As FIFA World Cup qualifying finished its main phase in Europe, the two sections of the Americas also played out their final group matches to confirm the remaining two spots (and playoff entrants) across the two continents.
C/Rica 0-2 Canada, Honduras 1-1 Jamaica, Mexico 3-1 USA
One final spot was up for grabs in the CONCACAF section, with Mexico and the United States already having the top two places sewn up at the weekend. Jamaica went into the matches tonight in the driving seat, but being held to a draw wasn’t good enough as Canada consigned Costa Rica to finishing bottom and booked their place at a first World Cup since 1986.
Jamaica finished 4th and will enter the four-continent playoffs phase.
Chile 3-3 Bolivia, Ecuador 1-1 Colombia, and
Uruguay 1-0 Peru, Venezuala 2-2 Paraguay
Before tonight, the top three positions were held by Argentina, Chile, and Colombia, who all knew they would be at next summer’s tournament and the race was between Uruqguay and Paraguay for the final automatic spot. With Uruguay the only side on the continent to win, they booked their trip to Brazil and Paraguay will have to face a two-leg playoff.
World Cup Playoffs
- Jamaica v. New Zealand
- Paraguay v. Australia
The three nations that narrowly missed-out on automatic qualification from the CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and AFC (Asia) zones are joined by OFC (Oceania) group winners New Zealand for a pair of two-leg playoffs, the two winners of which will qualify for Brazil. The matches will be played on 15/11 and 19/11, the same days as the UEFA (Europe) playoffs.
Elsewhere, the CAF (Africa) zone plays the second legs of its final stage playoffs on the 15/11 to confirm their five entrants at next summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil.
2014 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
BRAZIL ENGLAND CANADA Ivory Coast/Ghana BELGIUM SPAIN ARGENTINA Tunisia/Morocco ITALY IRAN CHILE Bulgaria/Sweden GERMANY JAPAN COLOMBIA France/Croatia NETHERLANDS SOUTH KOREA URUGUAY Slovakia/Poland NORWAY SAUDI ARABIA Algeria/SAfrica Switzerland/Russia PORTUGAL MEXICO Cameroon/Guinea Jamaica/N.Zealand BOSNIA & H. UNITED STATES Egypt/Senegal Paraguay/Australia