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International round-up: Vlaar books World Cup spot/Kozak on target

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International round-up: Vlaar books World Cup spot/Kozak on target


Ron Vlaar helped Holland book a place at the World Cup as a 2-0 win in Andorra sealed their place in Brazil.

Vlaar played the full 90 minutes as his national side earned a routine victory to secure qualification from Group D.

The two Dutch goals were scored by Robin van Persie of Manchester United.

Joining Holland at next summer's finals will be Italy who defeated Libor Kozak's Czech Republic 2-1 despite being rocked by an early strike from the Villa newboy.

Kozak fired the Czechs in front after 19 minutes in the clash in Turin but a Giorgio Chiellini effort and Mario Balotelli's penalty completed a comeback for the Azzurri.

Aleksandar Tonev and Jores Okore were also in action in Group B.

Tonev was an unused sub as Bulgaria kept their play-off hopes alive with a 2-1 win in Malta.

However, Okore's Denmark are just a point behind them in third spot with two games to go after their 1-0 win over Armenia.

A penalty from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger secured a slender win for the Danish in Yerevan.

Andreas Weimann claimed the bragging rights over his team-mate Ciaran Clark in Vienna as Austria earned a 1-0 success over the Republic of Ireland.

The result all but ended Ireland's hopes of reaching the World Cup final, while Austria could still nick a play-off spot.

Weimann was replaced after 73 minutes while Clark replaced the injured John O'Shea after 49 minutes.

Alan Hutton played for Scotland, who earned a late victory in Macedonia.

Ikechi Anya gave the Tartan Army the lead before Jovan Kostovski equalised for the hosts.

With a minute remaining ex-Villa man Sean Maloney curled home a sublime free-kick for to give Gordon Strachan's team the win.

Brad Guzan remained on the bench as the USA earned a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Columbus.

Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan all but booked a World Cup berth for the Americans.

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By @AVFCOfficial 11th September 2013
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