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Wednesday 17 October 2012

2014 World Cup: Dempsey double rallies USA; Hernandez on song

Transatlantic 2014 FIFA World Cup qualfiers featuring Barclays Premier League players are reviewed

  • Clint Dempsey celebrates one of his two goals that helped USA overcome Guatemala 3-1

  • Sergio Aguero fires in a shot during Argentina's 2-1 win in Chile

  • Luis Suarez scored but Uruguay fell to another defeat in La Paz

  • Brett Holman (left) battles for possession as Australia rallied to edge a 2-1 away win in Iraq

  • Javier Hernandez (right) is mobbed after giving Mexico a 2-0 lead against El Salvador

Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States came from behind to beat Guatemala and reach the final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Javier Hernandez assured Mexico's safe passage to the same stage, while Luis Suarez scored on another night to forget for Uruguay, who lost heavily for the second match in succession.


Group A

Tottenham Hotspur forward Clint Dempsey scored two and set up a third as a United States side including Everton's Tim Howard reached next year's final round of World Cup qualifying after coming from behind to complete a 3-1 victory against Guatemala.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side, for whom Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was an unused substitute, went through along with Jamaica, who scraped into the next stage at the expense of Guatemala on goal difference, thanks to a 4-1 defeat of Antigua and Barbuda. Reading's Adrian Mariappa also looked on from the bench for the Reggae Boyz.

Group B

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez came off the bench to score as Mexico finished top of Group B with a convincing 2-0 win against El Salvador. They qualify for the final round along with Costa Rica, whose final group match was a 7-0 thrashing of Guyana.

Although Fulham's Bryan Ruiz missed out with a groin injury, Everton’s Bryan Oviedo was in the starting line-up and was joined midway through the second half by Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who is on loan at Real Betis.

Group C

In another closely contested section Honduras and Panama qualified with 11 points each. Canada, for whom Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson played for 62 minutes, only needed a draw to progress but their 8-1 thrashing by a Honduras side including Wigan Athletic's Maynor Figueroa put paid to their World Cup dream. Panama's 1-1 draw with Cuba put them through instead.


Group A: Jamaica 4-1 Antigua and Barbuda, United States 3-1 Guatemala
Group B: Costa Rica 7-0 Guyana, Mexico 2-0 El Salvador
Group C: Cuba 1-1 Panama, Honduras 8-1 Canada


Argentina edged closer to the 2014 World Cup finals with their fifth victory in six games away to Chile. Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta both started in the 2-1 victory against a home side featuring West Bromwich Albion's Gonzalo Jara and Wigan's Jean Beausejour.

The Albiceleste moved three points clear at the top from Ecuador, who were held to a 1-1 draw in Venezuela despite the presence of Manchester United's Antonio Valencia in the visitors' line-up.

A late goal from Liverpool's Luis Suarez was merely a consolation for Uruguay as they lost by a three-goal margin for the second match in a row, going down 4-1 against Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz. Suarez's club-mate Sebastian Coates was an unused substitute.


Bolivia 4-1 Uruguay, Paraguay 1-0 Peru, Venezuela 1-1 Ecuador, Chile 1-2 Argentina


Group A

Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah started for Iran in their 1-0 victory over South Korea in Tehran. The win put Iran level with their opponents, for whom Swansea City’s Ki Sung-yeung played the whole match, at the top of Group A on seven points.

Group B

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Aston Villa midfielder Brett Holman played the whole 90 minutes as Australia came from behind to beat Iraq 2-1 with two goals in the final 10 minutes.

Former Everton hero Tim Cahill equalised for the Socceroos, for whom Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones was an unused substitute in Doha. Australia are second in Group B with five points after four games. The top two in each group automatically qualify.


Group A: Qatar 0-1 Uzbekistan; Iran 1-0 South Korea
Group B:
Oman 2-1 Jordan; Iraq 1-2 Australia


Queens Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen returned from injury to captain New Zealand to a 3-0 success against Tahiti in his hometown of Christchurch on Tuesday to maintain their 100% record.

West Ham United defender Winston Reid did not feature because of lower-back and hamstring pain, while West Bromwich Albion's Chris Wood, who is on loan at Millwall, was an unused substitute.

The All Whites lead the qualifying table after four games, three points ahead of New Caledonia.


New Zealand 3-0 Tahiti; New Caledonia 5-0 Solomon Islands.


Chelsea's David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires all started for Brazil as the World Cup hosts racked up their sixth win in a row with a 4-0 triumph against a Japan side featuring Southamption defender Maya Yoshida and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa in the Polish city of Wroclaw.

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Key Points

  • FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifiers took place in North, Central and South America and Asia on Tuesday night
  • Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey scores twice as USA come back to beat Guatemala 3-1
  • Manchester United's Javier Hernandez on the mark for Mexico, who also progress to final round