With the 2014 World Cup just a year away, the qualifying matches have taken even greater importance as teams head towards the finish line.
Here we take a look at how the European sides of group B got on this past week:
Armenia 0-1 Malta
In a match-up of David vs. David, Malta managed to secure an away victory against Armenia in Yerevan, hindering the host’s already faint chances of going through. Michael Misfud was the scorer early in the match as his team earned their first points of the qualifiers.
Czech Republic 0-0 Italy
The stalemate in Prague ended Italy’s four-game winning streak. Nevertheless they’ll be happy with the point after putting in a lackluster performance. The Czech’s had a few decent chances throughout the match, and will probably be kicking themselves for not capitalising on Mario Balotelli’s dismissal in the 71st minute. Those extra three points would have come in handy at this stage of the qualifiers.
Denmark 0-4 Armenia
In a disastrous match for the hosts, underdogs Armenia managed to equal the biggest win in the history of their national team with a four-nil thrashing. The guests took the lead after only 24 seconds through Movsisyan. Ozbiliz scored the second in the 19th minute leaving the Danes shell-shocked. Movsisyan added another goal to his tally in the second half, before Mkhitaryan delivered the final blow. The unexpected defeat leaves Denmark with a slim chance of progressing, but on the other hand, this match won’t soon be forgotten in Armenia.
It’s highly unlikely Italy will fall below first place, leaving Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to battle it out for the second qualifying round. Armenia and Denmark are left with a faint chance of progressing, but a chance nonetheless.
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