Spain, Portugal and Italy snag World Cup qualifier victories

World Cup

Newscast Media SAO PAOLO—Spain and Italy have taken important steps towards
qualifying for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. England, Portugal and Belgium also
grabbed important wins, while France and the Netherlands were held to draws.

Spain earned a 2-0 win in Finland Friday, with goals from Jordi Alba and Alvaro
Negredo. The defending World and European champions are now three points ahead
of France, who drew 0-0 with Georgia, and leading Group I with 14 points.

Alberto Gilardino’s header proved the winner for Italy in their away match versus
Bulgaria. The Italians are now seven points clear in Group B with three matches to

England beat Moldova 4-0 at home, with a Danny Welbeck brace following early goals
from Steven Gerard and Rickie Lambert. The win puts them atop Group H with 15
points, ahead of Montenegro – who drew 1-1 with Poland – on goal difference with a
game in hand. Ukraine kept their qualification hopes alive with a 9-0 victory against
San Marino, giving them 14 points.

Last week’s Union of European Football Associations World Cup qualifying results are:

Macedonia 2-1 Wales

Serbia 1-1 Croatia

Scotland 0-2 Belgium

Czech Republic 1-2 Armenia

Malta 1-2 Denmark

Italy 1-0 Bulgaria

Kazakhstan 2-1 Faroe Islands

Germany 3-0 Austria

Ireland 1-2 Sweden

Romania 3-0 Hungary

Turkey 5-0 Andorra

Estonia 2-2 Netherlands

Norway 2-0 Cyprus

Slovenia 1-0 Albania

Switzerland 4-4 Iceland

Russia 4-1 Luxembourg

Northern Ireland 2-4 Portugal

Latvia 2-1 Lithuania

Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 Slovakia

Liechtenstein 0-1 Greece

England 4-0 Moldova

Ukraine 9-0 San Marino

Poland 1-1 Montenegro

Georgia 0-0 France

Finland 0-2 Spain

Source: Deutsche Welle