World Cup 2014 — 27 March 2013

Mario Balotelli scored twice as Italy won 2-0 in MaltaThere were some crucial results in last night’s European qualifiers for the World Cup in 2014.

One of the biggest came in Paris, where Spain defeated France 1-0 in the Stade De France. The only goal of the game came from Barcelona star Pedro.

The victory moved Spain one point above the home side in Group I. The victory gives Los Rojas the advantage in the group.

In Group H, Montenegro and England drew 1-1 in Podgorica. England started brightly and Wayne Rooney headed the Three Lions into an early lead, after earlier being denied by the post. The home side came out like a different side in the second half.

The home side deservedly equalised in the 77th minute through substitute Dejan Damjanovic. The draw leaves Montenegro as the leaders of the group by one point and looking good to clinch top spot.

In Group B, Italy won 2-0 in Malta to hold on to top spot, both of the goals coming from AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli in the first period. The victory left Italy top of the group by three points, after second place Bulgaria drew 1-1 in Denmark.

Stanislav Manolev gave the visitors the lead early in the second half, only for Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger to restore parity from the penalty spot. Three second half goals gave the Czech Republic a 3-0 victory in Armenia.

On-loan Watford striker Matej Vydra scored a double with Daniel Kolar adding a third deep into stoppage-time.  The victory leaves the Czech’s two points behind second-place Bulgaria with a game in-hand.

Group A saw Belgium defeat Macedonia 1-0 through an Eden Hazard second half strike. Croatia rescued a late 2-1 victory in Wales. Gareth Bale gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot in the first half. Goals in the last 15 minutes from Dejan Lovren and Eduardo kept the Croats level with Belgium on points at the top of the group table.

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