WORLD CUP RESULTS-Wins for Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy

(Sporting Alert) — Captain and Midfield maestro Xavi returned to the starting line-up and Spain defeated 10-man France 1-0 to resume normal service in their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.

The world champions, with the win, moved back atop of Group I with 11 points with France second with 10.

Barcelona striker Pedro scored the all important goal for the defending World Cup and Euro champions when he guided home a cross by Nacho Monreal in the 58th minute.

Both teams had several chances to score, with France winger Franck Ribery get two and full-back Patrice Evra getting the best opportunities.

Their efforts though were brilliantly saved by Victor Valdes.

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie scored a brace, including a 64th minute penalty and made another and Netherlands beat Romania 4-0. Rafael van der Vaart and Jeremain Lens were the other scorers for Holland in the win.

In Swansea, Croatia came from a goal down to beat Wales 2-1, with Dejan Lovren and Eduardo scoring in the second half to cancel out Gareth Bale’s first half penalty kick.

Top man Mario Balotelli scored both goals for Italy to ease past Malta 2-0 on the road, while Matej Vydra fired home a brace for Czech Republic to stay in the hunt for a World Cup 2014 slot with a 3-0 victory at Armenia.

Germany, with two goals from Marco Reus and one each by Mario Gotze and Ilkay Gundogan, tagged Kazakhstan 4-1 in another running win in the qualifiers.

Elsewhere, Portugal, playing without the suspended Crisitano Ronaldo, beat Azerbaijan 2-0 with the goals coming from captain Bruno Alves and Hugo Almeida in the second half. Manchester United and Bayern Munich target Robert Lewandowski helped himself to two goals and Poland hammered San Marino 5-0 to close the gap on England, who surrendered it lead and were held 1-1 at Group F leaders Montenegro.

Lionel Messi and Argentina were held 1-1 at Bolivia, Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa was on the scoresheet, but Yasuhito Endo missed a 72nd minute penalty and Japan were upset 2-1 by Jordan, while Australia came from 2-0 down to tie 2-2 with Oman.

World Cup Results – March 27

WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group A
FT Serbia 2 : 0 Scotland
FT Wales 1 : 2 Croatia
FT Belgium 1 : 0 FYR Macedonia
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group B
FT Armenia 0 : 3 Czech Republic
FT Denmark 1 : 1 Bulgaria
FT Malta 0 : 2 Italy
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group C
FT Ireland 2 : 2 Austria
FT Germany 4 : 1 Kazakhstan
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group D
FT Estonia 2 : 0 Andorra
FT Turkey 1 : 1 Hungary
FT Netherlands 4 : 0 Romania
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group F
FT Azerbaijan 0 : 2 Portugal
FT Northern Ireland 0 : 2 Israel
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group H
20:0FT Ukraine 2 : 1 Moldova
FT Poland 5 : 0 San Marino
FT Montenegro 1 : 1 England
WORLD CUP: Europe, Qualification: Group I
FT France 0 : 1 Spain
FT Bolivia 1 : 1 Argentina
FT Ecuador 4 : 1 Paraguay
FT Chile 2 : 0 Uruguay
FT Venezuela 1 : 0 Colombia
WORLD CUP: Oceania. 3rd round
FT Soloman Islands 0 : 2 New Zealand
FT New Caledonia 1 : 0 Tahiti
WORLD CUP: Asia. 4rd round. Group B
FT Australia 2 : 2 Oman
WORLD CUP: Asia. 4rd round. Group A
FT Korea Republic 2 : 1 Qatar
FT Uzbekistan 1 : 0 Lebanon
WORLD CUP: Asia. 4rd round. Group B
FT Jordan 2 : 1 Japan
FT Costa Rica 2 : 0 Jamaica
FT Panama 2 : 0 Honduras
FT Mexico 0 : 0 USA
WORLD CUP: Africa, 2nd round, Group G
FT Egypt 2 : 1 Zimbabwe
WORLD CUP: Africa, 2nd round, Group H
FT Algeria 3 : 1 Benin


Omar Hall is a passionate writer. He covers several big events for SportingAlert, including the World Cup and European Championship. Omar is a fan of sports and is honored to do what he loves.

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