16 October, 2012 - 09:32

The road to Brazil: 5 matches to watch in Europe on Tuesday

The road to Brazil: 5 matches to watch in Europe on Tuesday

Belgium – Scotland

After a resounding victory in Serbia on Friday, Belgium reached the top of the group, gaining confidence that the young and gifted players are finally creating a new and strong team. The side that was regarded as potential leader for a number of years has found its style. Belgium have not taken part in any major tournament since 2002 World Cup, yet this time it is ready to storm the qualifying campaign and the match against Scotland is crucial for reaching this goal.

Germany – Sweden

In the match against Ireland the German national team crushed down their opponents, grabbing a 6-1 victory with ease and power. However the match against Sweden could be a different story and the first reason for it is PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimović. German captain Philipp Lahm cautioned his teammates before the game: “He is an outstanding striker, a complete attacker and a leader of his team”. Germany that ended Euro 2012 with unexpected loss to Italy, right now shows the signs of progress and clear self-confidence that can bring them positive result.

Spain – France

Spain’s domination in Europe sees no end as the side overwhelmed Belarus 4-0 on Friday, thus winning its 24th consecutive qualifying match. The current world champions will put all the efforts to grab 3 points from Les Bleus, thus making a big step towards qualification to the World Cup 2014. France was defeated by Spain in last three games, yet the French head coach Didier Deschamps claimed: “We can surely bring something back from Madrid. It is obvious that Spain is the best team in the world yet we shouldn’t go there thinking a win is impossible.”

Poland – England

England scored 5 goals to beat San Marino and moved to the top of the Group H. Before the campaign England manager Roy Hodgson claimed his side started changing its philosophy and playing style, underlining: “We can get to the next tournament as then we will show the world that we are an even better football team than maybe we showed during this last one.” The match on Tuesday will show whether the Lions are worthy of their ambitions and can continue their positive run against Poland that includes 10 victories and 6 draws since 1973.

Romania – Netherlands

Romania started campaign with three victories in three matches, scoring seven goals. Their next match is against Netherlands, that is desperate to forget the terrible run at Euro 2012. Louis van Gaal is transforming the playing style of the team that now seems to have forgotten about the spectacular football it professed twenty years ago and switched to a more pragmatic approach.

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