UEFA 2014 World Cup qualifying recap: Sweden wins to keep hopes alive, Denmark crushed

Boris Streubel

Sweden's World Cup dreams are alive, but Denmark looks set to watch the tournament from their couches after a drubbing at the hands of Armenia.

Sweden and Denmark entered Tuesday's World Cup qualifiers both needing wins to keep their dreams of a trip to Brazil alive, but only one got what they were looking for. The other was just embarrassed.

Denmark 0-4 Armenia

The Danes were four points back of second place Bulgaria and eight points behind first place Group B, but they had a match in hand so they weren't dead yet.

Now they are.

Yura Movsisyan scored just 24 seconds in and Armenia were off. He added another and Arad Ozbiliz and Henrikh Mkhitaryan each scored as well to embarrass Denmark. Now the Danes have almost no shot at qualifying for Brazil, just like Armenia, but at least the Armenians showed up to play on Tuesday.

Sweden 2-0 Faroe Islands

Teams rarely get excited to beat the Faroe Islands, but with Sweden three points back of second place Austria in Group C of World Cup qualifying, any win would do and the Swedes were certainly happy to get a victory on Tuesday. Unsurprisingly, Sweden proved to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic and 10 other guys (eventually nine because Andrea Granqvist was sent off in the 79th minute) as he scored twice to lead the home side to three points and a tie for second place in the group.

Belarus 1-1 Finland

Teemu Pukki put Finland in front before the half-hour mark, but Smitri Verkhovsov rescued a point for Belarus five minutes from time. Unfortunately for both, it's unlikely to matter because Spain and France look set to claim the top two spots in Group I.

Follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter | Like SB Nation Soccer on Facebook

More in Soccer:

Mexico drab in yet another home draw

Video: Javier Mascherano kicks a medic

What’s the Stefan Jovetic fuss all about?

Transfer rumours from SB Nation and our team blogs

Full coverage of the NWSL

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.