World Cup qualifiers

2018 FIFA World Cup

Five of the Best Goals from this week’s International Break – essentiallysports.com

Let’s face it, International breaks can be a drag at times. In contrast to the…

U.S. to host friendlies against Iceland and Canada

NEW YORK (Reuters) – United States will begin the New Year with two friendlies in…

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez hits out after flurry of cards in Chile defeat

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Alexis Sanchez launched another fusillade in Chile’s football feud with Uruguay after…

U.S. held in qualifier, wins for Mexico and Costa Rica

(Reuters) – The United States were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Trinidad and…

Lucas Biglia

Biglia goal gives Argentina vital win over Colombia

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (Reuters) – Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia scored a 20th minute goal to kick-start…

Top African sides reach World Cup qualifying group stage

By Mark Gleeson DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – Africa‚Äôs top sides all booked places in…

Second half goals ease Nigeria past brave Swaziland

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose eased Nigeria into the…

Japan

Japan top in World Cup group after struggle to beat Cambodia

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Japan edged closer to their sixth World…

Qatar first to qualify for Asian Cup, Iran win

By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Qatar became the first side to book a spot…

Tim Cahill

Cahill bags hat-trick as Australia thump Bangladesh 4-0

DHAKA (Reuters) – Tim Cahill scored his first international hat-trick in over a decade as…

Hong Kong

Hong Kong dents China’s World Cup football dream in qualifier

By James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong held China to a nil-nil draw…

Gerardo Martino

Argentine FA chief backs beleaguered coach Martino

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s worst start to a World Cup qualifying campaign does not…

Dunga Brazil

Unpopular Dunga urges fans to get behind Brazil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil have never lost a match in Salvador’s Fonte Nova stadium…

DR Congo, Morocco advance in World Cup qualification

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo both…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang banishes unhappy memories as Gabon advance

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang banished ghosts of the past with…

CONCACAF Mexico

CONCACAF big guns start with wins on road to Russia

REUTERS – CONCACAF big guns Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica all got off…

Everton’s Martinez hopes Funes Mori returns injury-free

REUTERS – Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said he hopes defender Ramiro Funes Mori comes…

Gerardo Martino

Brazil will counter-attack against Argentina, says Martino

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Brazil will sit back and absorb Argentina pressure before breaking out…

Mozambique, Zambia edge first legs of World Cup qualifiers

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique’s Helder Pelembe scored with a powerful strike early in the second…

Neymar the best in the world right now, says Dunga

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Neymar is the best player in the world…

Jaded Japan plot Singapore sting

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A weary Japan are out for revenge when they take on Singapore…

Carlos Tevez

Injured Tevez out of Argentina World Cup qualifiers

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has pulled out of their squad for…

Paul Aguilar

Mexico defender Aguilar out of World Cup qualifiers

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Defender Paul Aguilar, who scored a dramatic winner when Mexico beat…

Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho named in Nigeria squad for World Cup qualifiers

LAGOS (Reuters) – Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is set for his international debut after…

Mile Jedinak

Jedinak and Ryan back in the Socceroos’ squad

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Skipper Mile Jedinak and goalkeeper Mat Ryan have returned to Australia’s squad…

Argentina recall Higuain for Brazil, Colombia qualifiers

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina, still without the injured Lionel Messi and goalless in their…

Barcelona's Neymar gestures as he arrives for a training session at Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona

Neymar returns from ban for Brazil showdown with Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Neymar has been recalled for Brazil’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers…

Brazil

Willian scores twice as Brazil beat Venezuela 3-1

REUTERS – Willian scored after 40 seconds and added a second just before the break…

Chile

Sanchez inspires Chile to 4-3 win over Peru

LIMA (Reuters) – Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas scored two goals each as Chile beat…

Uruguay

Uruguay thrash Colombia in World Cup qualifier

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Uruguay earned a second consecutive World Cup qualifying win after goals from…