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WCQ round-up - midweek action - Clint update

Posted on 27 March 2013  - 12:15

Clint Dempsey captained the USA to only the second point in their history at Mexico's famous Azteca Stadium in the early hours of Wednesday.

WCQ round-up - midweek action - Clint update

The US were up against it - statistics later showed efforts at goal 17-1 in Mexico's favour - but held on for a valuable draw in World Cup qualifying thanks to a couple of late saves from goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Clint completed the full 90 minutes.

It was the first time since 1997 that the USA have taken a draw at the Azteca.

The result means the final qualifying stage of the North/Central America and Caribbean zone - knows at the Hexagon - has closed up with Panama top on five points, Costa Rica, USA and Honduras on four, Costa Rica on three and Jamaica on two. The top three go straight to the finals in Brazil.

It was almost the perfect night for Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen in World Cup qualifying for Belgium.

The pair both started - Mousa went on to play 55 minutes, Jan completed the 90 - as Belgium beat Macedonia by the only goal in Brussels.

However, it looked like Wales and Spurs team-mate Gareth Bale were going to give their qualification hopes a further boost against rivals Croatia.

Gareth fired Wales into the lead from the penalty spot and then missed a one-on-one chance as Chris Coleman's team impressed in the first half at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

But it wasn't to be as Dejan Lovren's long-distance effort flew home for the equaliser on 77 minutes and Eduardo grabbed maximum points with only three minutes remaining.

Gareth completed the full 90 minutes for Wales.

The results mean it's as you were in Group A with Belgium top via goal difference from Croatia.

Spain showed just why their are World and European champions with a vital win when it mattered against Hugo Lloris' France in Group I.

France could have extended their lead to five points with a win at the Stade de France but in the end Pedro's goal on 58 minutes won it for Spain, who now top the group by a point. Hugo captained the French team again.

The Spurs quartet of Steven Caulker, Jermain Defoe, Scott Parker and Kyle Walker all remained on the bench as England drew 1-1 against Montenegro in Podgorica.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring as the Three Lions dominated the first half but roles were reversed after the break and the home side deserved their equaliser through Dejan Damjanovic in the 75th minute.

The result sees Montenegro hold onto top spot in Group H, two points clear of England. The teams meet at Wembley in October.