World Cup Qualifying: England, Spain, Russia Punch Tickets To Brazil

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Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Romania and Iceland also finished second in their groups, winding up in Mondays draw for the eight-team European playoffs next month along with Sweden and Croatia. The four playoff winners also will earn berths. With a population of just over 300,000, Iceland would be the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, at about 1.3 million, was at the 2006 tournament in Germany. The seedings for the playoffs will be determined by Thursdays FIFA rankings. Denmark (4-2-4) had the poorest record among the nine second-place teams and missed out on a playoff berth. Bosnia (8-1-1) won 1-0 at Lithuania on Vedad Ibisevics 68th-minute goal to win Group G on goal difference over Greece. Bosnia-Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1992. Almost 10,000 fans jumped, cried and screamed Vamos Bosnia or Go Bosnia when Ibisevic scored in Kaunas. Fans headed to the airport after the game to wait for their team to arrive in the middle of the night and join the party. Greece (8-1-1) defeated visiting Liechtenstein 2-0 as Dimitris Salpingidis scored in the seventh minute and Giorgos Karagounis added a goal in the 81st. Russia (7-2-1) won Group F with a 1-1 tie at Azerbaijan as Roman Shirokov scored in the 15th. Portugal (6-1-3) finished a point back after defeating visiting Luxembourg 3-0 on goals by Silvestre Varela, Nani and Helder Postiga.

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Russia, Tofik Bakhramov in Baku Tuesday 15 October, 4 p.m. (BST) Watch Live: Al Jazeera Sport +4 Live Stream: Check Live on Sat for full details. Russia need just one point to guarantee their place at next summer’s World Cup. Fabio Capello’s side currently sit three points ahead of Portugal in Group F and have a play-off place to fall back on at the very least. A solid performance is needed to overpower Azerbaijan. Portugal’s fixture against Luxembourg is as close to a given as international football ever produces, especially when you consider the minnows have just one win in nine qualifying matches this campaign. Group F Standings 6 FIFA.com. The trip to Baku isn’t a gruelling one for the Russians. With Baku sitting just south of Russia’s east border, Capello’s team will be well-rested and ready to outplay their opponents. The teams met almost a year to the day on Oct. 16, 2012, but as the Moscow crowd found out, Azerbaijan are capable of making a nuisance of themselves. A late Roman Shirokov penalty notched a 1-0 victory in a match that saw the visitors fall just short of an excellent draw. Azerbaijan’s recent 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland produced their only three points of the qualifying campaign, as Berti Vogts’ team continue to stutter with draws. Russia haven’t been quite as accommodating.

View gallery Azerbaijan’s Qara Qarayev (R) fights for the ball with Russia’s Aleksei Kozlov during their 2014 World MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia clinched a place in the 2014 World Cup finals with a 1-1 draw away to Azerbaijan on Tuesday thanks to an early goal from Roman Shirokov that secured top spot in Group F and consigned Portugal to the playoffs. Fabio Capello’s Russia, who have not reached the World Cup since 2002, led from the 15th minute when Shirokov found himself one-on-one with keeper Kamran Agayev following Alexander Samedov’s through ball. Shirokov feinted to shoot and as Agayev dropped to one knee the quick-thinking forward steered the ball inside the post. “Today was a good match. We had numerous moments to excel but at times we were not lucky, at times the goalkeeper played very well. The Azeri team had one chance, and they used it,” Russian wire Itar-Tass quoted Capello as saying. Azerbaijan had Maksim Medvedev sent off in the 73rd minute after a tackle on Shirokov but managed to equalize when Vagif Javadov headed past Igor Akinfeev in the 90th minute. However, the visitors, who will host the 2018 World Cup finals, held on to secure a ticket to next year’s tournament in Brazil with 22 points from 10 matches, one point above second-placed Portugal who can still qualify via next month’s playoffs. The Russians, who dominated the game and would have scored more goals but for Agayev who saved eight attempts on target, were booed and pelted with rubbish at the end of the match at Baku’s 8 KM stadium until the Azeri players signaled for calm. (Reporting by Thomas Grove; editing by Ken Ferris) Soccer

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11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. (AP Photo)The Associated Press In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. Snowden, who is charged by a U.S. court with violating the Espionage Act for disclosing the classified NSA programs, has been granted asylum in Russia. (AP Photo)The Associated Press Next Slide Previous Slide BRASILIA, Brazil Brazil’s Federal Police and a Senate investigative panel said Tuesday they want to question National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to learn more about the spying program that targeted Latin America’s biggest country. According to information leaked by Snowden, President Dilma Rousseff’s communications with aides were intercepted, the computer network of state-run oil company Petrobras was hacked and data on billions of emails and telephone calls flowing through Brazil were monitored by the NSA. “For our investigation, questioning Snowden is a top priority,” said Jose Alberto Freitas, the head of the intelligence sector of Brazil’s Federal Police, before a Senate committee investigating the NSA spy program. “He could provide technical details that will help our investigation advance.” Ricardo Ferraco, who heads the committee, said that on Thursday he will ask the Russian government for permission to speak to Snowden via a video conference. Snowden received asylum in Russia in August.