Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Full listing of Wednesday's World Cup Qualifiers

The hope to join the best in Germany continues on Wednesday night as countries from across the globe play in qualifiers. Here is the full list.

AFC (Asia) matches
Bahrain v Korea DPR
Japan v Iran
South Korea v Saudi Arabia
Uzbekistan v Kuwait

CAF (Africa) matches
Sudan v Benin
Tunisia v Kenya

UEFA (Europe) matches
Kazakhstan v Georgia
Latvia v Russia
Faroe Islands v Cyprus
Macedonia v Finland
Liechtenstein v Slovakia
Romania v Andorra

CONCACAF (North America)
Guatemala v Panama
United States v Trinidad & Tobago
Mexico v Costa Rica

The direct qualifiers from Asia have all been decided. Now the big match is for third place (there are two groups in the AFC and the 3rd place teams will play each other for a chance to advance). So that brings up the Uzbekistan - Kuwait match. If Kuwait wins or ties, they get to play again. If Uzbekistan pulls out a win, they will be the ones moving along.

In Africa, Tunisia must beat Kenya to stay up on Morocco, but Kenya needs this match in order to get to the 2006 African Nations Cup.

Most of the European matches are against also rans, but the Latvia - Russia show down should be exciting. Not only do these two have a "not so great" political history, but both sides need to win this match to stay in the race for a spot in Germany. However, each side could get some help if Liechtenstein somehow pulls off a victory against Slovakia.

Finally, CONCACAF will be in full swing. The best match of the night will probably be in Mexico City when Mexico takes on strong Costa Rica side. Costa Rica will want a win or a tie to keep in the third spot but no one wins against Mexico in Mexico City. If Mexico does fall, the USA could move into first with a win against Trinidad and Tobago. I think the most interesting match will be Guatemala - Panama. It will be nice to see if Panama will play as great as they did in the Gold Cup.



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