12 October, 2012 - 10:15

The big matches of the qualification campaign

The big matches of the qualification campaign


Fabio Capello’s side faces a tough opponent and is eager to give a fight to one of the best European sides. Russia won two previous qualifying matches, netting a ball six times and conceding just one. Portuguese fans are relieved after Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury was announced as unserious and Real Madrid star assured he would take part in the match.


One of the most promising national sides Belgium meets Serbia that played in a draw in their first match against Scotland. Belgium coach Marc Wilmots did not include in the starting lineup Marouane Fellaini, who was injured in the last Everton game.


Cesare Prandelli brought into the Italian side Marco Verratti and Stephan El Shaarawy, the young talents that can add speed and pace to the side’s performance. Italia already struggled to get points in the match against Bulagaria and their trip to Armenia is a new test for the team.


Both sides are potential contenders of the second place in the group and the match will show who is stronger and more determined at this moment. Bulgaria celebrated victories in both opening matches, finding the target six times.


One of the fastest progressing sides Bosnia-Herzegovina plays against Euro 2004 champions Greece. Despite never losing to Bosnia, Greece should keep an eye on the impressive attacking line of the opponents that includes Edin Dzeko, Zvjezdan Misimovic and Vedad Ibisevic.


Switzerland took the lead in the group from the first tour and the upcoming match against Norway is a great chance to add 3 more points to their record. Norway was surprisingly beaten by Iceland in the first match, but managed to pick three points in the game against Slovenia.


The big game between the strongest teams of the continent will see the Albiceleste trying to take 3 points in order to strengthen their lead in the group. Uruguay on the contrary had a run of poor results and Friday’s match can restore some pride and hope in the team.


Colombia hosts Paraguay after winning in the previous two matches and it is likely that Colombian attacking force of James Rodriguez, Teofilo Gutierrez and Radamel Falcao can put an end to Paraguay hopes to qualify to the World Cup.

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