Connect with us

World Cup

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

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.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

46 Comments

46 Comments

  1. Scrumper

    November 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

    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.

  2. KapUSMC

    November 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

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

  3. Dust

    November 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    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.

  4. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    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

  5. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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

  6. Yespo

    November 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    France Scores!!!!

  7. Brad

    November 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Rated R superstar…Ronaldo!!!

  8. Yespo

    November 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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

    • KapUSMC

      November 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Safe to say the argument about now showing up for country when it counts has to be over.

  9. San Fransiscan

    November 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    What a match!!!

  10. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    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.

    • KapUSMC

      November 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      I want to change to France-Ukraine… But I’m afraid I will miss 3 more goals.

  11. KapUSMC

    November 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    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.

    • KapUSMC

      November 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE. Zlatan – 2 / CR7 – 3. Absolutely incredible.

  12. Yespo

    November 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Let’s do this Sweden! And go Ukraine!

  13. San Fransiscan

    November 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

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

  14. KapUSMC

    November 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Zlatan pulls one back!

    • KapUSMC

      November 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Ibra x 2… BEAUTIFUL!

    • Christopher Harris

      November 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Zlatan scores another one to make it 2-1 to Sweden. Aggregate right now is 2-2. But Portugal would advance on away goal if the scoreline stays the same.

      Great game.

  15. Yespo

    November 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

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

  16. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Congratulations to Croatia on qualifying for World Cup 2014!

  17. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    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.

  18. KapUSMC

    November 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

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

  19. Ivan

    November 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Greece and Croatia are going to Brazil.

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

  20. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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

    • Yespo

      November 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      OKay, Thanks for saying that. I was thinking there was a problem with my computer!

  21. KapUSMC

    November 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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

    • San Fransiscan

      November 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      WOW!!!

    • KapUSMC

      November 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Well, maybe not all their first choice. No Xavi or Iniesta, but they have everyone else out there.

      • San Fransiscan

        November 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        Still, this is a team where I think the last time they lost was against Switzerland in the World Cup.

  22. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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

    • San Fransiscan

      November 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      2-2

    • Christopher Harris

      November 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      France just scored a second to make it 2-2 on aggregate!

  23. San Fransiscan

    November 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    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.

  24. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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

  25. Leo

    November 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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

    • KapUSMC

      November 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      They did, said it was a satellite problem.

  26. Balboa77

    November 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Now it is on ESPN2

  27. Leo

    November 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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

  28. San Fransiscan

    November 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    So this sucks.

  29. San Fransiscan

    November 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

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

    • Balboa77

      November 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Yeah really. The espn anchor said it was Sweden/Portugal and we get this

  30. Christopher Harris

    November 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    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.

    • Balboa77

      November 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Should be on now, just saw them switch it over live

    • Len F

      November 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      I access WatchESPN through my Roku and I was able to find it by going to the Soccer category and scrolling all the way to the end.

    • KapUSMC

      November 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Yea, from the watch espn app it is showing Croatia Iceland on the channel that is supposed to be Portugal Sweeden.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in World Cup

Translate »