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Wednesday 11 September 2013

2014 World Cup: Costa Rica, US and Argentina reach Brazil finals

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

  • Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard celebrates United States's qualification for the World Cup

  • Man City's Sergio Aguero was on target as Argentina reached next year's finals

  • Man United's Nani was on the losing side for Portugal against Brazil

  • Chelsea's David Luiz and Ramires congratulate Neymar on his goal for Brazil

  • Shinji Kagawa (centre) scored in Japan's victory over Ghana

There were 14 Barclays Premier League players involved in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL qualifying on Tuesday night as United States and Argentina confirmed their place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

CONCACAF

Seven players from the Barclays Premier League appeared in CONCACAF qualifying on a successful night for United States and Costa Rica.

United States 2-0 Mexico
The US secured their berth with victory in Columbus as a team for whom Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was the only Barclays Premier League representative in the starting XI beat a Mexico side for whom Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez played the 90 minutes.

United States: Tim Howard (Everton). Sub: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)
Mexico:
Javier Hernandez (Man Utd)

Jamaica 1-1 Costa Rica
Costa Rica qualified despite a late equaliser in Kingston from Jamaica. Fulham's Bryan Ruiz started the match as captain, while Everton's Bryan Oviedo remained on the bench. Jamaica had Crystal Palace's new signing Adrian Mariappa in their defence.

Jamaica: Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).
Costa Rica:
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham). Sub: Bryan Oviedo (Everton).

Honduras 2-2 Panama
Wilson Palacios
scored but the qualification hopes of the Stoke City midfielder and those of Hull City's Maynor Figueroa with Honduras were damaged by a late Panama equaliser in Tegucigalpa. Honduras remain in the third and final automatic qualifying spot on 11 points, three above Panama and Mexico with two matches remaining.

Honduras: Maynor Figueroa (Hull City), Wilson Palacios (Stoke City).

CONMEBOL

Seven more Barclays Premier League representatives were on show in South American qualifying as Argentina secured their place at next year's finals in neighbouring Brazil.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was among the goals as Argentina ensured qualification with victory, while Liverpool's Luis Suarez helped Uruguay remain in contention to join the Albiceleste in Brazil next year with a win over Colombia.

Paraguay 2-5 Argentina
Aguero
continued his free-scoring form as Argentina returned to the top of the group with victory in Asuncion. Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini and Man City's Pablo Zabaleta played the 90 minutes in Argentina’s defence, while new Spurs signing Erik Lamela remained on the away side’s bench.

Argentina: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United), Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero (both Man City). Sub: Erik Lamela (Spurs).

Bolivia 1-1 Ecuador
A draw in La Paz helped Antonio Valencia's Ecuador remain in the fourth and final automatic qualifying spot. The Manchester United winger played the 90 minutes.

Ecuador: Antonia Valencia (Man Utd).

Uruguay 2-0 Colombia
Liverpool
's Luis Suarez and second-half substitute Gaston Ramirez, of Southampton, helped Uruguay move level with Ecuador on points thanks to two late goals in Montevideo.

Uruguay: Luis Suarez (Liverpool). Sub: Gaston Ramirez (Southampton; 71).

Venezuela 3-2 Peru
Fulham
defender Fernando Amorebieta played the 90 minutes for Venezuela, who remained three points behind Uruguay with victory over Peru in Puerto La Cruz.

Venezuela: Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)

Friendlies

There were 17 further players from the English top flight in international friendly action with summer signings Jesus Navas, of Manchester City, and Roberto Soldado, of Tottenham Hotspur, both on target for Spain.

Japan 3-1 Ghana
Shinji Kagawa
, of Manchester United, equalised as Japan came from behind to win in Yokohama. Southampton's Maya Yoshida played the entire match in the home defence.

Japan: Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd; sub: 85).

Brazil 3-1 Portugal
Chelsea
's David Luiz played the whole match and his club-mates Ramires and Oscar a combined 90 minutes in the victory in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Manchester United winger Nani featured for Portugal.

Brazil: David Luiz (Chelsea), Ramires (Chelsea; 60), Paulinho (Spurs; 83). Sub: Oscar (Chelsea: 60).
Portugal: Nani (Man Utd).

Spain 2-2 Chile
Man City
's Jesus Navas scored an injury time equaliser as the world champions avoided defeat to Chile in Geneva. Spurs striker Roberto Soldado netted the first equaliser against a Chile team that featured Cardiff City's Gary Medel. Man City's Javier Garcia played 78 minutes while Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal, of Arsenal, played the whole match.

Spain: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Javier Garcia (Man City; 78); Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Roberto Soldado (Spurs;  66). Subs: Jesus Navas (Man City; 46), Alvaro Negredo (Man City; 66).
Chile: Gary Medel (Cardiff City).

South Korea 1-2 Croatia
Cardiff City
's Kim Bo-kyung played the 90 minutes as South Korea went down in Jeonju to a Croatia team who had Southampton's Dejan Lovren in their defence. Sunderland's Ji Dong-won was an unused sub on Korean bench.

South Korea: Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City). Sub: Ji Dong-won (Sunderland).
Croatia: Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

Nigeria 4-1 Burkina Faso
Newcastle United
's Shola Ameobi scored for Nigeria in their comfortable win in Kaduna.
Nigeria: Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United; 68).

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Key Points

  • Fourteen Barclays Premier League were in World Cup qualifying action in North, Central and South America
  • Everton's Tim Howard helped United States reach FIFA World Cup finals while Fulham's Bryan Ruiz did likewise for Costa Rica
  • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored as Argentina reached next year's tournament in Brazil