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La Roja will get a chance to distance themselves at the top of Group I on Friday when they host last placed Finland.
On the brink of his 100th appearance for Spain, Sergio Ramos would love to welcome that milestone with a victory over Finland on Friday. The Real Madrid defender could and most likely will become the eighth Spanish player to reach 100 appearances for Spain, and he would also become the youngest player to reach 100 caps, beating out Germany's Lukas Podolski by 21 days.
Vicente Del Bosque's side is first in their group, even with France on seven points from three matches. The only points both sides dropped was against each other in a 1-1 draw.
Currently enjoying an 18 match unbeaten run which stretches back to November of 2011, Spain should be able to add another victory to that remarkable streak on Friday against a Finland side that will struggle to keep the European Champions at bay.
The United States and Honduras will kick off the next phase of World Cup Qualifying in San Pedro Sula on Wednesday.
The Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula will be electric on Wednesday as Honduras will play host to the United States in the first match of their Hexagonal. Top three teams in the group will get an automatic spot at the World Cup in 2014, held in Brazil, while the fourth placed team will have to play a two-leg elimination with the winner of the Oceania Confederation.
With Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama rounding out the group, the Americans will be expected to qualify. United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann will also be expecting his side to make it out of this six team bracket.
Los Albicelestes will be looking to extend their lead at the summit of the South American World Cup qualifiers in a tricky visit to Santiago.
Argentina will be hoping to defend competition leadership when they travel to Santiago to take on a beleaguered Chile in what promises to be a hotly-contested South American World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Alejandro Sabella's side come into the clash in sensational form after having thrashed South American champions Uruguay 3-0 in a one-sided River Plate derby in Mendoza on Friday.
In that game, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi put on a marvellous display, as he guided Los Albicelestes to victory with two goals, with the other goal coming from attacking partner Sergio Aguero.
Messi, Falcao and Caicedo guided their respective national teams to victory in Friday's round of South American World Cup qualifying.
Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador took a giant step closer towards the 2014 World Cup after obtaining important victories in their respective South American World Cup qualifiers on Friday.
The same could not be said for Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile, who suffered disappointing away defeats against much superior rivals.
Meanwhile, the only draw of the round came in the game between general misfits Bolivia and Peru.
Venezuela, the only South American team to have never qualified for the World Cup, didn't participate in round eight, due to a bye.
Argentina lead the nine-team ladder, with 17 points from eight games, and are followed by Colombia and Ecuador, both with 16.
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Los Albicelestes will be hoping to take a step closer towards Brazil 2014 against the South American champions.
Argentina and Uruguay, two star-studded sides, clash in what promises to be a mouth-watering South American World Cup qualifier in Mendoza, Argentina, on Friday.
The latest edition of the traditional River Plate derby brings together numerous household names, with the likes of World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and many more.
Argentina, who lead the South American World Cup qualifiers, come into the game as the favourites, and will be hoping to obtain another victory that would steer them closer towards Brazil 2014.
Exciting Soccer Matches Include USA Battling Antigua & Barbuda and Messi’s Argentina Taking on Uruguay
beIN SPORT, the new 24-hour international sports network, has an exciting slate of live, exclusive coverage of World Cup qualifying soccer in the Americas this Friday, Oct. 12. The schedule features the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team versus Antigua & Barbuda from Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua as part of the CONCACAF tournament.
Also on tap for soccer fans is complete coverage of the CONMEBOL South American World Cup qualifying tournament, highlighted by soccer superstar Lionel Messi leading Argentina against Uruguay. Games will be televised on both beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Español.
Peru vs Argentina airs live in various countries around the world tonight. See where to watch this South American World Cup qualifying match live.
Argentina secured a vital victory at home to Paraguay last Friday. The Albiceleste’s attacking line lived up to expectations. Angel Di Mari put the Argentines on the right track as early as inside the third minute.
Jonathan Fabbro equalized for Paraguay from the penalty spot after 17 minutes but Gonzalo Higuain restored the hosts’ advantage on the half-hour mark. Lionel Messi cemented his nation’s win with a sumptuous free-kick 30 minutes from time.
With this victory, the Albiceleste rocketed to the very top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table. The Argentines will be hoping to pounce on Peru’s inferiority this Tuesday. The Peruvians seat outside of the qualification zone with only six points from six games.
