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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - South America (CONMEBOL)

    CONMEBOL Group Stage

    Group Matchday 12 FT Scores: November 15, 2016

    From FIFA.com and CONMEBOL.com

    Five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil are still sizzling as they retain top spot of CONMEBOL qualifying after a 2-0 win over two-time FIFA World Cup Top 8 finishers Peru inside Lima's Estadio Nacional.

    After a scoreless first half, Tite's Selecao turned up the heat in the second half.

    Palmeiras and future Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus scored his fourth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 58th minute and assisted on Beijing Guoan midfielder Renato Augusto's third goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 78th minute as Brazil won their sixth straight World Cup qualifying game and allowing only one goal during the streak with five clean sheets including their fourth straight shutout against the Incas.

    Meanwhile, two-time defending CONMEBOL Copa America champions and 1962 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Chile and 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Ecuador are tied for third.

    La Roja defeated two-time FIFA World Cup champions Uruguay 3-1 in Santiago.

    Uruguay drew first blood after 16 minutes as Barcelona livewire striker Luis Suarez connected with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani who tucked home his eighth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying.

    But it was all Chile from there.

    TSG Hoffenheim striker Eduardo Vargas headed in Jean Beausejour cross to pull Chile level at halftime tied at 1-1.

    The former Wigan Athletic and current Universidad de Chile winger/fullback had a second assist as Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez made it 2-1 t the hour mark.

    Sanchez scored his second of the game in the 76th minute to give Chile a 3-1 lead and take his CONMEBOL qualifying tally to five.

    Manchester City and Chilean captain goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had four saves including his penalty stop on Suarez after conceding the spot kick for tripping up Gaston Ramirez in the area in the 89th minute.

    As for El Tricolor, they pitched a 3-0 shutout on Venezuela in Quito.

    River Plate central defender Arturo Mina headed in a Miller Bolano cross in the 51st minute to give Ecuador a 1-0 lead.

    The Gremio striker also scored his second goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 83rd minute to make it 2-0 as Everton on loan from West Ham United forward Enner Valencia's fourth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying grabbed the assist.

    Valencia went on to score his fourth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying to seal the win in the 86th minute.

    Tenerife goalkeeper Dani Hernandez had six saves in a losing effort for Venezuela.

    Lionel Messi and two-time FIFA World Cup champions Argentina are in fifth sending 2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Colombia to sixth after a 3-0 victory in San Juan.

    The Barcelona and Argentina captain forward unleashed a free kick into the back of the net 10 minutes in to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. It is Messi's third goal in CONCACAF qualifying.

    Messi went on to have two assists on Atletico Mineiro striker Lucas Pratto's second goal of CONMEBOL qualifying with a 23rd minute header and Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder/winger Angel di Maria's second goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 83rd minute.

    Finally, three-time FIFA World Cup finalists Bolivia edged 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Paraguay 1-0 to escape the basement of CONMEBOL qualifying.

    La Verde had to play the final 30 minutes with 10 men as The Strongest defender Juan Gabriel Valverde was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

    Cerro Porteno goalkeeper Antony Silva held down the Albirroja fort with six saves, but AC Milan center-back Gustavo Gomez scored an own goal in the 78th minute to break Paraguay hearts.

    Bolivia 1:0 (0:0) Paraguay
    Ecuador 3:0 (0:0) Venezuela
    Argentina 3:0 (2:0) Colombia
    Chile 3:1 (1:1) Uruguay
    Peru 0:2 (0:0) Brazil
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - South America (CONMEBOL)

    CONMEBOL Group Stage

    Group Standings after Matchday 12

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    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Brazil 12 8 3 1 28 9 +19 27
    2 Uruguay 12 7 2 3 24 11 +13 23
    3 Ecuador 12 6 2 4 22 16 +6 20
    4 Chile 12 6 2 4 21 17 +4 20
    5 Argentina 12 5 4 3 14 12 +2 19
    6 Colombia 12 5 3 4 15 15 0 18
    7 Paraguay 12 4 3 5 11 17 −6 15
    8 Peru 12 4 2 6 18 20 −2 14
    9 Bolivia 12 2 1 9 10 31 −21 7
    10 Venezuela 12 1 2 9 14 29 −15 5
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

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    United States part ways with manager Jurgen Klinsmann after the USMNT loses the first two games in the 2018 Hex
    http://www.espnfc.com/united-states/...-national-team

    L.A. Galaxy and former USMNT head coach Bruce Arena to be Klinsmann's successor for a second USMNT stint
    http://www.espnfc.com/united-states/...for-us-sources
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    Meanwhile in non-2018 FIFA World Cup news, FIFA announced that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will expand to 48 teams
    http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/...--2863100.html
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    Meanwhile in non-2018 FIFA World Cup news, FIFA announced that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will expand to 48 teams
    http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/...--2863100.html

    There are going to be some 10-0 games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skowron View Post
    There are going to be some 10-0 games.
    And there's going to be a few 15-0 games as well.

    I understand FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the FIFA brass trying to give some more nations like Iceland some more exposure to major tournaments and expand the game even more, but a 48-team tournament waters down the qualifying process where countries like the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, England, etc. will not miss a FIFA World Cup again.

    If FIFA wants to expand the FIFA World Cup tournament, make it 40-teams instead of 48.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Oceania (OFC)

    News
    FIFA awarded Tahiti a 3–0 win as a result of the Solomon Islands fielding the ineligible player Henry Fa'arodo, after Tahiti had defeated the Solomon Islands 1–0. Henry Fa'arodo failed to serve a one-game ban after receiving two yellow cards in the 2016 OFC Nations Cup.
    http://www.fifa.com/governance/news/...d-2861299.html
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Oceania (OFC)

    OFC Third Round

    Group Matchday 3-4 Fixtures: March 23-28, 2017

    From FIFA.com and OceniaFootball.com

    Oceania moves into group matchdays 3 and 4 of OFC Third Round qualifying action.

