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Saturday 07 September 2013

2014 World Cup: Costa Rica hit US hopes of finals

A review of Barclays Premier League players in action in American qualifying for 2014 World Cup

  • Ruiz helped to steer Costa Rica to a vital win over the United States

  • Everton's Howard was left to reflect on a result that dents the US chances of reaching Brazil

  • Sunderland's Altidore was unable to get a goal for the US after coming off the bench

  • CAmpbell, who is on Arsenal's books, scored the third goal for Costa Rica

  • Kagawa set up Japan's second goal in Osaka against Guatemala

  • Southampton defender Yoshida played the 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory

  • Sunderland forward Ji played only the first half in South Korea's victory over Haiti

Qualification for the FIFA 2014 World Cup resumed this weekend with nations across the world vying for a place to join Japan, Australia, South Korea, Iran and the host country Brazil. Here is an overview of the Barclays Premier League players in qualifying action in North, Central and South America as well as friendlies.

The African qualifiers that took place on Saturday and Sunday will be reviewed tomorrow.

North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF)

Costa Rica moved closer to a place in Brazil with a 3-1 win over the United States.

Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz was influential in a Costa Rica side also featuring Everton’s Bryan Oviedo. Joel Campbell, the Arsenal forward on loan at Olympiakos, scored Costa Rica’s third past Everton’s Tim Howard in the US goal. Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron played the 90 minutes for the US, while Sunderland forward Jozy Altidore was unable to reduce the deficit when coming on as a substitute.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez could not prevent Mexico suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Honduras. Hernandez came off the bench but could not find an equaliser against a Honduras side featuring Stoke City’s Wilson Palacios and Hull City’s Maynor Figueroa.

After seven rounds of the scheduled 10 matches, Costa Rica lead with 14 points, the US have 13, Honduras have 10 while Mexico are in fourth, outside the automatic qualification slots on eight points in the final stage six-team group.

Costa Rica 3-1 United States
Costa Rica:
Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
US: Tim Howard (Everton), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City). Subs: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Jozy Altidore (Sunderland; 71).

Mexico 1-2 Honduras
Mexico: Sub:
Javier Hernandez (Man Utd; 67)
Honduras: Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

Panama 0-0 Jamaica

South America (CONMEBOL)

A Uruguay side led by West Bromwich Albion’s Diego Lugano lifted their hopes of going to Brazil next year thanks to two goals from Liverpool forward Luis Suarez in a 2-1 victory over Peru.

Uruguay lie in fifth spot in the CONMEBOL group, three points behind Ecuador in the last automatic qualifying place.

Colombia and Chile moved to the brink of qualification with victories. Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia’s Ecuador lost 1-0 away to Colombia, while Cardiff City’s Gary Medel played the whole of Chile’s 3-0 home victory over Venezuela, for whom Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta was an unused substitute.

Colombia are level with Argentina on 26 points at the top of the nine-team group, two points ahead of Chile, who have two games to play, while the other top five teams have three. Ecuador is in fourth on 21 points.

Colombia 1-0 Ecuador
Ecuador:
Antonio Valencia (Man Utd)

Chile 3-0 Venezuela
Chile:
Gary Medel (Cardiff City)
Venezuela: Sub: Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)

Peru 1-2 Uruguay
Uruguay:
Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Diego Lugano (West Brom). Sub: Gaston Ramirez (Southampton).

Paraguay 4-0 Bolivia

Friendlies

In Asia, Barclays Premier League players were in friendly action for nations already qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won played the first half for South Korea as they beat Haiti 4-1, while Cardiff City midfielder Kim Bo-kyung came on as a 76th minute substitute in Incheon.

Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa played 75 minutes, during which he set up the second goal in Japan’s 3-0 victory against Guatemala in Osaka. Southampton defender Maya Yoshida also started for Japan and played the 90 minutes.

West Ham United’s Winston Reid started for New Zealand as they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 to reach the final of the OSN tournament against United Arab Emirates on Monday.

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Key Points

  • More than 20 players of the Barclays Premier League were in World Cup qualifying action in North, Central and South America
  • Fulham's Bryan Ruiz helped Costa Rica go top with a 3-1 win over the US
  • Liverpool's Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay boosted their hopes of going to Brazil
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