2014 World Cup qualifiers

Vicente Del Bosque hails Spain for toppling France in World cup qualifier

Spanish Coach Vicente Del Bosque plays with a ball during training session at Stade de France, on the eve of his team's World Cup 2014 qualifying match against France. Photo: AFP

With three rounds of games remaining, Spain are now a point ahead of France again, just four days after conceding top spot when their 1-1 home draw with Finland was combined with France beating Georgia.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 4:16am

England's fate still in our hands, says Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

England were on course to go top in group H after Wayne Rooney gave them an early lead in Podgorica, but the visitors wilted in the second half and Montenegro stormed back to equalise with 14 minutes to play.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:16am

Son scorches Qatar with late South Korean winner

South Korea's Son Heung-min celebrates with his teammate Ki Sung-Yueng after scoring a last-minute goal against Qatar in Seoul. Photo: Reuters

Substitute Son Heung-min prodded home a 96th minute winner to give South Korea a precious 2-1 win over Qatar in Seoul on Tuesday and put them in sight of another World Cup finals appearance.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:58am

Japan blow qualifying chance as Jordan claim shock win

Japan's Okazaki fights for the ball against Jordan's Othman at King Abdullah stadium in Amman. Photo: Reuters

Japan wasted a second half penalty as they blew the chance to become the first team to qualify for the next year World Cup finals when they were humbled 2-1 by Jordan in a pulsating clash in Amman on Tuesday.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:57am

England braced for Montenegro battle

England coach Roy Hodgson. Photo: AP

Four days on from their 8-0 rout of San Marino, England face a potentially decisive World Cup qualifier today against a Montenegro side who will not be anywhere near as obliging.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:58am

Ireland back youth in World Cup qualifier

Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni hopes his youthful Republic of Ireland team can continue to beat the odds when Austria visit Dublin.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:15am

Memories make Messi scared of Bolivian heights

Lionel Messi

Argentina is four points clear at the top of the qualifying table and enjoy an 11-point gap to the first team outside the four automatic qualifying positions with just six games left. Yet the trip to Bolivia brings with it some bad memories for Messi and his teammates.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:15am

Spain face must-win World Cup qualifier against France

Spain's national soccer coach Vicente del Bosque. Photo: Reuters

Vicente Del Bosque's side have not lost a competitive match since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but two consecutive home draws have seen them fall behind France in this qualifying campaign.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:55pm

Scotland blame loss to Wales on themselves

Wales' Ben Davies competes with Chris Burke of Scotland for the ball during their World Cup qualifier in snowy Glasgow. Photo: AFP

Gordon Strachan says Scotland have no-one else but themselves to blame after Wales came from behind to win their World Cup qualifier 2-1 at Hampden.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Del Bosque laments Spain's failure to turn possession into goals in Finland match

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque. Photo: AFP

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque lamented his side's inability to turn possession into goals as they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Finland in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

England manager Roy Hodgson not getting carried away by 8-0 win

Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson warned his players not to get carried away after they outclassed hapless minnows San Marino 8-0 in World Cup qualifying.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

England must be wary of group's surprise package

England manager Roy Hodgson. Photo: Reuters

England head to Montenegro for Tuesday's second and most difficult part of their away double-header in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, with the result likely to be more crucial to the group H final standings than most would have expected at the start of the qualifying campaign.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:41am

Spain and France keep focus before World Cup qualifying showdown

Mikael Lustig (left) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Swedish national team take part in a training session at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Sweden play Ireland tonight. Photo: Reuters

With just over a year to go until the World Cup, some of Europe's leading nations are hoping to take a major step towards sealing their places in the finals in Brazil in a busy week of qualifying.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

I've made mistakes, admits Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez admitted he has made mistakes on the pitch that have earned him a bad reputation, but the controversial Uruguayan star defended his "slyness" and "character".

21 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

Pressure mounts on Camacho after China defeat

Coach Camacho

Jose Antonio Camacho has come under increasing pressure after China crashed out of World Cup qualifying and lost four friendlies since June last year, including an 8-0 drubbing by Brazil. They won just once.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:38am