    23 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Sir John Guise Stadium
    Port Moresby
    Papua New Guinea-Tahiti
    16:00

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Churchill Park
    Lautoka
    Fiji-New Zealand
    13:00

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Westpac Stadium
    Wellington
    New Zealand-Fiji
    19:35

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Stade Pater
    Papeete
    Tahiti-Papua New Guinea
    19:00
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Asia (AFC)

    AFC Third Round

    Group Matchday 6-7 Fixtures: March 23-28, 2017

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    AFC Third Round qualifying moves into the sixth and seventh matches as some teams are looking to move one step closer towards clinching their automatic spots with 2-3 matches to spare.

    23 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Helong Stadium
    Changsha
    China PR-Korea Republic
    19:35

    23 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Hang Jebat Stadium
    Malacca
    Syria-Uzbekistan
    20:00

    23 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Rajamangala National Stadium
    Bangkok
    Thailand-Saudi Arabia
    19:00

    23 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    PAS Stadium
    Tehran
    Iraq-Australia
    16:30

    23 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
    Al Ain City
    United Arab Emirates-Japan
    19:30

    23 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
    Doha
    Qatar-Iran
    19:00

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Sydney Football Stadium
    Sydney
    Australia-United Arab Emirates
    20:00

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Saitama Stadium 2002
    Saitama
    Japan-Thailand
    19:35

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Seoul World Cup Stadium
    Seoul
    Korea Republic-Syria
    20:00

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Azadi Stadium
    Tehran
    Iran-China PR
    16:30

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Bunyodkor Stadium
    Tashkent
    Uzbekistan-Qatar
    18:00

    28 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    King Abdullah Sports City Stadium
    Jeddah
    Saudi Arabia-Iraq
    20:30
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

    CONCACAF Fifth Round

    Group Matchday 3 and 4 Fixtures: March 24-28, 2017

    From FIFA.com and CONCACAF.com

    With new head coach Bruce Arena back with his second stint with the United States men's national association football/soccer team, the Americans would look to bounce back in the Hex after losing the first two games to Mexico and Costa Rica which saw Jurgen Klinsmann getting the pink slip.

    Will Honduras and Panama be the shots in the arm the Americans' need to get their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification back on track?

    Mexico and Costa Rica will duke it out in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca in a battle between #1 and #2 on Matchday 3.

    24 MAR 2017
    ROUND 5
    Hasely Crawford Stadium
    Port Of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago-Panama
    19:00

    24 MAR 2017
    ROUND 5
    Estadio Azteca
    Mexico City
    Mexico-Costa Rica
    19:50

    24 MAR 2017
    ROUND 5
    Avaya Stadium
    San Jose
    USA-Honduras
    19:50

    28 MAR 2017
    ROUND 5
    Francisco Morazan
    San Pedro Sula
    Honduras-Costa Rica
    15:00

    28 MAR 2017
    ROUND 5
    Hasely Crawford Stadium
    Port Of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago-Mexico
    19:00

    28 MAR 2017 - 21:05 Local time
    ROUND 5
    Estadio Rommel Fernandez
    Panama City
    Panama-USA
    21:05
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - South America (CONMEBOL)

    CONMEBOL Round-Robin

    Group Matchday 13 and 14 Fixtures: March 23-28, 2017

    From FIFA.com and CONMEBOL.com

    Brazil-Uruguay and Argentina-Chile are the feature matches in Matchday 13 in CONMEBOL qualifying.

    23 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Metropolitano Roberto Melendez
    Barranquilla
    Colombia-Bolivia
    15:30

    23 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Defensores del Chaco
    Asuncion
    Paraguay-Ecuador
    20:00

    23 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Estadio Centenario
    Montevideo
    Uruguay-Brazil
    20:00

    23 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Estadio Monumental de Maturin
    Maturin
    Venezuela-Peru
    19:30

    23 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    El Monumental - Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespuci
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina-Chile
    20:30

    28 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Hernando Siles
    La Paz
    Bolivia-Argentina
    16:00

    28 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa
    Quito
    Ecuador-Colombia
    16:00

    28 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Estadio Monumental David Arellano
    Santiago De Chile
    Chile-Venezuela
    19:00

    28 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Arena Corinthians
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil-Paraguay
    21:45

    28 MAR 2017
    ROUND 1
    Estadio Nacional
    Lima
    Peru-Uruguay
    21:15
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Europe (UEFA)

    UEFA First Round

    Group Matchday 5 Fixtures: March 24-26, 2017

    From FIFA.com and UEFA.com

    Another set of UEFA qualifying matches as they start their first FIFA World Cup qualifying matches of 2017.

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP I
    Antalya Arena
    Antalya
    Turkey-Finland
    20:00

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP D
    Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
    Tbilisi
    Georgia-Serbia
    21:00

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP D
    Aviva Stadium
    Dublin
    Republic of Ireland-Wales
    19:45

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP D
    Ernst Happel Stadium
    Vienna
    Austria-Moldova
    20:45

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP I
    Loro Borici Stadium
    Shkoder
    Kosovo-Iceland
    20:45

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP I
    Maksimir
    Zagreb
    Croatia-Ukraine
    20:45

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP G
    Rheinpark
    Vaduz
    Liechtenstein-FYR Macedonia
    20:45

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP G
    El Molinon
    Gijon
    Spain-Israel
    20:45

    24 MAR 2017
    GROUP G
    Renzo Barbera
    Palermo
    Italy-Albania
    20:45

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP H
    Neo GSP Stadium
    Nicosia
    Cyprus-Estonia
    19:00

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP H
    Bilino Polje
    Zenica
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Gibraltar
    18:00

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Friends Arena
    Solna
    Sweden-Belarus
    18:00

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Stade de Genève
    Geneva
    Switzerland-Latvia
    18:00

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Estadi Nacional
    Andorra La Vella
    Andorra-Faroe Islands
    18:00

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP B
    Estadio da Luz
    Lisbon
    Portugal-Hungary
    19:45

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Vasil Levski
    Sofia
    Bulgaria-Netherlands
    21:45

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP A
    Josy-Barthel
    Luxembourg
    Luxembourg-France
    20:45

    25 MAR 2017
    GROUP H
    Stade Roi Baudouin
    Brussels
    Belgium-Greece
    20:45

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP F
    Wembley Stadium
    London
    England-Lithuania
    17:00

