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Heavy rain meant Poland's clash with England in Warsaw was played on Wednesday as the hosts and Mainz's <b>Eugen Polanski</b> (l.) managed to rescue a 1-1 draw to stay in touch with the Group H leaders Hamburg's <b>Rafael van der Vaart</b> netted the Netherlands' third goal in a 4-1 win over Romania to maintain the <i>Oranje</i>'s perfect start to FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying <b>Martin Harnik</b> (l.) was one of six Bundesliga players to start for Austria in their Group C game against Kazakhstan. <br> The Stuttgart forward got the last goal in his side's 4-0 victory FC Bayern striker <b>Mario Mandzukic</b> (l.) put Croatia 1-0 up in their encounter at home to Wales. <br> The final 2-0 scoreline leaves the Croatians joint top of Group A with ten points from four games In Group I, Franck Ribery's (r. against Cesc Fabregas) France held reigning world and European champions Spain to a 1-1 draw Try as he might against Bulgaria, Czech Republic's Hamburg midfielder <b>Petr Jiracek</b> (m.) was unable to break the deadlock in a goalless stalemate in Group B On the other side of the Atlantic, Mexico captain Maza (2.l.) celebrates a 2-0 win over <br> El Salvador that put his side through to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying A familiar sight for Bundesliga fans: Gladbach's <b>Juan Arango</b> (l.) smashes in an unstoppable drive from distance to give <br> Venezuela the lead against Ecuador. The captain's wonderstrike was not enough to secure all three points though, as the tie ended 1-1 Heading further south, Schalke's <b>Jefferson Farfan</b> (r.) tried to give Peru the boost they desperately need to reach Brazil 2014... ...but neither he nor compatriot <b>Claudio Pizarro</b> (l.) of FC Bayern Munich were able to find a way through <br> a tough Paraguay defence in Asuncion, as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat There was better news for 1899 Hoffenheim's <b>Daniel Williams</b> (m.) however, as he, along with <br> Hannover's Steve Cherundolo, helped the USA to a 3-1 victory over Guatemala Japan went toe to toe with Brazil in a friendly, with VfL Wolfsburg's <b>Makoto Hasebe</b> (r. against Kaka) one of three Bundesliga-based players to start for the Asians FC Schalke right-back <b>Atsuto Uchida</b> (l.) gets to grips with former world player of the year Kaka in Wroclaw, Poland With Japan trailing 2-0, Eintracht Frankfurt's <b>Takashi Inui</b> came on at half-time but was unable to prevent his side losing 4-0 at the final whistle
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