Facts about the World Cup 2014 Qualifications
World Cup 2014 Qualifications, we have passed the world cup from year to year. The last world cup was held in 2018. However, now we will discuss the 2014 world cup qualifications. Maybe you need to know the facts about the 2014 world cup qualification that you have missed, but it is still interesting to know. Read the following facts about the FIFA world cup 2014 qualification that you should know.
Italy secured tickets to Brazil 2014
Despite being left behind by a goal from Czech Republic midfielder Libor Kozak in the 19th minute, Italy was able to get up in the second half and turn things around. Giorgio Chiellini’s goal and a penalty that was successfully executed by AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli secured a ticket to compete in the 2014 Brazil World Cup finals for the Italian national team.
Defeated Andorra, Netherlands ensured to pass qualifications
Striker Robin van Persie guaranteed the Orange team victory with two goals at the start of the second half. The goal was also a personal record for the Manchester United striker. Van Persie was perched in the second position of the Netherlands’ top scorer in history, only two goals adrift of Patrick Kulivert who bagged 40 goals. At that time, Netherlands tops group D and was confirmed to qualify for the finals.
Germany broke Faroe Island resistance
Having taken the lead through Per Mertesacker, the German national team struggled to penetrate the heavily guarded Faroe Islands defense. Only when the red card landed on Arti Gregersen’s face did Özil et al. went on a rampage and scored two additional goals that ensured an extra three points. Even so, Germany could only ensure that they qualify for the match against Ireland in October.
Argentina, King of South America
Come to Asunción, the seeded Argentina went on a rampage in the Paraguay goal by scoring five goals at once. The host gave resistance after Lionel Messi’s first goal. But following repeated goals from Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and the 4 times world best player, Santa Cruz, and friends had no idea. Paraguay finally saved face with two goals against Sergio Romero.
Failed to beat Ukraine, Britain’s pace was on hold
England’s position as the top of Group H was under threat following a 0: 0 draw at home to Ukraine. Armed with 16 points, “the three lions” was only one point adrift of Ukraine and Montenegro. Meanwhile, Poland, which was perched in the fourth position, also had a chance to escape. The last two matches would show to compete in the World Cup finals.
France betting on Play-Offs
Despite the success of beating Belarus 4-2 and ending the curse of no goals in the last five matches, France that joined in Group I with defending champions Spain, had to go through the Play-Offs to secure the final ticket to the finals in Brazil. Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery, who scored two goals, became the hero of Les Blues that night.
Spain remained tough at the top
Despite the difficulty of dismantling the Finland defense that was escorted by Gia Grigalava. The defending champion Spain was finally able to score a goal through Jordi Alba’s goal in the 19th minute. Alvaro Negredo completed the victory of the matador team in the 89th minute. Spain’s scores were comparable to France in Group I, although the defending champions still had one game left.
Ronaldo saved Portugal
Portugal that was competing with Russia in Group F, was 1: 2 behind Northern Ireland at the start of the second half. However, Christiano Ronaldo’s good action resulted in three goals at the same time for the Real Madrid midfielder. After the match which was marked by three red cards, Portugal is now only one point away from the leaders of the Russian standings who successfully beat Israel 3: 1.