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP C
    Tofig Bahramov Stadium
    Baku
    AzerbaijanGermany
    21:00

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP C
    San Marino Stadium
    Serravalle
    San Marino-Czech Republic
    18:00

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP E
    Republican Stadium
    Yerevan
    Armenia-Kazakhstan
    21:00

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP E
    Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium
    Cluj
    Romania-Denmark
    21:45

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP E
    Podgorica City Stadium
    Podgorica
    Montenegro-Poland
    20:45

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP F
    Hampden Park
    Glasgow
    Scotland-Slovenia
    19:45

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP F
    Ta'Qali National Stadium
    Ta'Qali
    Malta-Slovakia
    20:45

    26 MAR 2017
    GROUP C
    Windsor Park
    Belfast
    Northern Ireland-Norway
    19:45
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    If FIFA wants to expand the FIFA World Cup tournament, make it 40-teams instead of 48.
    I read a big discussion about that. The problem with 40 teams is:

    1. If you make 10 groups of 4 with 6 out of 10 second place teams advancing, some teams will finish playing and have to stick around for days for the other groups to finish to know who the best 6 second place teams will be. It's also harder to make the Knockout Rounds bracket when groups advance an unequal amount of teams.

    2. If you make 8 groups of 5, the Group Stage will take 2 more matchdays than with groups of 4. There will be games where one team had off the previous matchday and the other team didn't.

    CONMEBOL plays tomorrow, and Venezuela could be the first CONMEBOL team to be eliminated. 109 teams have a mathematical chance to qualify, although it isn't realistic for some teams like Thailand and San Marino. 209 teams played qualifiers (all FIFA members except for Indonesia and Zimbabwe who were banned), and 100 have been eliminated so far.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Asia (AFC)

    AFC Third Round

    Group Matchday 6 FT Scores: March 23, 2017

    From FIFA.com and The-AFC.com

    Group A
    Four-time FIFA World Cup finalists Iran bumped their lead in Group A after grabbing a 1-0 win over 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar in Doha.

    Persepolis center forward Mehdi Taremi scored his sixth goal of Asian qualifying as his 52nd minute strike was the only tally of the match.

    Iran has 14 points, four points ahead of 2002 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers South Korea with four matches remaining.

    The Taegeuk Warriors are in second place with 10 points after suffering a 1-0 road loss to China inside Changsha's Helong Stadium.

    Beijing Guoan striker/winger Yu Dabao's 34th minute goal was the only goal of the match. Dabao has seven goals in Asian qualifying as China boosts their qualification hopes.

    Meanwhile, Syria is one point behind third place Uzbekistan after they beat the White Wolves 1-0 in stoppage time.

    Al-Hilal second striker Omar Kharbin scored his eighth goal of Asian qualifying one minute into stoppage time with a late penalty.

    Syria is in fourth place with eight points while Uzbekistan stays a third with nine points.

    China PR 1:0 (1:0) South Korea
    Syria 1:0 (0:0) Uzbekistan
    Qatar 0:1 (0:0) Iran

    Group B
    Saudi Arabia and Japan took advantage of Australia dropping points as those two teams are tied for the top spot in Group B with 13 points each.

    Bert van Marwijk and the 1994 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers whitewashed Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok.

    Al-Nassr striker Mohammad Al-Sahlawi scored his 15th goal in Asian qualifying with his strike in the 25th minute to give the Green Falcons a 1-0 halftime lead.

    Chiangrai United defensive midfielder/center back Tanaboon Kesarat giftwrapped a 2-0 lead for the Saudis with an own goal with six minutes to go.

    Al-Ahli winger Salman Al-Moasher put the icing on the cake in stoppage time.

    Japan is second behind the Saudis in goal difference after blanking 1990 FIFA World Cup finalists United Arab Emirates 2-0.

    K.A.A. Gent forward Yuya Kubo gave the Samurai Blue a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute and Gamba Osaka defender/midfielder Yasuyuki Konno sealed the three points with his goal in the 51st minute.

    Meanwhile, the 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers dropped points in a 1-1 draw against Iraq in Tehran.

    FC Ingolstadt 04 forward Mathew Leckie scored his second goal of Asian qualifying in the 39th minute to give the Socceroos a 1-0 halftime lead.

    However, Iraq stormed back to grab a point when Muaither SC on from loan AIK winger Ahmed Yasin Ghani equalized for Iraq in the 76th minute for his second goal of Asian qualifying.

    Australia is in third in Group B with 10 points, three behind both Saudi Arabia and Japan with four games to go.

    Iraq 1:1 (0:1) Australia
    Thailand 0:3 (0:1) Saudi Arabia
    United Arab Emirates 0:2 (0:1) Japan
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Oceania (OFC)

    OFC Third Round

    Group Matchday 3 FT Scores: March 23, 2017

    From FIFA.com and OceniaFootball.com

    Group B
    Tahiti moved another step closer towards the OFC Final after defeating Papua New Guinea in a barnstorming second half 3-1.

    Penang FA forward Nigel Dabingyaba scored his fourth goal of Oceania qualifying before halftime to give the Cuscus a 1-0 lead.

    However, Tahiti scored three unanswered goals in the second half to take the win.

    AS Tefana forward Sylvain Graglia scored a brace in the 59th and 85th minute to stun the Port Moresby crowd and Churchill Brothers striker/midfielder Teaonui Tehau secured the three points in stoppage time for his fifth goal of Oceania qualifying.

    Tahiti can move another step closer towards an OFC Final spot with a win over Papua New Guinea in Pirae.

    Papua New Guinea 1:3 (1:0) Tahiti
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - South America (CONMEBOL)

    CONMEBOL Round-Robin

    Group Matchday 13 FT Scores: March 23, 2017

    From FIFA.com and CONMEBOL.com

    Five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil continue to flex their muscles under Tite as the Selecao hit the 30-point mark after thrashing one of their World Cup nemesis and two-time FIFA World Cup champions Uruguay 4-1 inside Montevideo's Estadio Centenario.

