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International round-up - World Cup qualifiers

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 10 September 2013  - 23:20

Erik Lamela's Argentina booked their place in next summer's World Cup Finals with a 5-2 win against Paraguay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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The winger was an unused substitute as Lionel Messi scored twice in Asuncion to secure an automatic place via South American qualifying.

The race to Brazil is set to go to the wire for a number of our players after Tuesday night's qualifying results.

Christian Eriksen was in fine form for Denmark as they clinched a vital 1-0 win in Armenia.

The playmaker was denied by home goalkeeper Gevorg Kasparov either side of the break and his team took maximum points via Daniel Agger's penalty.

The win moved the Danes up to third in Group B. Italy have already qualified, but Denmark can finish runners-up as they go into the final two matches just one point behind second-placed Bulgaria.

They face a huge game at home to Italy on October 11 before facing struggling Malta on October 15.

In Group D, Vlad Chiriches suffered a blow as Romania lost 2-0 at home to Turkey.

Vlad skippered the team again in Bucharest. They slip down to fourth but remain level on points with Turkey and just one behind second-placed Hungary.

The good news for Vlad is that Romania now face the group's bottom two teams Andora and Estonia while rivals Turkey and Hungary have to play each other in October.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's Iceland moved up to second in Group E after Tuesday night's 2-1 win against Albania in Reykjavik.

Gylfi struck the post early on, Albania then took the lead but goals from Birkir Bjarnason and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson saw them home.

Iceland now face struggling Cyprus on October 11 before finishing the group stage at Norway on October 15. Meanwhile, Norway have to play Slovenia.

Iceland are chasing their first qualification for a major tournament.

Hugo Lloris captained France, who finally rediscovered their scoring touch against Belarus to move level on points with Spain in Group I.

They needed to as well as the home side went ahead twice before France kicked-on to win 4-2.

However, it still looks unlikely that France will win the group and qualify automatically as Spain finish the group with home matches against Belarus and Georgia. France complete qualifying against Finland on October 15.