Only two points separate Chile from Colombia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Both teams will be eager to claim victory on Tuesday.
Colombia pulled off a resounding 4-0 victory over reigning Copa America champions Uruguay last Friday. Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao offered the Colombians a brilliant start with a goal after only two minutes. The Uruguayans managed to keep the deficit at 1-0 at the break.
However, a quick brace from Teofilo Gutierrez inside the first five minutes of the second period ended the hopes of La Celeste Olimpica. Adding the icing on the cake was Juan Camilo Zuniga with a 90th minute strike to make it 4-0 for Colombia. Los Cafeteros will be looking to climb above Chile when both teams meet at the Estadio Monumental David Arellano in Santiago this Tuesday.
Wounded Uruguay take on Ecuador in Montevideo four days after the South American World Cup qualifiers produced fabulous goals and interesting results.
The Uruguayans remain in the safe zone even after last week’s dreadful defeat to Colombia. They are sandwiched in fourth position against Los Cafeteros and La Tri. In terms of statistics, there is no reason for the 2011 Copa America champions to panic. Coach Oscar Tabarez is hoping from a positive response from his men on Tuesday as he told FIFA.com:
“The only thing we can do to forget this defeat is overcome Ecuador [on Tuesday].”
The question is whether Uruguay can recover from Friday’s shocking loss, their only one in the South American World Cup qualifiers so far. They will be playing on home soil where they have managed 10 points from a possible 12 since the start of the campaign. It is in Montevideo that La Celeste Olimpica defeated Bolivia, Chile and Peru with no less than four goals in each game.
An impressive Euro 2012 has Portuguese fans hopeful that the Selecao das Quinas can confirm their spot in World Cup 2014. Portugal got their World Cup qualification campaign off to a questionable start in Luxembourg, but they managed the victory nonetheless.
On Tuesday, Paulo Bento's side will have a chance to make up for a lackluster and below par performance against Luxembourg. The Estadio Axa will welcome both teams in a match that will have the hosts down as overwhelming favorites.
Watch Lionel Messi’s Argentina, Copa America champions Uruguay and other CONMEBOL nations in action as the South American World Cup qualifying campaign resumes this Friday, September 7, 2012.
Argentina vs Paraguay
Three-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi will honour the colours of the Argentine flag this Friday as the Albiceleste take on Paraguay in a crunch South American World Cup qualifier.
La Pulga will be eager to add more to his three-goal tally in the World Cup qualifying campaign. He will be aided by Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain in attack. Argentina are third in the table while Paraguay are three places off the intercontinental play-off zone.
The Paraguayans have an uphill task as the Argentines possess an unbeaten record on home soil in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Find out if Paraguay can pull an upset this Friday. See where to watch this match live:
Costa Rica vs Mexico airs live from the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose on Telemundo. Kick-off time for viewers in USA is 19:30 EST.
Eight players from the Mexican squad that clinched gold at the London 2012 Olympics have been called up by Jose Manuel de la Torre. The coach will demand a positive attitude from his side after the defeat to the United States last month.
Chicharito is set to play a major role for Mexico against Costa Rica. The Manchester United striker did not take part in El Tri’s Olympic triumph this summer due to fitness reasons. He will be aiming for a great return to competitive football with the national team.
Mexico’s third most capped international, Gerrardo Torrado of Cruz Azul, could add one more cap to the 135 he currently has. One year after defeating Costa Rica 4-1 in the Gold Cup, El Tri are poised to claim another victory.
beIN Sport is the first TV network to televise every South American 2014 World Cup qualifying game; coverage starts this Friay (September 7).
Previously Only Accessible on Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit TV, New International Sports Network is Showing Each Game Live. beIN SPORT, the new independent 24-hour global network dedicated to live and exclusive coverage of the world’s best international sports, begins its complete coverage of the South American World Cup qualifiers this Friday. beIN SPORT is the first sports network to carry every game of the CONMEBOL qualifying round and each game will be carried live.
In contrast to previous years, when games of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying tournament could only be seen on pay-per-view or closed-circuit television, beIN SPORT’s programming is available to millions of subscribers to the nation’s largest satellite and cable TV distributors – including DIRECTV, DISH and Comcast, among others.
The place to watch Jamaica vs USA live on September 7 is beIN Sport 1. A month after claiming a historic victory over Mexico in Azteca, it is time for the Americans to focus on reaching the 2014 World Cup.
