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International preview: Battle hots up for Tonev, Helenius and Kozak
Qualifying competition reaches its climax.
15th Oct 2013
International preview: Battle hots up for Tonev, Helenius and Kozak


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World Cup qualifying is set for an intriguing climax today - with Aleksandar Tonev, Nicklas Helenius and Libor Kozak all still hopeful of sealing a play-off berth for their respective nations.

Italy have comfortably won Group B on 21 points and therefore qualified but Bulgaria [13], Denmark [13] and Czech Republic [12] reach D-Day this evening in their bid for Brazil.

Tonev's Bulgaria are at home to Kozak's Czech Republic in Sofia, kick-off 7.15pm.

Meanwhile, Helenius's Denmark take on Malta in Copenhagen, kick-off 7.15pm.

It should be an ebb and flow evening as the claret and blue stars hope for a successful conclusion to their campaign.

Christian Benteke is with Belgium as they take on Wales in Brussels, kick-off 8pm.

Belgium have already qualified for the World Cup from Group A following their defeat of Croatia on Saturday.

Austria and Republic of Ireland - the home nations of Andreas Weimann and Ciaran Clark respectively - have both failed to make it through to the 2014 competition in South America.

Germany have qualified from Group C, while Sweden have clinched a play-off spot.

Weimann is in Torshavn as Austria face the Faroe Islands, kick-off 7.45pm.

Clark's Republic of Ireland face Kazakhstan in Dublin, kick-off 7.45pm.

Netherlands were the standout performers in Group D, winning their qualifying campaign with plenty of room to spare.

That means our skipper Ron Vlaar will be in Brazil next summer for the illustrious tournament.

This evening, Vlaar is in Istanbul with Netherlands as they face Turkey, kick-off 7pm.

Brad Guzan will join Benteke and Vlaar in Brazil after USA won the North, Central America and Caribbean Group.

Tomorrow early morning, Guzan's USA face Panama in Panama City, kick-off 2.30am.

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