With only one match left in the European qualifiers, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany clinched their place in the world cup with wins over Croatia, Albania and Ireland. England took a huge step towards securing their spot in Brazil with a big win at Wembley over Montenegro, needing one more win to finish the job and finish first in the qualifying group. In the biggest surprise of the evening, Israel drew 1-1 with Portugal in Lisbon, although it won’t change the status of the top two in group F.

Netherlands got to stamp the most impressive result of the night, beating Hungary 8-1, which means Hungary are out of the world cup picture, even though it didn’t mean anything to the Dutch.

England v Montenegro - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Group A

Belgium clinched the top spot in the group, making it to the World Cup with a big 2-1 win over Croatia in Zagreb, getting an impressive and powerful brace from Romelu Lukaku, while Niko Kranjcar scored a late goal that didn’t help the hosts. In Wales, the home side beat Macedonia 1-0 through a Simon Church goal.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Belgium9810173+1425
 Croatia9522127+517
 Serbia93241310+311
 Wales9306819−119
 Scotland9225612−68
 Macedonia9216611−57

 Group B

A huge win for Armenia, taking advantage of Bulgaria remaining with nine men, getting goals from Aras Özbiliz at the end of the first half and a late winner from Yura Movsisyan. Yvelin Popov scored an equalizer that last 26 minutes for the visitors. In Copenhagen, Denmark drew 2-2 with Italy, getting a surprising brace from Nickland Bendtner. Alberto Aquliani scored the equalizer in the 90th minute, and Pablo Osvaldo scored the opener for the Italians. The Czech Republic comfortably won at Malta (4-1), getting goals from Tomas Hübschman, David Lafata, Michal Kadlec and Tomas Pekhart.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Italy9630177+1021
 Bulgaria9342148+613
 Denmark93421112−113
 Czech Republic9333129+312
 Armenia94051011−112
 Malta9108522−173

 Group C

Germany clinched their place in the World Cup with a harder-than-it-looked 3-0 win over Ireland, getting a first half goal from Sami Khedira, while Andre Schurrle and and Mesut Ozil added in the second half. Sweden also took a huge step towards making the playoffs at least, beating Austria 2-1, coming back from an early Martin Harnik goals through Martin Olsson and the 86th minute winner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Germany9810317+2425
 Sweden9621169+720
 Austria94231710+714
 Republic of Ireland93241315−211
 Kazakhstan9126518−135
 Faroe Islands9018426−221

 Group D

The Netherlands, with nothing to play for, humiliated Hungary 8-1 in Amsterdam, enjoying the scoring services of Robin van Persie (3), Kevin Strootman, Jeremain Lens, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart, Arjen Robben and an own goal from Szllard Devecseri. Turkey enjoyed a big win over Estonia 2-0 through Umut Bulut and Burak Yilmaz, while Romania easily beat Andorra 4-0, getting goals from Claudiu Keseru, Bogdan Stancu, Gabriel Torje and Costin Lazar.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Netherlands9810325+2725
 Turkey9513167+916
 Romania95131712+516
 Hungary94231920−114
 Estonia9216618−127
 Andorra9009028−280

 Group E

Switzerland clinch their place in the World Cup, winning in Albania with goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Michael Lang, with Hamdi Salihi scoring a late goal that meant nothing. Slovenia beat Norway 3-0 to throw them out of the race for the World Cup, as Milivoje Novakovic scored a hat trick. Iceland beat Cyprus 2-0 (Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson) to remain in the second spot.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Switzerland9630166+1021
 Iceland95131614+216
 Slovenia95041410+415
 Norway9324912−311
 Albania9315911−210
 Cyprus9117415−114

 Group F

Russia had no problem beating Luxembourg 4-0 with goals from Aleksandr Samedov, Victor Fayzulin, Denis Glushakov and Alexandr Kerzhakov. Portugal messed up big time at home against Israel with only a 1-1 draw, keeping them in second place. Ricardo Costa scored for Portugal, Eden Ben Basat equalized for Israel.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Russia9702194+1521
 Portugal8521168+817
 Israel83321712+512
 Azerbaijan9153610−48
 Northern Ireland9135816−86
 Luxembourg9135723−166

 Group G

Bosnia and Greece kept their top two places, with Bosnia on top thanks to the goal difference. The Bosnian team beat Liechtenstein 4-1, with goals from Edin Dzeko (twice), Zvjezdan Misimovic and Vedad Ibisevic. Greece had a hard time against Slovakia, winning 1-0 with Martin Skrtel scoring an own goal.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Bosnia and Herzegovina9711296+2322
 Greece9711104+622
 Slovakia933398+112
 Lithuania9324910−111
 Latvia9216818−107
 Liechtenstein9027423−192

 Group H

England are almost through to the World Cup with a big 4-1 win at home over the very tough Montenegro, getting goals from Wayne Rooney, Andros Townsend, Daniel Sturridge and an own goal from Branko Boskovic. Ukraine moved to second place and now need to hope for an England slip up, beating Poland 1-0 with a goal from Andriy Yarmolenko.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 England9540284+2619
 Ukraine9531214+1718
 Montenegro94321612+415
 Poland93421810+813
 Moldova9225715−88
 San Marino9009146−450

Group I

Spain pretty much clinched their spot in the next World Cup with a 2-1 win over Belarus, enjoying second half goals from Xavi and Alvaro Negredo, while Sergei Kornilenko’s goal didn’t help the visitors.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Spain7520123+917
 France7421126+614
 Finland723256−19
 Georgia712438−55
 Belarus8116716−94