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Tottenham Hotspur players celebrating after Belgium qualify for the World Cup finals
A trio of Spurs players were celebrating last night after Belgium booked their place at the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002.
Jan Vertonghen played the full 90 minutes, while Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele came off the bench as the Belgians beat Croatia 2-1 to ensure they will finish top of Group A. Both goals were scored by Chelsea’s on-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
While Andros Townsend was playing a starring role for England as they moved to within a win of joining Belgium in Brazil, Gylfi Sigurdsson could also be heading to South America next summer after he scored the second goal in Iceland’s 2-0 win against Cyprus in Group E.
Iceland now need to beat Norway on Tuesday to secure a play-off place, something Denmark could also achieve.
Christian Eriksen hit the woodwork as the Danes came close to beating Italy, but an injury-time Alberto Aquilani equaliser secured a 2-2 draw in Group B.
Denmark now face bottom-of-the-group Malta in their final qualifier but Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Armenia are also in the running for second spot.
Another nation still in the hunt for the play-offs are Romania and Vlad Chiriches played the full 90 minutes as they saw off Andorra 4-0.
The Romanians are currently behind second-placed Turkey on goal difference but they will fancy their chances of reversing those placings as they take on Estonia on Tuesday, while the Turks have to travel to Group D winners Holland. The Dutch demolished Hungary 8-1 last night.
Trailing leaders Spain by three points, France are already certain of the runners-up spot in Group I and they were in friendly action on Friday, with Hugo Lloris playing the whole game as Australia were thumped 6-0.
Argentina have already secured their place in Brazil and Erik Lamela played the final ten minutes in yesterday’s 3-1 win against Peru.
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