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World Cup Qualifying Scenarios At A Glance

world cup 2014Most of the field for Brazil 2014 will be settled tomorrow with big qualifiers in Europe, South America and CONCACAF. Here is a look at who needs to do what to qualify.

CONCACAF
The USA and Costa Rica have already qualified for Brazil leaving one automatic place up for grabs. Honduras have their destiny in their own hands as a draw against Jamaica will see them qualify. If they lose, and Mexico wins by more than two goals, Mexico will finish third and Honduras will meet New Zealand in a playoff.

The nightmare solution for Mexico is if they lose to Costa Rica, and Panama beats the U.S. as Panama will finish fourth keeping Mexico home.

South America
This one is pretty straightforward. Chile and Ecuador meet in Santiago and a draw will send both teams to Brazil next summer.

Uruguay’s hope is that the game in Chile somehow ends up with a result and they thump Argentina at home. If that doesn’t happen, then Uruguay will meet Jordan in a playoff for Brazil.

Europe
The most complicated due to the number of teams involved. In Group B, Bulgaria are the most likely to progress to the play-offs and they will finish second if they beat the Czech Republic.

In Group D, Turkey will finish second if they match Romania and Hungary’s results and, in the event of a win, hope that Romania do not better their victory margin by five goals.

Group G is a straight battle between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece for first and second. Bosnia will win the group and qualify automatically if they win against Lithuania, with Greece realistically needing to better the Bosnian’s result in their match against Liechtenstein due to the huge goal difference between the two sides.

England will reach Brazil with a win against Poland, and a draw will only be enough if Ukraine fail to overcome bottom side San Marino. Therefore, Mikhail Fomenko’s side need to better England’s result to qualify automatically. Both sides are guaranteed a play-off place if they finish second.

Spain need one more point to guarantee their ticket to Brazil to defend their World Cup crown. If they lose against Georgia, France can only overtake them if they beat Finland by a sufficient margin to better Spain’s goal difference in the final table – there are three goals between the sides at present. Both sides are guaranteed at least a play-off spot.

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