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Sunday 24 March 2013

Road to Brazil: Hernandez and Suarez on target

A number of Barclays Premier League players were on the scoresheet in matches outside Europe

  • Aston Villa's Brad Guzan saves for the US against Costa Rica

  • Wigan's Roger Espinoza tackles Man Utd's Javier Hernandez

  • Uruguay Luis Suarez in action against Paraguay

  • Newcastle's Cheick Tiote and Arsenal's Gervinho celebrate Ivory Coast's win

  • Norwich's Kei Kamara heads the ball for Sierra Leone

  • Chelsea's Victor Moses takes on the Kenya defence

  • Japan's Shinji Kagawa in action during the friendly against Canada

Players from the Barclays Premier League were in action across the world in qualifying for the FIFA 2014 World Cup and friendlies. Here is a round-up of who played outside of Europe.


Honduras 2-2 Mexico
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez scored both Mexico’s goals in the draw against Honduras, who fought back from 2-0 down to claim a point and remain top of the six-team group after two matches. Wigan Athletic’s Roger Espinoza and Maynor Figueroa both played the whole match for Honduras.

United States 1-0 Costa Rica
Spurs striker Clint Dempsey got the only goal for the United States in snowy conditions in Denver. Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan starred in goal, while Stoke’s Geoff Cameron played the 90 minutes. His clubmate Brek Shea was an unused substitute for the US. Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz captained Costa Rica, for whom Everton’s Bryan Oviedo played 73 minutes and who are in last place with one point.

Jamaica 1-1 Panama
Reading trio Jobi McAnuff, Adrian Mariappa and Garath McCleary all started in the draw in Kingston. The point leaves Jamaica fifth with the first three sides qualifying automatically and the team in fourth playing off against New Zealand.


Uruguay 1-1 Paraguay
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored a late goal in Montevideo but it was not enough for Uruguay to beat Paraguay, although they did climb to the fourth and last direct qualifying spot. Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez was a second-half substitute for Uruguay, while Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates remained on the bench for the home side.

Argentina 3-0 Venezuela
Manchester Ciy’s Pablo Zabaleta was booked in Argentina’s comfortable victory which confirmed their position atop the South American rankings. Wigan’s Franco Di Santo was an unused substitute for Argentina.

Peru 1-0 Chile
Wigan’s Jean Beausejour played 68 minutes as his Chile side went down in Lima.


Ivory Coast 3-0 Gambia
Arsenal forward Gervinho and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure both contributed towards Ivory Coast’s win in Abidjan. Gervinho won the penalty that WIlfried Bony converted to open the scoring and Toure doubled the lead. Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote also played the 90 minutes for the home side, while Manchester City’s Kolo Toure and Wigan Athletic’s Arouna Kone both came on midway through the second half. City’s Abdul Razak was an unused substitute.

Cameroon 2-1 Togo
Queens Park Rangers’ Stephane Mbia came on in the second half as Cameroon beat a Togo side without Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor. Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong was on the bench for Cameroon.

Congo 1-0 Gabon
QPR defender Christopher Samba scored the only goal midway through the second half for Congo.

Nigeria 1-1 Kenya
A Nigeria side that featured Chelsea’s Jon Obi Mikel and Victor Moses needed an injury-time goal to avoid a shock home defeat.

Senegal 1-1 Angola
West Ham United’s Mohamed Diame captained Senegal as they were held at home. Chelsea forward Demba Ba also started before he was replaced on 77 minutes by former Newcastle team-mate Papiss Cisse. QPR’s Armand Traore was an unused substitute for Senegal.

Tunisia 2-1 Sierra Leone
Norwich City’s Kei Kamara scored for Sierra Leone but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Other results
Namibia 0-1 Malawi
Burkina Faso 4-0 Niger
South Africa 2-0 Central African Republic

For more details on these results, click here


New Zealand 2-1 New Caledonia
West Ham United’s Winston Reid captained New Zealand as they secured the Oceania play-off place with a goal in the last minute. New Zealand will play in a two-legged tie the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF.

International friendlies

Japan 2-1 Canada
Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa played the 90 minutes as Japan laboured past Canada in Doha. Southampton defender Maya Yoshida also played the whole match while Norwich forward Simeon Jackson was a second-half substitute for Canada.

Ecuador 5-0 El Salvador
Manchester United winger Luis Antonio Valencia provided two assists in this comfortable victory in Quito.

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Key Points

  • Thirteen players from the Barclays Premier League scored in World Cup qualifying in Europe
  • England had biggest margin of victory, beating San Marino 8-0
  • Many players from the same clubs faced each other