    It started rough for Tite and the Selecao after Roma goalkeeper Alisson conceded a penalty nine minutes in after toppling Edinson Cavani in the area.

    The Paris Saint-Germain striker made no mistake as he slotted home his ninth goal of South American qualifying to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead.

    However, Brazil took over from there.

    Barcelona livewire forward Neymar assisted on Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder Paulinho's 18th minute goal to help Brazil pull level at halftime 1-1.

    Paulinho scored his second six minutes into the second half to give the Selecao a 2-1 cushion.

    Neymar tucked home his fifth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 74th minute after Inter Milan and Brazilian captain defender Miranda fed him the ball.

    Paulinho completed his hat-trick in stoppage time as Juventus wing back Dani Alves, who earned his 100th cap, assisted on his third goal.

    Brazil is seven points clear of Uruguay who is second place with five matches to go.

    Meanwhile, two-time FIFA World Cup champions Argentina moved back into the automatic qualification zone after edging out their rivals and 1962 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Chile 1-0 in Buenos Aires.

    Another Barcelona livewire forward and Argentine captain Lionel Messi electrified the El Monumental crowd with the only goal of the game in the 16th minute with a penalty.

    Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel di Maria drew the spot kick after Universidad Catolica right winger/right back Jose Fuenzalida hauled him down in the area.

    Messi made no mistake from the spot for his fourth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying as Argentina moves up to third after the win while La Roja is in sixth.

    2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Colombia move up to fourth after a 1-0 victory over 1994 FIFA World Cup finalists Bolivia in Barranquilla.

    Real Madrid and Colombian captain winger James Rodriguez scored the lone goal of the match in the 83rd minute.

    Colombia received a penalty after Blooming central defender Cristian Coimbra hauled down Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado in the area.

    Huachipato goalkeeper Carlos Lampe, who made six saves, stopped James' spot kick, but the Los Cafeteros captain tucked home the rebound for his fourth in CONMEBOL qualifying and give Jose Pekerman's men the three points.

    In Asuncion, 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Paraguay boosted their chances as they're two points back on both Ecuador and Chile after defeating the 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishing Tricolor 2-1.

    America defender Bruno Valdez gave Paraguay a 1-0 lead with his 12th minute header off a set piece.

    Another Paraguayan defender struck in the 65th minute Lille left back Junior Alonso gave Paraguay a 2-0 lead.

    Ecuador got one back five minutes later with a penalty.

    Alonso conceded the spot kick with a hand ball in the area.

    Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo made no mistake as he scored his seventh goal of CONMEBOL qualifying from the spot.

    However, Paraguay hanged on to win the game as they are in seventh.

    The only draw came in Maturin as Venezuela is eliminated from automatic qualification after a 2-2 draw against two-time Top 8 finishers Peru.

    Venezuela had a 2-0 halftime lead when Malaga central defender Mikel Villanueva scored his second goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 24th minute with a header off a set piece and Atletico Mineiro attacking midfielder Romulo Otero struck home a free kick in the 40th minute.

    But the Incas came back to grab a point on the road in the second half.

    Benfica winger/second striker Andre Carrillo helped Peru get on the board early in the second half tucking home a Christian Cueva pass and Flamengo striker Paolo Guerrero headed in his fourth goal of CONMEBOL qualifying in the 64th minute off a Yoshimar Yotun corner.

    Peru is in eighth while Venezuela continues to be in dead last.

    Colombia 1:0 (0:0) Bolivia
    Paraguay 2:1 (1:0) Ecuador
    Uruguay 1:4 (1:1) Brazil
    Argentina 1:0 (0:0) Chile
    Venezuela 2:2 (2:0) Peru
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    Brazil kicking butt in WC quals. and Yankees likewise in Spring Training. Seems wrong, but I'm not complaining.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF)

    CONCACAF Fifth Round

    Group Matchday 3 FT Scores: March 24, 2017

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    Bruce Arena's first competitive match in his second stint as United States' men's national association football/soccer team head coach was a rout that saw the 1930 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers get back on track for Russia 2018.

    The Americans routed three-time FIFA World Cup finalists 6-0 inside San Jose California's Avaya Stadium that saw the United States move from dead last in the CONCACAF Hex to fourth place.

    Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey made a successful return to the USMNT with a hat-trick to take his CONCACAF qualifying tally to four goals and take his USMNT career goal tally to 55, two behind Landon Donovan for the most in USMNT history.

    Borussia Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic also caused havoc on the Honduran defense with a goal and two assists. Pulisic also has three goals in CONCACAF qualifying.

    Toronto FC and U.S. captain midfielder Michael Bradley scored his 16th career USMNT goal in the rout.

    And Los Angeles Galaxy attacking midfielder Sebastian Lletget completed the scoring by tallying his first USMNT goal five minutes in to give the Americans an early 1-0 lead.

    The only sour notes for Arena and the Americans is Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron and Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks leaving the game banged up.

    Speaking of the United States' next opponent, Panama, Los Canaleros suffered a 1-0 loss on the road to 2006 FIFA World Cup finalists Trinidad and Tobago inside Port of Spain's Hasely Crawford Stadium.

    Seattle Sounders left back Joevin Jones assisted on Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino's second goal of CONCACAF qualifying with the only tally of the match in the 37th minute.

    The Soca Warriors are in fifth with the U.S. having a better goal differential and Panama is one point ahead of the Americans for third place with four points.

    Finally inside Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, two-time FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Mexico hit the top spot in the Hex with a 2-0 victory over 2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Costa Rica.

    It was a special moment for former Manchester United turned Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez as his seventh minute strike was his 48th career goal for Mexico, tying him with Jared Borgetti for the most in El Tri's history.

    However, Chicharito had to leave the game injured in the 66th minute.

    Real Sociedad winger Carlos Vela, who assisted on Chicharito's goal, wasn't done.

    Vela had his second assist when he swung in a cross following a corner to Santos Laguna defender Nestor Araujo who headed home to give Mexico a 2-0 lead before halftime.

    Mexico currently leads the Hex with seven points after three matches while the Ticos are second with six.

