Germany are through after a 3-2 win in Köln, with the battle for second between Sweden and Austria being played out on Tuesday as they both face tricky away trips. Sweden have a point advantage, but with a trip to Ireland can’t afford a slip-up.
Andorra 1-2 Holland, Hungary 2-1 Turkey, Romania 1-0 Estonia
The Netherlands keep up their unbeaten qualifying record, despite going behind just after half-time in Andorra, however Wesley Sneijder’s brace turned it round for the Oranjes. Turkey are in pole position to make the playoffs, but hosting Netherlands on Tuesday, know that a defeat will give both Romania and Hungary the chance to pip them.
Albania 0-1 Cyprus, Iceland 3-2 Norway, Slovenia 2-1 Switz’land
It goes to the final match in Group 5, as the top two both lost away from home tonight. Norway will host Switzerland on Tuesday with the winners taking the flight to Brazil. A draw will see Switzerland qualify, and give Iceland the opportunity to beat Norway to second should they win in Cyprus.
Azerbaijan 0-1 N.Ire, Lux’bourg 2-5 Russia, Portugal 1-1 Israel
Portugal blew the chance to progress through to Brazil, and will be looking nervously over their shoulders at Russia who came from behind twice to win in Luxembourg, and will be thanking Alexandr Kerzhakov for his two late goals to close the gap in the goal difference. Going into Tuesday, Portugal have a 2pt lead and travel to Azerbaijan. Russia host Northern Ireland.
Greece 1-1 Lithuania, Liech’tein 0-3 Bosnia, Slovakia 4-0 Latvia
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s destiny is in their own hands to qualify for their first major tournament. They take a three point lead over second-place Slovakia into Tuesday’s trip to Lithuania. Slovakia can still mathematically progress, but will require a comprehensive win in Liechtenstein if Bosnia slip-up, though look like one of the strongest sides to make the playoffs.
England 4-1 S.Marino, Poland 3-2 M’negro, Ukraine 4-1 Moldova
England will qualify for next summer with any result other than a three-goal defeat by Ukraine in London on Tuesday night. Poland are third in the group and will be hoping for an England win to give them the opportunity to pip Slovakia to second with a positive result from their home match against Moldova.
Belarus 3-1 France, Finland 2-2 Georgia
France’s shock defeat in Belarus ensures that Spain win passage through to Brazil without kicking a ball tonight. France took a 25th minute lead, but three goals in fifteen minutes saw Belarus pile on the pressure in the race for second. Belarus host Spain on Tuesday, while France – a point ahead – host a Georgia side without a win in qualifying.
Final Qualifying Phase, First Leg:
- Algeria 2-0 South Africa
- Cameroon 1-2 Guinea
- Egypt 1-1 Senegal
- Ivory Coast 1-0 Ghana
- Tunisia 1-2 Morocco
Canada kept their hopes alive for making the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Honduras that all but killed the visitors chances of qualifying. The USA are through despite a goalless-draw at bottom-side Costa Rica. Mexico had already qualified but their defeat in Jamaica gave the hosts a point advantage over Canada going into Tuesday night.
- Canada 2-1 Honduras
- Costa Rica 0-0 United States
- Jamaica 2-1 Mexico
Argentina finished their qualifying campaign by coming from behind to win in Bolivia. They’ll be joined in Brazil by Colombia and Chile after both won tonight. Uruguay and Paraguay play each other on Tuesday night with the winners making automatic progress through to the World Cup. A draw will see Paraguay play Australia in a playoff.
- Bolivia 1-2 Argentina
- Colombia 3-2 Venezuala
- Paraguay 1-2 Chile
- Peru 1-1 Ecuador