Scott Heavey

UEFA 2014 World Cup qualifying: Belgium, Germany and Switzerland all advance

Belgium downed Croatia in Europe's big early game, sealing their place in the World Cup finals, and both Germany and Switzerland were hot on their heels as UEFA qualification beings to wrap up.

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Spain squeeze past Belarus

Spain took their time to break down a resolute Belarus side with two second-half goals from Xavi and Alvaro Negredo in World Cup qualifying.

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Portugal stunned by Israel

Once again, it looks like Portugal will have to go through a playoff to make a major tournament.

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UEFA World Cup qualifying wrap: The end is near

Several teams claimed automatic qualifying spots for next summer's World Cup while others secured spots in the playoff round.

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Germany cruise against Ireland

The Germans are heading to the World Cup, while Ireland's hopes of securing a playoff spot were dashed.

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England, Townsend, cruise past Montenegro

Roy Hodgson's England needed a strong performance to have much hope of reaching next year's World Cup finals, and they delivered with a 4-1 win against Montenegro. Another win (against Poland) will see them through.

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Switzerland qualify for Brazil 2014

Switzerland's 2-1 win in Albania this evening has guaranteed their place at Brazil 2014.

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Germany qualify for 2014 World Cup

Germany have booked their place at the 2014 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland.

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van Persie makes history as Netherlands win 8-1

The Netherlands have celebrated their qualification to next year's World Cup with a fantastic victory over Hungary.

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Russia thump Luxembourg with ease

Russia got a routine victory against Luxembourg as they put four goals past the minnows in the UEFA World Cup Qualifying stages.

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Bendtner and the Danes foiled by Aquilani

In a vacuum, a home draw against Italy is a decent result. In Denmark's current situation, it's a setback.

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Lukaku fires Belgium past Croatia

The Belgians are in the World Cup thanks to Romelu Lukaku, while Croatia will have to go through a playoff to make the finals.

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Belgium seal Brazil 2014 qualification

Belgium's win against Croatia has seen them confirm their place at next summer's World Cup -- their first major tournament in over a decade.

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England vs. Montenegro: Lineups

Andros Townsend starts in place of James Milner for England, while Jack Wilshere is dropped as expected in favour of a Steven Gerrard-Frank Lampard central midfield.

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England face must-win clash against Montenegro

England will need two wins to round off their qualifying campaign and secure their spot in the World Cup, starting with Montenegro at Wembley.

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UEFA zone in the homestretch

Who else can and who is most likely to qualify.

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Danes looking to keep World Cup hopes alive

Italy may have already qualified for next year's finals, but will still provide a stern test for Denmark.

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A wounded Germany can clinch the group with a win

Germany look to wrap up their spot in next summer's World Cup with a result against the Irish.

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Belgium only need a draw against Croatia

Belgium need only a draw away in Croatia to guarantee World Cup qualification, with the hosts needing a win for any chance of avoiding the playoffs.

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The Netherlands' work isn't quite done yet

The Netherlands may already have World Cup qualification confirmed, though they've still got important FIFA ranking points to fight for.

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Both Ukraine and Poland still in contention

Poland hop over the border to play neighbours Ukraine on Friday, with both sides still in contention for World Cup qualification.

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Russia need three points against Luxembourg

Russia need to just keep winning to secure their place in next summer's World Cup.

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Spain look to sweep aside Belarus

Spain need a win over Belarus to leave themselves only needing a point from their final qualifier to claim their spot in next summer's World Cup.

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Portugal look to keep pressure on Russia

Depending on results elsewhere, Portugal can leapfrog Russia with a win at home to Israel on Friday night.

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Greece need a win against Slovakia

Slovakia are out of the running for Brazil, but hosts Greece need maximum points if they hope to overtake Bosnia and bypass the playoff round.

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