    Trinidad and Tobago 1:0 (1:0) Panama
    Mexico 2:0 (2:0) Costa Rica
    USA 6:0 (3:0) Honduras
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    UEFA First Round

    Group Matchday 5 FT Scores: March 24, 2017

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    Group D
    Serbia hit the top spot in Group D after defeating Georgia 3-1 on the road in Tbilisi.

    Ethnikos Achna on loan from FC Rostov forward Nika Kacharava gave Georgia a 1-0 lead six minutes in.

    But it was all Serbia from there.

    Esbjerg fB, on loan from Spanish club Gimnastic de Tarragona right back Otar Kakabadze conceded a penalty after fouling Hamburger SV left winger Filip Kostic in the area before halftime.

    Southampton left winger Dusan Tadic made no mistake from the spot as he scored his fourth goal of UEFA qualifying from the spot to level the match at 1-1 at halftime.

    Tadic added two assists on Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic's fourth goal of UEFA qualifying in the 64th minute and Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Mijat Gacinovic's tally with four minutes to go.

    Serbia go on top on goal difference over 1990 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalists Republic of Ireland after Martin O'Neill's Boys in Green had a goalless draw inside Dublin's Aviva Stadium against 1958 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Wales.

    It got even worse for both teams as Everton and Ireland captain right back Seamus Coleman suffered a suspected broken leg in the 69th minute after a terrible challenge from Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor.
    http://www.espnfc.us/republic-of-ire...njury-vs-wales

    Taylor will miss the Welsh Dragons' next game against Serbia on June 11.

    Real Madrid livewire winger Gareth Bale will also miss the Serbia match after picking up a yellow card in the match.

    Wales trail Serbia and Ireland by four points as they are tied with 1954 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Austria for third place with seven points each.

    Marcel Koller's side blanked Moldova 2-0 inside Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion.

    Moldova stood firm for 75 minutes until Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic found the breakthrough for the Austrians for his third goal of UEFA qualifying.

    However, Arnautovic also picked up a booking that will see him miss Austria's next game against the Irish.

    RB Leipzig defensive midfielder Stefan Ilsanker will also miss the Ireland match after his yellow card accumulation.

    Hannover 96 forward/winger Martin Harnik sealed the three points after tapping home a rebound in stoppage time.

    Rostov FC midfielder Alexandru Gatcan will miss Moldova's next game against Georgia with his yellow card accumulation.

    Georgia 1:3 (1:1) Serbia
    Austria 2:0 (0:0) Moldova
    Republic of Ireland 0:0 Wales

    Group G
    2010 FIFA World Cup champions Spain and four-time FIFA World Cup champions Italy continue to be #1 and #2 in Group G.

    Julen Lopetegui's side trounced 1970 FIFA World Cup finalists Israel inside Gijon's El Molinon 4-1 to stay on top of Group G via goal difference.

    Manchester City playmaker David Silva tucked home a Jordi Alba through ball to give Spain a 1-0 lead 13 minutes in. It is Silva's third goal of UEFA qualifying.

    Bayer Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara added two assists on Sevilla forward Vitolo's fourth goal of UEFA qualifying before halftime and Chelsea striker Diego Costa's fourth goal of UEFA qualifying in the 51st minute.

    Club Brugge playmaker Lior Refaelov spoiled Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea's clean sheet bid in the 76th minute to get the Israelis on the board.

    But Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco put the icing on the cake with two minutes to go.

    Meanwhile, the Azzurri blanked Albania 2-0 in Juventus and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon's 1000th professional match in Palermo.

    Gian Piero Ventura's men had a penalty in the 12th minute when Bari midfielder Migjen Basha toppled Torino striker Andrea Belotti in the area.

    AS Roma defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi slotted home the penalty for his second goal of UEFA qualifying to give Italy a 1-0 lead.

    Lazio striker Ciro Immobile put the three points in the bag when he headed his fifth goal of UEFA qualifying off a Davide Zappacosta set piece in the 80th minute.

    FK Qarabag defender Ansi Agolli will miss Albania's next game against Israel on June 11 after being booked in the match.

    Macedonia blanked Lichtenstein 3-0 to get their first points of UEFA qualifying.

    Vardar central midfielder Boban Nikolov gave Macedonia a 1-0 lead before halftime and Palermo striker Ilija Nestorovski completed a second-half double. Nestorovski has four goals in UEFA qualifying.

    Nestorovski even drew a penalty in stoppage time after Balzers midfielder Aron Sele toppled him over.

    But Valduz and Lichtenstein captain goalkeeper Peter Jehle stoned Nestorovski's spot kick and deny him of a hat-trick.

    Italy 2:0 (1:0) Albania
    Lichtenstein 0:3 (0:1) Macedonia
    Spain 4:1 (2:0) Israel

    Group I
    1998 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Croatia maintained top spot in Group I after edging 2006 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Ukraine 1-0 in Zagreb.

    Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic scored the only goal of the match in the 38th minute for his second goal in UEFA qualifying.

    Croatia has 13 points, three ahead of Iceland.

    Iceland jumped to second ahead of Ukraine after a 2-1 road triumph over Kosovo.

    Molde forward Bjorn Sigurdarson gave Iceland a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute.

    Iceland had a penalty 10 minutes later when Hammarby IF defender Birkir Saevarsson was hauled down after a horrible challenge in the area from Lausanne-Sport defender Benjamin Kololli.

    Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson struck home the penalty to double Iceland's lead before halftime.

    Kosovo got one back seven minutes into the second half when Sheffield Wednesday forward Atdhe Nuhiu headed in a Herolind Shala cross.

    But Iceland held on for the win as they go up to 10 points.

    2002 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Turkey thank Cenk Tosun for their three points in a 2-0 win over Finland.

    The Besiktas forward scored a brace in the ninth and 13th minutes as Turkey is in a tie for third with Ukraine.

    Finland will miss two players for their upcoming game against Ukraine on June 11 as Brøndby IF center-half Paulus Arajuuri
    and New York City FC midfielder Alexander Ring were both booked in the loss.

