Italy, Netherlands first European teams to seal FIFA World Cup berths

While Italy had a scare before overcoming the Czechs, Robin van Persie led the Dutch side to an easy 2-0 win against tiny Andorra.

updated: September 11, 2013 14:52 IST
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Paris: Italy and the Netherlands became the first European nations to clinch qualification for the 2014 World Cup finals with victories on a busy night of action on Tuesday.

Another of the continent's most famous names, Germany, are also now on the brink of qualification, as are Switzerland, while Russia and England ensured that their destinies remain in their own hands. (Also read: Ribery propels France past Belarus)

The only World Cup finals Italy have missed remain the 1958 finals in Sweden, and Cesare Prandelli's side knew that a win against the Czech Republic in Turin would confirm their participation in a 14th consecutive finals.

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