On a busy day of World Cup qualifier action, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland will be heading to Brazil next summer to compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
All three nations got the results they needed to book their tickets to Brazil. They’ll be joining the countries who have already qualified, which are Brazil, the United States of America, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and South Korea.
Out of the three teams, Belgium was the first nation to qualify for the World Cup today when they defeated Croatia 2-0 thanks to a brace from Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The second goal by Lukaku, in particular, was a perfect example of how the Belgian combines strength, speed and skill. Watch this goal below, and pay particular attention to his burst of speed when it’s him against the defender racing back to get to the ball.
With the win, Belgium reached the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002. Watch the video below to see the players and coaching staff celebrate, and keep an eye on Lukaku who leads the magnificent Belgian supporters in a chant.
Switzerland, meanwhile, qualified for World Cup 2014 with a 2-1 win against Albania.
And then last but not least, Germany guaranteed qualification for World Cup 2014 with a 3-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland.
In the other matches today, Sweden qualified for the World Cup qualifier playoffs with a victory against Austria. Based on the results today, France are guaranteed a playoff spot at a minimum, while Iceland are one win away from World Cup qualification after defeating Cyprus 2-0.