    Turkey 2:0 (2:0) Finland
    Croatia 1:0 (1:0) Ukraine
    Kosovo 1:2 (0:2) Iceland
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Oceania (OFC)

    OFC Third Round

    Group Matchday 3 FT Scores: March 25, 2017

    From FIFA.com and OceniaFootball.com

    Group A
    Two-time FIFA World Cup finalists New Zealand are a point away from advancing to the OFC qualifying final after beating Fiji 2-0 inside Lautoka's Churchill Park.

    After a goalless first half, the All Whites struck twice in the second half to take themselves to seven points in Group A six ahead of New Caledonia.

    Leeds United and New Zealand vice-captain striker Chris Wood scored a penalty in the 48th minute for his fifth goal in Oceania qualifying and Melbourne Victory playmaker Marco Rojas scored his third goal of Oceania qualifying in the 55th minute.

    New Zealand just needs a point against Fiji in the return leg inside Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Tuesday to book a spot in the two-legged OFC Final.

    Fiji 0:2 (0:0) New Zealand
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    UEFA First Round

    Group Matchday 5 FT Scores: March 25, 2017

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    Group A
    Didier Deschamps and 1998 FIFA World Cup champions France stay on top of Group A in UEFA qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after another matchday win as Les Bleus defeat Luxembourg 3-1.

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud gave France a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute as he tucked home a Djibril Sidibe pass from the center of the box. It is Giroud's second goal of UEFA qualifying.

    However, Luxembourg equalized six minutes later with a penalty.

    F91 Dudelange striker Daniel Alves Da Mota drew the spot kick after Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi hauled him down in the area.

    Lierse and Luxembourg striker Aurelien Joachim successfully converted the penalty to level the match at 1-1. That tally is Joachim's fourth goal of UEFA qualifying.

    Da Mota and Joachim will miss Luxembourg's next match against their rival neighbor the Netherlands on June 9 after being booked in the match along with Metz defender Chris Philipps.

    France took the lead again in the 37th minute after the received their own penalty.

    Da Mota toppled Sidibe in the area allowing livewire Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to convert from the spot for his second goal in UEFA qualifying.

    Giroud sealed the three points for Les Bleus in the 77th minute after heading in Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy's cross to complete his brace.

    France will take on Sweden next inside Solna's Friends Arena.

    Speaking of Sweden, the 1958 FIFA World Cup runners-up demolished Belarus at home 4-0 to stay in second place in Group A with 10 points, three behind France.

    RB Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg scored twice to take his UEFA qualifying tally to three goals.

    The first came in the 19th minute with a penalty after FC Krasnodar defender Aleksandr Martynovich, who will miss Belarus' next match against Bulgaria, hauled down Panathinaikos striker Marcus Berg in the area.

    The second goal came four minutes into the second half.

    Berg scored his second in UEFA qualifying in the 57th minute with a header.

    RSC Anderlecht on loan from Bordeaux forward Isaac Kiese Thelin came off the bench and put the icing on the cake with his 77th minute strike off a set piece play.

    Finally in Sofia, 1994 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers Bulgaria piled more misery on Danny Blind and the three-time FIFA World Cup runners-up Oranje in a 2-0 victory that sees Bulgaria trailing Sweden by one point for second in third place in Group A.

    Pogon Szczecin forward Spas Delev scored a double within the first 20 minutes of the match as the Dutch are in fourth place, three points behind Sweden for second and six points behind France at the half-way point of UEFA qualifying.

    Sweden 4:0 (1:0) Belarus
    Bulgaria 2:0 (2:0) Netherlands
    Luxembourg 1:3 (1:2) France

    Group B
    Two-time FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Switzerland maintain their 100% record in UEFA qualifying after edging out Latvia 1-0 in Geneva.

    FC Zurich goalkeeper Andris Vanins held down the Latvian fort with six saves.

    But in the 66th minute, Borussia Monchengladbach striker Josip Drmic headed in Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Admir Mehmedi's corner for the only goal of the match.

    The Swiss have 15 points, three ahead of Portugal. The only sour note for the Swiss is that 1899 Hoffenheim center-half back Fabian Schar will serve a one-match ban against the Faroe Islands after being booked.

    As for Portugal, Real Madrid and Portuguese captain winger Cristiano Ronaldo and the 1966 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers and the reigning and defending UEFA European champions maintain second spot in Group B after blanking two-time FIFA World Cup runners-up Hungary 3-0 in Lisbon.

    It was Porto young gun striker Andre Silva who got the Estadio da Luz crowd rocking with his fifth goal of UEFA qualifying in the 32nd minute.

    After that, it was all CR7. Silva assisted on Ronaldo's left-footed blast from outside the box in the 36th minute to give Portugal a 2-0 halftime lead.

    In the 65th minute, Ronaldo scorched his ninth goal of UEFA qualifying with a free kick and in the process, completed his brace.

    Finally in Andorra, Andorra and the Faroe Islands played to a goalless stalemate.

    Odense Boldklub forward Joan Edmundsson will be suspended for the Faroe Islands' next match against Switzerland on June 9 after being sent off in the 74th minute for receiving two yellow cards.

    Andorra will miss two players in their next game against Hungary due to yellow card accumulation as AEC Manlleu left back Marc Garcia and Atletico Monzon midfielder Marcio Vieira were booked in the match.

    Andorra 0:0 Faroe Islands
    Switzerland 1:0 (0:0) Latvia
    Portugal 3:0 (2:0) Hungary

    Group H
    1986 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers Belgium denied 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Greece a win in a 1-1 draw in Brussels.

    After a scoreless first half, Greece drew first blood very early in the second half when Benfica striker Konstantinos Mitroglou
    buried his third goal of UEFA qualifying in the back of the net.

    Olympiacos goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino kept the Belgian attack at bay with five saves, but Everton striker Romelu Lukaku helped Belgium grab a point with his 89th minute equalizer.

    It is Lukaku's sixth goal in UEFA qualifying.

    Greece will miss three players in their next match against Bosnia and Herzegovina when Benfica central midfielder/defensive midfielder Andreas Samaris had yellow card accumulation after his booking and Cagliari, on loan from Torino midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Alanyaspor left back Georgios Tzavellas were ejected after receiving two yellow cards against Belgium.

