Wednesday 27 March 2013

Road to Brazil: Holman rescues Australia

Aston Villa midfielder one of the Barclays Premier League players on the scoresheet for country

  • Brett Holman celebrates his late equaliser for Australia

  • Oman's Ali Al Habsi and Australia's Mark Schwarzer embrace at the end

  • Shinji Kagawa was unable to prevent Japan's defeat in Jordan

  • Clint Dempsey in action for the US in Mexico City

  • Brad Guzan and Dempsey celebrate a hard-fought point for the US

  • Luis Suarez played the 90 minutes as Uruguay lost to Chile

  • Luis Antonio Valencia helped Ecuador remain second in the South American group

Outside of Europe, 22 players from the Barclays Premier League were in action in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Find out below who played as well as in friendlies.

South America (CONMEBOL)

Bolivia 1-1 Argentina
Wigan Athletic’s Franco Di Santo was an 86th-minute substitute in the draw in La Paz, while Man City defender Pablo Zabaleta was unused on the bench. Argentina remain top of the group, four points clear of Ecuador in second.

Ecuador 4-1 Paraguay
Manchester United's Luis Antonio Valencia started as Ecuador came from behind to beat a Paraguay side for whom Wigan’s Antolin Alcaraz was absent through injury. Ecuador remain set to qualify for their first World Cup in 12 years.

Chile 2-0 Uruguay
Chile returned to the fourth and final direct qualifying spot with this victory in Santiago. Wigan's Jean Beausejour played 69 minutes for Chile, while Liverpool's Luis Suarez played the 90 minutes and club-mate Sebastian Coates was on the bench for Uruguay, who dropped to sixth in the table, out of the qualifying places.

Venezuela 1-0 Colombia

North and Central America (CONCACAF)

Panama 2-0 Honduras
The Wigan pair of Maynor Figueroa and Roger Espinoza were in the Honduras starting XI who lost to Panama, who went top of the six-team group.

Costa Rica 2-0 Jamaica
Bryan Oviedo
(Everton) and Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) helped Costa Rica move to second in the CONCACAF group with this victory in San Jose. Reading's trio of Jobi McAnuff, Adrian Mariappa and Garath McCleary all started for Jamaica, who dropped to bottom of the group.

Mexico 0-0 USA
A United States defence marshalled by Aston Villa's Brad Guzan held on for a valuable point that left them in the third and final direct qualifying spot. A Mexico forward line led by Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez could not break the deadlock in the Azteca Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey captained the US side, who also had Geoff Cameron (Stoke) starting and his club-mate Brek Shea as a substitute in the 82nd minute.

Asia (AFC)

Group A
South Korea 2-1 Qatar
Swansea City’s Ki Sung-yeung played the 90 minutes as the home side got a 96th-minute winner in Seoul to keep them on track to reach Brazil and lead. QPR’s Yun Suk-young was an unused substitute.

Uzbekistan 1-0 Lebanon

Group B
Australia 2-2 Oman
Aston Villa’s Brett Holman rescued a point for Australia as they came back from 2-0 down in Sydney to keep their hopes of automatic qualification from Group B on track. Oman, led by Wigan Athletic’s Ali Al Habsi looked set for a shock result that would have lifted them to the second direct qualifying place after beating Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer in the Socceroos goal. But former Everton favourite Tim Cahill halved the deficit with a trademark header before Holman equalised with fierce shot five minutes remaining. Australia remain second on six points with six points from five matches.

Jordan 2-1 Japan
Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and Southampton’s Maya Yoshida were in the Japan side shocked in Amman, although the team remain on course to qualify. Kagawa pulled a goal back for Japan after they went 2-0 down but it was not enough.

Africa (CAF)

Group G: Egypt 2-1 Zimbabwe

Group H: Algeria 3-1 Benin


Solomon Islands 0-2 New Zealand

For a full list of teams and tables, go to

International friendlies

Brazil 1-1 Russia
Three Barclay Premier League players featured for Brazil in their draw against Russia at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar played the 90 minutes, as did Chelsea’s Oscar and David Luiz on familiar turf.

Canada 0-2 Belarus
Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson was a second-half substitute as Canada went down at home to Belarus in a feisty match in Doha on Monday.

Slovakia 0-0 Sweden
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel played the first half of the match, as did Sweden's and West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson. Fulham's Alex Kacaniklic featured for 61 minutes for Sweden.

Albania 4-1 Lithuania
Luxembourg 0-3 Finland
Peru 3-0 Trinidad & Tobago.            

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Key Points

  • Many players from the Barclays Premier League were in action World Cup qualifying across the world
  • Brett Holman and Shinji Kagawa on the scoresheet for their countries in Asia
  • Antonio Valencia's Ecuador march on but problems for Luis Suarez's Uruguay