European World Cup Playoffs 2nd Legs Plus Austria vs USA & England vs Germany: Open Thread

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This is it. After two years of qualifying matches, today is the final day to determine which European teams will be heading to World Cup 2014. The countries that are fighting to qualify for Brazil today are France, Sweden, Portugal, Ukraine, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Iceland.

On top of that, there are two important friendlies with the US Men’s National Team playing Austria, while England takes on Germany.

Here’s the schedule for today’s matches:

Romania vs Greece (World Cup playoff match, 2nd leg), 2pm, WatchESPN.com
South Africa vs Spain (friendly), 2pm, WatchESPN.com
Croatia vs Iceland (World Cup playoff match, 2nd leg), 2:15pm, ESPN3.com
Netherlands vs Colombia (friendly), 2:30pm, ESPN3.com
Sweden vs Portugal (World Cup playoff match, 2nd leg), 2:45pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.com
Austria vs USA (friendly), 2:45pm, NBCSN
England vs Germany (friendly), 3pm, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer 2GO
France vs Ukraine (World Cup playoff match, 2nd leg), 3pm, Univision Deportes and WatchESPN.com

Before, during and after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans.

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46 Responses to European World Cup Playoffs 2nd Legs Plus Austria vs USA & England vs Germany: Open Thread

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    Anyone else having issues trying to find Sweden vs Portugal on WatchESPN.com? It’s supposed to be on there (it’s also on ESPN2), but I’m not seeing it.

  2. San Fransiscan says:

    Not seeing it either. ESPN2 is showing Croatia and Iceland.

  3. San Fransiscan says:

    So this sucks.

  4. Leo says:

    Nope. Still Croatia – who just got a red card.
    Figures. Alter my plans around the Portugal/Sweden match.

  5. Balboa77 says:

    Now it is on ESPN2

  6. Leo says:

    It’s back now. I really thought that they’d admit to being idiots.

  7. Christopher Harris says:

    Sweden vs Portugal stream should now be working on WatchESPN.com; No longer showing Croatia-Iceland.

  8. San Fransiscan says:

    Dramatic finish in the Algeria game, they could’ve scored an own goal that would send Burkina Faso to the World Cup but the ball hit the post and Algeria held on to qualify.

  9. Christopher Harris says:

    France have just scored a goal to make it 1-2 on aggregate. France has a lifeline now.

  10. KapUSMC says:

    Spain is losing to South Africa? And they are actually playing all their first choice players… Wow.

  11. Christopher Harris says:

    ESPN3 is having some serious problems today and not working nearly as well as it normally does.

  12. Ivan says:

    Greece and Croatia are going to Brazil.

    The other 2 games are in the balance. Great stuff!

  13. KapUSMC says:

    Sweden Portugal really opening up. Looks like should be a really good second half. CR7 with a beautiful goal.

  14. Christopher Harris says:

    Congratulations to Greece on qualifying for World Cup 2014 after beating Romania on aggregate.

    Looks like Croatia are going through as well as Portugal, so the game that’s on the balance now is France-Ukraine.

  15. Christopher Harris says:

    Congratulations to Croatia on qualifying for World Cup 2014!

  16. Yespo says:

    Wow. Interesting stuff on Espn 3. They seem to have lost the commentator. Nothing but the noise of the crowd on. Weird….

  17. KapUSMC says:

    Zlatan pulls one back!

  18. San Fransiscan says:

    Here we go!! Sweden need only one more goal.

  19. Yespo says:

    Let’s do this Sweden! And go Ukraine!

  20. KapUSMC says:

    CR7 AGAIN! The superstars definitely lived up to their billing. Sad that the next 15 minutes could be the end of Ibra’s WC career.

  21. Christopher Harris says:

    Meanwhile, over in the France-Ukraine game, France keep on missing chance after chance to put the game away. Lots of booing by the French supporters. Still 2-2 on aggregate.

  22. San Fransiscan says:

    What a match!!!

  23. Yespo says:

    Well that is that! CR7 with the hat-trick….dang it. :(

  24. Brad says:

    Rated R superstar…Ronaldo!!!

  25. Yespo says:

    France Scores!!!!

  26. Christopher Harris says:

    If Ukraine scores a late goal, they’ll advance on the away goal rule. Squeaky bum time for France!

  27. Christopher Harris says:

    Congratulations to France on qualifying for World Cup 2014!

    Only two games to go now — one later tonight, and one tomorrow…

    New Zealand vs Mexico (World Cup playoff match, 2nd leg), 1am, ESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes and WatchESPN.com

    Uruguay vs Jordan (World Cup playoff match, 2nd leg), 6pm, beIN SPORT, beIN SPORT Espanol and DishWorld

  28. Dust says:

    Pleased Higo gets to captain his country at a World Cup, he’s an amazing keeper!

    You can’t deny the finishing or big game temprent of CR7 an entire nations hope on his back…and he delivers.

    And England…Roy showing his tactical and motivational inadequacies…still…again…whatever.

    Gerrard had a good 45 mins on a cold evening in London v a German B team…he will be useless in Brazilian heat v a full strength & determined country in a tournament…surely only the deluded think he should start.

  29. KapUSMC says:

    Portugal v Sweden actually got the lead spot on the early SportsCenter today.

  30. Scrumper says:

    I don’t think I would ever see a England team fail to win a header in either penalty area – until last night. Mertesacker plays innocuously week in week out for Arsenal yet last night we made him look like Beckenbauer strolling around controlling the game.

    I’m very glad Roy is giving the youngsters a chance and hopefully they may improve to create an average team by next year, but right now there is a yawning chasm between our depth of talent and the major footballing nations. It’s ironic but hopeful young English players may have to copy their foriegn cousins and opt to play abroad to get top level experience because the Premier League is all about filling a hole in the first team with a known player.

    I suppose the FA will mumble something about root and branch overhaul while belching up their chateaubriand resplendent in their blue blazers.

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