    Speaking of the Bosnians, the Bosnian Dragons thrashed Gibraltar 5-0 in Zenica to trail Greece by one point for second and trail Belgium by three points for top spot in Group H.

    Hertha Berlin forward Vedad Ibisevic scored twice to take his UEFA qualifying tally to three.

    Istanbul Basaksehir winger Edin Visca and Osmanlispor right back Avdija Vrsajevic each added a goal and assist.

    1899 Hoffenheim center-back Ermin Bicakcic rounded out the blowout with a stoppage time header off a set piece.

    Mehmed Bazdarevic's men will miss somebody against Greece on June 9 when Schalke 04 left back Sead Kolasinac will serve a one-match ban after receiving a yellow card in the win.

    Finally in Nicosia, Cyprus and Estonia ended goalless.

    AEK Larnaca midfielder Vincent Laban will miss Cyprus next game against Gibraltar on June 9 due to yellow card accumulation.

    Bosnia and Herzegovina 5:0 (2:0) Gibraltar
    Cyprus 0:0 Estonia
    Belgium 1:1 (0:0) Greece
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    UEFA First Round

    Group Matchday 5 FT Scores: March 25, 2017

    From FIFA.com and UEFA.com

    Group C
    Defending and four-time FIFA World Cup champions Germany is a perfect 5 for 5 in World Cup qualifying defeating Azerbaijan 4-1.

    Borussia Dortmund forward/winger Andre Schurrle gave Die Mannschaft a 1-0 lead after 19 minutes as Cologne left back Jonas Hector grabbed the assist.

    However, Azerbaijan equalized in the 31st minute when FC Erzgebirge Aue striker Dimitrij Nazarov opened his 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying account after tucking home a Afran Ismayilov pass into the back of the net.

    But Bayern Munich megastar forward Thomas Muller scored his fifth goal of UEFA qualifying after taking a Schurrle pass and buried it into the net in the 36th minute to give Germany a 2-1 lead.

    Wolfsburg striker Mario Gomez headed in a Joshua Kimmich cross as Joachim Loew's men were up 3-1 at halftime.

    The Hector to Schurrle combination worked again as Schurrle completed his brace with nine minutes to go to seal Germany's road triumph.

    The only low point was Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira booked which will see him miss Germany's next match against minnows San Marino on June 10 due to yellow card accumulation.

    Meanwhile in Belfast's Windsor Park, 1958 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Northern Ireland are in second in Group C with 10 points, five behind the Germans after blanking 1998 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finisher Norway 2-0.

    Nottingham Forest striker/winger Jamie Ward scored his second goal of UEFA qualifying two minutes in as Northern Ireland led 1-0.

    Queens Park Rangers striker Conor Washington completed the scoring in the 33rd minute as the two first-half goals were good enough for Michael O'Neill's side.

    Finally in Serraville's San Marino Stadium, two-time FIFA World Cup runners-up under then-Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, vaporized San Marino 6-0.

    Slava Prague midfielder Antonin Barak led the way for the Czechs with a first-half brace and an assist.

    Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida also had a brace including a 77th minute penalty after Libertas defender Davide Simoncini hauled down Slavia Prague midfielder Jaromir Zmrhal in the area.

    Simoncini will also miss San Marino's clash against Germany after picking up the booking. Sammaurese striker Matteo Vitaioli will also serve a one-match ban after receiving a yellow card in the thrashing. It is Vitaioli's second suspension in UEFA qualifying after he served his first one-match ban against Norway on October 11, 2016 due to yellow card accumulation.

    Werder Bremen right back Theodor Gebre Selassie added a goal and assist and Viktoria Plzen forward Michal Krmencik round out the goal fest with his second of UEFA qualifying in the blow out.

    Azerbaijan 1:4 (1:3) Germany
    San Marino 0:6 (0:5) Czech Republic
    Northern Ireland 2:0 (2:0) Norway

    Group E
    Two-time FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Poland opened up a six-point lead in Group E over Montenegro after the Polish Eagles beat the Brave Falcons 2-1 in Podgorica.

    Bayern Munich and Poland captain striker Robert Lewandowski scored his eighth goal in UEFA qualifying after scorching a free kick home to give Poland a 1-0 halftime lead.

    The Montenegrins fought back though to tie the game at 1-1 in the 63rd minute when Karlsruher SC on loan from 1860 Munich striker Stefan Mugosa headed in Damir Kojasevic's cross.

    But the Poles grabbed the three points in the 82nd minute when Borussia Dortmund right back Lukasz Piszczek scored the go-ahead tally.

    Both Poland and Montenegro will miss their country's next game due to yellow card accumulation.
    Rijeka on loan from Italian club Spezia right back/right winger Marko Vesovic will miss Montenegro's next game against Armenia while AS Monaco center-back Kamil Glik will miss Poland's next match against Romania.

    Montenegro is in second in Group E by goal difference over 1998 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Denmark who had a goalless affair in Cluj-Napoca against 1994 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Romania.

    Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius will miss the Dane's next game against Kazakhstan due to yellow card accumulation after being booked in the stalemate.

    Armenia pulled into a tie with Romania for fourth, one point behind Denmark and Montenegro for second after a 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan.

    Second-half strikes from Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the 73rd minute and Besiktas right winger Aras Ozbiliz sealed the win for Artur Petrosyan's men.

    Padideh defender Varazdat Haroyan will miss Armenia's next match against Montenegro due to yellow card accumulation after being booked in the match while FC Tobol defender Serhiy Malyi will serve a one-match ban against Denmark after being sent off in the 64th minute with a second yellow card.

    Armenia 2:0 (0:0) Kazakhstan
    Montenegro 1:2 (0:1) Poland
    Romania 0:0 Denmark

    Group F
    Gareth Southgate sees 1966 FIFA World Cup champions England stay on top of Group F after defeating Lithuania 2-0 inside London's Wembley Stadium.

    Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe welcomed back to the Three Lions setup after giving England a 1-0 lead after 22 minutes as Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling assisted on Defoe's tally.

    ADO Den Haag goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus had seven saves in a losing effort.

