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By DAN KARELL

World Cup qualifiers run the gamut on Friday with no less than 25 matches taking place around the globe. The outcomes of these matches could have far reaching effects on the rest of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

On the European continent, Portugal hosts Russia looking for revenge after falling, 1-0, last October in Moscow, while Belgium hosts Serbia in a game that could determine the qualifying group winner in.

In South America, the qualification matches are headlined by new Monaco forward Radamel Falcao Garcia’s trip to the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires to take on Lionel Messi and Argentina.

A top of the Hexagonal group clash tonight occurs in CONCACAF qualifying as Mexico returns home to play Panama, surprising leaders in the region until Tuesday night’s result in Jamaica.

If you will be watching today’s action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s TV schedule is after the jump):

12pm – ESPN3 – Finland vs. Belarus

12pm – ESPN3 – Azerbaijan vs. Luxembourg

12pm – ESPN3 – Armenia vs. Malta

12:30pm – ESPN3 – Latvia vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina

1:45pm – ESPN3 – Lithuania vs. Greece

2pm – ESPN3 – Liechtenstein vs. Slovakia

2:15pm – ESPN3 – Moldova vs. Poland

2:15pm – ESPN3 – Croatia vs. Scotland

2:30pm – ESPN3 – Albania vs. Norway

2:30pm – ESPN3 – Montenegro vs. Ukraine

2:45pm – GolTV – Austria vs. Sweden

2:45pm – ESPN3 – Belgium vs. Serbia

2:45pm – ESPN – Czech Republic vs. Italy

3pm – ESPN3 – Iceland vs. Slovenia

3:45pm – ESPN3 – Portugal vs. Russia

4pm – beIN Sport – Bolivia vs. Venezuela

6:05pm – beIN Sport – Argentina vs. Colombia

8:10pm – beIN Sport en Español – Paraguay vs. Chile

9:30pm – beIN Sport – Jamaica vs. United States

10pm – beIN Sport en Español – Costa Rica vs. Honduras

10pm – Telemundo – Panama vs. Mexico

53 comments
  • Brad C

    I’m most interested in the Belgium v Serbia game.

    What kind of repercussions does the Czech Rep. v Italy game have for those teams?

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    • Brad C

      Of the UEFA qualifiers, of course #1 is the USA game but I don’t get BeIN

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    • Mig

      Czech’s need points as they are behind Italy and Bulgaria in 3rd. Italy is sitting well but it’s not a done deal that they win the group

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  • ed - houston

    Dannng, i might have to spring the extra 15 bucks for beIN sports for US and CONMEBOL qualifying matches

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      • Robbie

        I just picked up bein on time warner as part of the sports package for $9. Doesn’t get me spanish language bein (or gol). Those 2 would cost $9 more a month as theyre part of the spanish language package, and not sports. Attempts to explain to time warner that they are sports channels fell on deaf ears (as expected).

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    • Nate Dollars

      i heard navy blue, but i can’t remember the source. really no idea.

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    • Bobb

      Because they bought the rights to the away qualifiers?

      If not for beIN they would be on pay per view so don’t complain.

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      • ed - houston

        yeah seriously, its too bad ESPN and FOX were to cheap to out bid them.

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  • SanFran415

    Haha. Balotelli trying to convince Pirlo to let him take the free kick and Pirlo literally ignoring him.

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  • SanFran415

    My god make Taylor Twellman go away. That was the dumbest thing he’s said in games.

    “When Balotelli is on, Italy is unstoppable.”

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    • ed - houston

      LOL, that does not sounds too bad (other than an exageration) but i know what you mean. He says the darnest things.

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  • Mig

    Great headed goal on the back post by de Bruyne. Serbia goes to sleep and pays.

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  • ed - houston

    Russia and Portugal are also on ESPN Deportes. Going to start any minute now and should be good. Italy game still at nil nil.

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  • Mig

    and Austria up 2-0 on Sweden? What IS going on with Sweden? They are not having a good qualifying run to this point.

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    • Mig

      In fairness, it is a deep group. Not killer but quite a few bubble teams in there with Austria, Ireland, and Sweden competing for 2nd place behind Germany.

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  • Mig

    Man Buffon is still a great keeper. He read that play in the 61st minute so fast.

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  • beachbum

    Buffon comes up big to save the best chance so far after having nothing to do for 60+ minutes. not the most exciting game is Italy-Czech Republic so far

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    • Mig

      no, Italy on the road when all they need is a draw to stay top does NOT make for a good show usually

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      • beachbum

        Italy with a grand total of zero shots on goal, but earning the result they wanted. got lucky towards the end a bit, a wide open back post volley off perfect service hitting the post for Czech R

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  • beachbum

    Balotelli second yellow in about 5 minutes or so, and he’s off. both yellows very silly

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    • Mig

      He is frustrating. Love watching him play and he can be such an elegant striker. But like many strikers, he is a drama queen and more so, he does this wacky cr*p once in a while. It’s a measure of how good he is that clubs and the national team keep using him.

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      • beachbum

        agree. that goal vs. Germany in the Euro 2012 is a great example of his quality, but what a liability potential at any time for the team he’s on…makes too many selfish decisions on the field

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      • Sandtrout

        I feel bad for Balotelli today. That second yellow was very soft. And if I were his coach, I wouldn’t care that he’s upset enough to punch a wall when he walks out the tunnel. It shows he cares.

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      • beachbum

        his reputation precedes him, so it’s a different standard on him, I’ll give you that, but not absurd that he got that second yellow for that after having just been carded and warned minutes before; he dared the ref to card him again, and he did

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  • SanFran415

    balotelli’s second yellow was exactly what I expect from him–he reaches around and grabs the face of a guy he’s going up with for a 50/50

    and then his UFC fight with the walls in the tunnel? wouldn’t be shocked to hear he’s out with broken hands and a foot.

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  • Mig

    Decent from the Czechs. They are only one point behind the Bulgarians for 2nd in the group. They had the better of the chances in the second half.

    This has become a very good group because of the way Bulgaria are playing and Denmark is still right there.

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  • Jon

    Waiting for Argentina/Columbia after watching Euro qualifying this afternoon. Bolivia/Venezuela winding down on beIn. This one is tough to watch.

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  • Steve

    How about last place over Slovenia over Iceland, should help us in pursuit of Aron Johannsson…

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    • beachbum

      *the ref is the story

      until then the game was ripping along, could be fun second half

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  • TomG

    Soccerlogic:
    – Scotland just beat Croatia 1-0
    – Croatia is the #4 ranked team in the world
    – USA beat Scotland 5-1
    – USA is the best team in the world!!!

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