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VfL Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo (l.) was among the scorers as hosts Brazil continued their warm-up for next summer's World Cup finals with a 6-0<br>battering of Australia in Brasilia - FC Bayern's Dante (r.) being among the first to congratulate his former Munich clubmate Give us a break! There was none forthcoming for Robbie Kruse's Socceroos on this occasion - the Bayer 04 Leverkusen<br> attacker will be targeting a more fruitful outcome when Australia return in 2014  FC Augsburg keeper Mohamed Amsif (back row, 3.l.) helped Morocco to a 1-1 draw at Ivory Coast, who deployed<br> Hannover 96's Didier Ya Konan off the bench - the hosts remain on course for a place in Brazil Dortmund speedster Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Gabon are definitively out of the running however after going down<br> 1-0 to Burkina Faso, who are gunning for their first-ever finals appearance New (out of picture) VfB Stuttgart signing Karim Haggui's Tunisia saw their own World Cup ambitions go up in smoke on the back of a shock<br> 2-0 loss to Cape Verde islands, who thus advanced to the final African qualifying round at the hosts' expense Hannover 96 duo Mame Diouf (l.) and Salif Sane's Senegal are still very much in contention, however, on the back of a<br> 1-0 victory over Uganda. Diouf started this one, with Sane seeing action off the bench as well   FC Bayern München's Mario Mandzukic (l.) came up against Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic (r.) in Serbia's 2014 <br> FIFA World Cup qualifier against Croatia. Mandzukic gave the visitors the lead in the 53rd minute... ...but the striker's joy was short-lived as Serbia equalised 13 minutes later. Both sides finished the Group A <br> encounter with ten men after a player from each side were given their marching orders In the same group, Belgium beat Scotland 2-0 in Glasgow. Bayern's Daniel van Buyten had a solid game in the Belgian <br> defence, while Hannover 96's Sebastian Pocognoli also made an appearance for the guests Denmark still have plenty of work to do if they are to secure qualification from Group B. Hannover's Leon Andreasen put the Danes <br> ahead in Malta and helped secure a 2-1 victory for the visitors, who trail leaders Italy by eight points Armenia are still in with a shout of qualification after their shock 2-1 away victory against the Czech Republic. Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan (r.) starred for the visitors, while Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Petr Jiracek (Hamburger SV) and Eintracht Frankfurt's Vaclav Kadlec all played for the hosts In Germany's group, Sweden came from a goal down to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Dublin. 1. FC Nürnberg's Per Nilsson <br> played well in the Swedish defence, making a number of timely clearances (© imago) In Group D, Arjen Robben (2nd l.) opened the scoring for the Netherlands in Estonia. The hosts, who had FC Augsburg defender Ragnar <br> Klavan in their side, hit back to earn a surprise 2-2 draw against the Dutch Romania still harbour hopes of a second-place finish after beating Hungary 3-0. Former FC Schalke 04 player Ciprian Marica (l.) opened the scoring for the Romanians, who included Stuttgart's Alexandru Maxim (r.) in their line-up, while Schalke's Adam Szalai and FC Ingolstadt's Tamas Hajnal both played for the Hungarians Turkey also remain in the hunt after thrashing minnows Andorra 5-0. Both Nuri Sahin (Dortmund) and <br> Ömer Toprak (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) starred for the hosts VfL Wolfsburg duo Diego Benaglio and Ricardo Rodriguez (r.), Borussia Mönchengladbach's Granit Xhaka and Bayern's <br> Xherdan Shaqiri all started for Switzerland who surrendered a 4-1 lead to draw 4-4 with Iceland in Group E Tranquillo Barnetta (r.), who recently completed a season-long loan deal from Schalke to Eintracht Frankfurt, also made his 68th appearance for the Swiss team 1899 Hoffenheim's Tarek Elyounoussi (l.) opened the scoring for Norway against Cyprus. The northern Europeans, who also had Stuttgart's <br> Mohammed Abdellaoue in their side, still have a chance of qualifying following their 2-0 victory Greece recorded an unconvincing 1-0 win against Liechtenstein in Group G. The Greeks, who had Dortmund defender <br> Sokratis in their line-up, are two points behind leaders Bosnia and Herzegovina... ...who succumbed to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Slovakia. Hoffenheim's Sejad Salihovic (l.), Ermin Bicakcic (Braunschweig), Emir <br> Spahic (Leverkusen) and Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart) all played for the hosts Hamburg forward Artjoms Rudnevs' Latvia can no longer qualify, despite their 2-1 victory over Baltic rivals Lithuania in Group G Poland's qualifying hopes suffered a major setback after Robert Lewandowski and Co. were held to a 1-1 draw by Montenegro in Group H. Dortmund's <br> Lewandowski scored for the Poles, who also had his team-mate Jakub Blaszczykowski in their side Bayern's Franck Ribery (r.) and Co. struggled to create many opportunities in France's disappointing 0-0 draw against a defensively sound Georgia in Group I Japan lined up for their friendly with Guatemala with a host of Bundesliga stars in their team: captain Makoto Hasebe (bottom, l.) and Hiroshi Kiyotake (bottom, 2nd r.) from Nürnberg, Shinji Okazaki (bottom, c.) of Mainz and Stuttgart's Gotoku Sakai (bottom, 2nd l.) Japan won the friendly game 3-0, having already secured their place at next year's World Cup in Brazil Venezuela and Juan Arango (r.) of Borussia Mönchengladbach slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Chile. They are now in sixth place <br> in their qualifying group and face an uphill struggle to qualify for the World Cup The USA suffered a major setback in their bid to qualify as they were beaten 3-1 by Costa Rica. Schalke's Jermaine Jones (r.) and <br> Fabian Johnson (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) both featured for Jürgen Klinsmann's team Another Schalke player was on the end of a defeat on Friday: Jefferson Farfan (r.) netted for Peru against Uruguay, but couldn’t stop his team falling <br> to a 2-1 loss. Bayern's Claudio Pizarro also featured for Peru but was withdrawn after 26 minutes
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