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World Cup qualifiers: Group A review

Can Hazard & co go all the way? (©GettyImages)
Can Hazard & co go all the way? (©GettyImages).

With the group stage of the 2014 World Cup European qualifiers over, nine national teams have already booked a place in Brazil.

Soon another four teams will be joining them, making it 13 participants from the European bracket.

Here we look at what went down on the final match day in Group A.

Serbia 5-1 FYR Macedonia

Serbia outclassed their neighbours, showing some signs of promise with a good run at the end of a poor campaign. The Eagles were a goal up 16 minutes in after Ristovski put the ball past his own keeper. Dusan Basta extended the lead soon after, before Manchester City's Kolarov scored from the spot in the 36th minute. The hosts added two more goals to their tally in the second half through Tadic and Scepovic, before Jahovic scored a consolation goal.

Belgium 1-1 Wales

Wales managed to keep group A winners Belgium at bay in Brussels for more than an hour before Chelsea starlet Kevin De Bruyne broke the deadlock.

However, in-form Aaron Ramsey scored a late equaliser ensuring his team didn't go home empty-handed. The assist was provided by the long-serving Craig Bellamy, who earned his 78th cap for the national team.

Scotland 2-0 Croatia

Scotland offered hope of a brighter future as they pulled-off a remarkable double over a tough Croatian side. Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass put his team in front just before the half-hour mark.

Bannan was offered the opportunity to give his side a two goal cushion in the second half, but he couldn't beat Pletikosa from the spot. Luckily for him Steven Naismith was there to put the ball at the back of the net. Despite losing the match, Croatia won't be too disappointed as they finished second behind Belgium, booking a spot in the play-offs.

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