European powers eye early passage to World Cup
BERLIN — Italy could qualify for the 2014 World Cup by beating the Czech Republic on Tuesday, while Germany and the Netherlands are also hoping to seal their tickets to the big event in Brazil. The picture in European qualifying will come clearer on Tuesday when 23 matches are being played before the last two group matches in October. Injury-hit Italy suffered in a 1-0 win Friday over Bulgaria, with keeper Gianluigi Buffon rescuing the victory, and coach Cesare Prandelli has warned it could be another hard night against the Czechs.
The Netherlands dropped their first points in a 2-2 draw at Estonia on Friday but are six points clear in Group D ahead of a trip to Andorra, with their superior goal difference expected to be enhanced. They will definitely be through if Romania fail to beat Turkey, while Hungary host Estonia in the race for a possible play-off place.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business DaySimilar Stories