The world’s 33rd best nation, USA, will show up for this World Cup qualifier as a wounded team. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is under pressure to find a winning formula without Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley. These two experienced players have been plagued by injuries and are out of the Jamaica match.
Ahead of Friday’s crucial international fixture away to Jamaica, things do not look good for the United States in terms of team news. The wisdom of Jurgen Klinsmann as a manager will be put to the test.
“I think there will never be a game where you have everybody 100 percent on board. It's just the way soccer works,” Klinsmann told the press this week.
Almost three months after experiencing a quarter-final heartbreak in the hands of Euro 2012 runners-up Italy, England will face Moldova. Their World Cup qualifying campaign begins on Friday, September 7.
In the absence of the injured Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney, the pressure will be on Jermaine Defoe to find the goals. The Tottenham Hotspur player is set to play with Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck upfront. Another player who is expected to make a difference in the attacking department is Daniel Sturridge.
England will play to score and win but Jermaine Defoe is predicting a rather tight game. “At this level, every game is difficult. [Moldova] will make it hard and sit behind the ball and try to frustrate us,” Defoe told reporters.
Moldova are 137th in the FIFA World Rankings; in other words, 129 places below England. Despite the immense gap between the two countries, Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that Moldova’s inferiority will not decrease England’s will to strike. The Arsenal youngster told the press ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifying match:
Friday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at home to Turkey marks and all-new phase for the Netherlands. The men to watch are coach Louis van Gaal and in-form striker Robin van Persie.
As of now, Rafael van der Vaart has no place in the national team. The ex-Spurs player who scored a rocket against Portugal at Euro 2012 is not part of Van Gaal’s plans. This situation prompted the player to tell De Telegraaf this week:
“I am fully match fit and really wanted to be part of the team for the match against Turkey. It's very disappointing that I was excluded from the squad.”
Louis van Gaal has also chosen Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to be the team’s main striker. However, this will not take the spotlight away from Robin van Persie come Friday.
The AC Milan veteran believes that it would be a mistake for Colombia to take Peru lightly when the teams meet in Lima on Sunday.
Mario Yepes is well aware of Peru's potential, and admitted that Colombia face a stiff test when they travel to the Peruvian capital to take on the hosts on Sunday.
"Our rivals are very difficult, direct [rivals], we know them from the Copa America , they are a strong team, we respect them and we will try to play our best game possible," stated the experienced Milan defender.
Colombia, then-coached by Hernan Dario Gomez, were beaten 2-0 by Peru in the quarter-finals of the Copa America which was staged in Argentina last year.
The Barcelona superstar admitted that it is a further motivation for Argentina to play against Ecuador at a sold out stadium.
Argentina captain Lionel Messi affirmed to the press that he is looking forward to Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Ecuador at River Plate's Estadio Monumental, not only because much is at stake but because they will be urged forward by a full house.
"I didn't know that it was all full. It makes me very happy because the last time [against Bolivia] it wasn't like that," declared Messi during a pre-game press conference.
"It is good that we are all united for these games, which are very important for the national team," he added.
Chile's national team coach understands the importance of picking up a positive result from the altitude of La Paz.
Claudio Borghi, the Argentine coach of Chile, admitted that his team will be pressured to return home with at least a point from their visit to Bolivia on Saturday.
Chile, who have been rather inconsistent in the World Cup qualifiers so far, face a daunting challenge in the high altitude of La Paz, and will have to overcome this factor to pick up a positive result.
"The pressure to win is always there. Right now we aren't using our calculators, but we know that earning the points as visitors will be very important," Borghi affirmed to the press.
The Inter Milan striker played down the fact that Uruguay come into their World Cup qualifier against Venezuela as the odds on favourites.
Diego Forlan believes that Venezuela are not easy beats any longer, and that Uruguay will have to be at their very best to overcome their rivals in Saturday's World Cup qualifier in Montevideo.
"Since I have been part of the national team, to play against Venezuela was never easy; Venezuelan soccer has progressed heaps, and today they have players who play in good leagues of Europe, Mexico and South America," stated the Inter Milan striker.
"We know that all of the rivals are complicated in the World Cup qualifiers, but the Venezuelans have grown immensely over the years," he admitted to reporters during a pre-game press conference.