Claudio Villa

UEFA 2014 World Cup qualifying: Belgium in brilliant position, Italy do just enough

Italy were less than impressive in a 0-0 draw against Czech Republic, but the point helps them. Thanks to Croatia's loss and their win, Belgium is close to a World Cup berth. Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ireland were among the other winners.

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England, Belgium profit on bad day for the Balkans

A bad night for Montenegro, Serbia, and Croatia saw Belgium and England among the teams to profit in the latest round of fixtures in the UEFA World Cup Qualifying.

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Postiga goal enough for Portugal to beat Russia

Portugal managed to just about scrape victory against Russia to end Fabio Capello's side's perfect run in the qualification campaign.

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Austria holds on to defeat Sweden

Johan Elmander scored late with a stunning chip to give Sweden a chance to earn a point, but they were unable to reverse Austria's two first half goals.

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Italy hold on for a point in Prague

Italy stalled in Prague, playing out a 0-0 draw against Czech Republic. Mario Balotelli was sent off after picking up two second half bookings.

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Portugal vs. Russia: Lineups

Nani only gets a place on the bench for Portugal, with Vierinha and Helder Postiga starting in attack, while Russia send out a defensive-looking team in Lisbon.

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Italy vs. Czech Republic: Lineups

Italy pick a typically narrow formation with Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy leading the line as they take on the Czech Republic.

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Belgium vs. Serbia: Lineups

Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas start for Belgium, while Ljubomir Fejsa comes in in midfield for Serbia.

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Montenegro soaring high, but face a tough match

Montenegro could all but clinch a spot in Brazil with a win on Friday evening, but face a tough opponent in the visiting Ukraine.

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Bosnia want to start packing for Brazil

Bosnia and Herzegovina currently top their Uefa qualifying group, and look to extend their lead over Greece with a win in Riga.

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Austria and Sweden face key battle in Vienna

Austria will look to take a big step in a remarkable qualification campaign if they can beat Sweden in Vienna on Friday night in a game that also has big implications for the Republic of Ireland.

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Portugal face must-win game against Russia

Portugal has an absolutely enormous game in Lisbon as they try to steady their wobbly qualification campaign against the undefeated Russians.

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Azzurri have Brazil in their sights

Italy fly out to Brazil for the Confederations Cup immediately after this World Cup Qualifier against the Czech Republic. However, victory in Prague will all but book Italy’s plane ticket back to Brazil for next summer’s World Cup Finals.

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