    But he didn't stop Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy from coming off the bench and scoring in the 66th minute to secure the three points for England.

    Zalgiris Vilnius defender Egidijus Vaitkunas and FC Tobol midfielder Arturas Zulpa will miss Lithuania's next match against Slovakia due to yellow card accumulation after receiving a yellow card in the defeat.

    Speaking of Slovakia, the 2010 Round of 16 finishers defeat Malta 3-1 which saw both teams finishing the game with 10 men.

    Dinamo Bucharest forward Adam Nemec assisted on Al Gharafa FC Vladimir Weiss' second minute goal to give Slovakia a 1-0 lead.

    Malta equalized in the 14th minute when Sliema Wanderers forward Jean Paul Farrugia struck.

    But Slovakia took the lead before halftime when Weiss set up Jan Gregus' 41st minute strike.

    It got worse for Malta in the 78th minute when Farrugia was sent off after receiving his second yellow card. Farrugia will miss Malta's next match against Slovenia as a result of that ejection.

    Slovakia extended their lead to 3-1 in the 84th minute after Nemec scored his third goal in UEFA qualifying. But Nemec will miss Slovakia's next game against Lithuania after he was sent off in stoppage time after he picked up his second yellow card.

    Both sides finished the match with 10 men as Slovakia stays in second place in Group F with nine points, four behind England.

    Finally in Glasgow's Hampden Park, 1974 FIFA World Cup Ninth Place finisher Scotland edged out 2010 FIFA World Cup finalists Slovenia 1-0.

    Fulham, on loan from Derby County striker Chris Martin came off the bench and struck in the 88th minute to give Gordon Strachan's men the three points as the Scots are in fourth in Group F with seven points, two behind Slovakia for second.

    Slovenia will miss three players in their next match against Malta due to yellow card accumulation as Chievo Verona winger Valter Birsa, Birsa's fellow Chievo teammate defender Bostjan Cesar and Akhisar Belediyespor defender Miral Samardzic all received a yellow card in the loss as Slovenia dropped to third place with eight points, one shy of Slovakia for second.

    England 2:0 (1:0) Lithuania
    Malta 1:3 (1:2) Slovakia
    Scotland 1:0 (0:0) Slovenia
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Europe (UEFA)

    UEFA First Round

    Group Standings after Matchday 5: Groups A to C

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    Group A
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 France 5 4 1 0 10 3 +7 13
    2 Sweden 5 3 1 1 10 3 +7 10
    3 Bulgaria 5 3 0 2 8 10 −2 9
    4 Netherlands 5 2 1 2 8 6 +2 7
    5 Belarus 5 0 2 3 2 10 −8 2
    6 Luxembourg 5 0 1 4 6 12 −6 1

    Group B
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Switzerland 5 5 0 0 10 3 +7 15
    2 Portugal 5 4 0 1 19 3 +16 12
    3 Hungary 5 2 1 2 8 6 +2 7
    4 Faroe Islands 5 1 2 2 2 8 −6 5
    5 Latvia 5 1 0 4 2 9 −7 3
    6 Andorra 5 0 1 4 1 13 −12 1

    Group C
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Germany 5 5 0 0 20 1 +19 15
    2 Northern Ireland 5 3 1 1 10 2 +8 10
    3 Czech Republic 5 2 2 1 8 4 +4 8
    4 Azerbaijan 5 2 1 2 3 8 −5 7
    5 Norway 5 1 0 4 5 9 −4 3
    6 San Marino 5 0 0 5 1 23 −22 0
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Europe (UEFA)

    UEFA First Round

    Group Standings after Matchday 5: Groups D to F

    From FIFA.com and UEFA.com

    Group D
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Serbia 5 3 2 0 12 6 +6 11
    2 Republic of Ireland 5 3 2 0 7 3 +4 11
    3 Wales 5 1 4 0 8 4 +4 7
    4 Austria 5 2 1 2 8 7 +1 7
    5 Georgia 5 0 2 3 4 8 −4 2
    6 Moldova 5 0 1 4 2 13 −11 1

    Group E
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Poland 5 4 1 0 12 6 +6 13
    2 Montenegro 5 2 1 2 10 6 +4 7
    3 Denmark 5 2 1 2 7 5 +2 7
    4 Romania 5 1 3 1 6 4 +2 6
    5 Armenia 5 2 0 3 6 10 −4 6
    6 Kazakhstan 5 0 2 3 3 13 −10 2

    Group F
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 England 5 4 1 0 8 0 +8 13
    2 Slovakia 5 3 0 2 10 3 +7 9
    3 Slovenia 5 2 2 1 4 3 +1 8
    4 Scotland 5 2 1 2 7 8 −1 7
    5 Lithuania 5 1 2 2 5 9 −4 5
    6 Malta 5 0 0 5 2 13 −11 0
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Europe (UEFA)

    UEFA First Round

    Group Standings after Matchday 5: Groups G to I

    From FIFA.com and UEFA.com

    Group G
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Spain 5 4 1 0 19 2 +17 13
    2 Italy 5 4 1 0 13 4 +9 13
    3 Israel 5 3 0 2 9 9 0 9
    4 Albania 5 2 0 3 4 8 −4 6
    5 Macedonia 5 1 0 4 7 11 −4 3
    6 Liechtenstein 5 0 0 5 1 19 −18 0

    Group H
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Belgium 5 4 1 0 22 2 +20 13
    2 Greece 5 3 2 0 10 3 +7 11
    3 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 3 1 1 13 5 +8 10
    4 Cyprus 5 1 1 3 3 8 −5 4
    5 Estonia 5 1 1 3 5 15 −10 4
    6 Gibraltar 5 0 0 5 2 22 −20 0

    Group I
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Croatia 5 4 1 0 11 1 +10 13
    2 Iceland 5 3 1 1 8 6 +2 10
    3 Ukraine 5 2 2 1 7 4 +3 8
    4 Turkey 5 2 2 1 7 5 +2 8
    5 Finland 5 0 1 4 3 8 −5 1
    6 Kosovo 5 0 1 4 2 14 −12 1
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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