Robin van Persie grabbed an impressive brace against Andorra to make Netherlands the first European national team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Dutch entered their game on Tuesday topping their group of Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Estonia and Andorra with 19 points. Two goals in four minutes from Robin van Persie confirmed Netherlands place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup with two games to spare.
Italy followed suit to become the second European national team to qualify for the tournament. A Mario Balotelli spot kick gave Italy a 2-1 victory over Czech Republic after Libor Kozak’s strike early in the game had been cancelled by Giorgio Chiellini.
Italy lead the group now on 20 points, seven ahead of second placed Bulgaria with just two games to go.
Germany are still on point to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after defeating Faroe Islands 3-0 away. Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil and new club mate Mertesacker were on the score sheet for Germany with Muller grabbing the third goal.
Germany lead their group by 22 points with second placed Sweden on 17 points.
England face an unpredictable task in qualifying after recording a disappointing draw against Ukraine to lead by a single point with just two games to go.
Roy Hodgson’s side would have to beat Montenegro and Robert Lewandowski’s Poland at Wembley to qualify straight away to the FIFA tournament.
€100 million Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale has no business in showing up in Brazil for the World Cup after Wale went bottom of their group with a 3-0 defeat to Serbia. Belgium lead that group with 22 points, 5 points ahead of Croatia.
Brazil sent another warning after already beating Spain to win the Confederations Cup by emerging victorious over Portugal in a friendly.
Neymar continued his excellent performance for his country grabbing Brazil’s second goal in a game that ended 3-1 in Felipe Scolari’s side’s favour. Cristiano Ronaldo did not participate in the game with Bruno Alves filling in the role as captain for Portugal.