World Cup qualifiers: Group C review

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With the group stage of the 2014 World Cup 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 C.    

Faroe Islands 0-3 Austria

After a routine away victory, Austria remained third in Group C behind Sweden and group winners Germany.

Andreas Ivanschitz scored the first, earning his team a minimal lead at the break.

Then two more goals scored in close succession in the second half rounded-off the match. The scorers were Sebastian Prodl four minutes after the hour mark and David Alaba three minutes later from the spot.

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Kazakhstan

The Boys in Green beat underdogs Kazakhstan at home, ending a somewhat disappointing campaign with a victory.

The guests drew first blood, unexpectedly going in front when Shomko netted 13 minutes in. However, the hosts quickly responded, levelling the score as Robbie Keane converted a penalty a few minutes after they had conceded.

John O’Shea put the hosts in front less than 10 after the equaliser before Shomko netted again in the second half, on the opposite side this time, putting the match beyond doubt.

Sweden 3-5 Germany

In a thrilling encounter the top two from Group C went head-to-head for bragging rights, as Germany had already ensured first place.

Hysen scored the opener within six minutes before Kacaniklic extended the host’s lead. It seemed as though the Swedes would have a comfortable lead at the break.

However, Arsenal’s midfield magician, Mesut Ozil had other plans, pulling one back just before half-time.

The guests went on to net four more goals in the second half. First Goetze scored the equaliser and then Schurrle stole the show with an amazing hat-trick.

Hysen scored again between the Chelsea starlet’s second and third, making the scoreline a bit more acceptable.

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