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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016
MANCHESTER---With a third straight win
in qualifying, defending champion Germany
is enjoying a comfortable ride on the road
to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Things just got a bit tougher for England,
While England's winning start to Group
F ended with a poor display in a 0-0 draw
at Slovenia yesterday, Germany maintained
its 100 per cent record after three rounds
by beating Northern Ireland 2-0. Only three
other teams---Belgium, Greece and Switzer-
land---have opened European qualifying with
three successive victories.
Goals in the first 17 minutes from Julian
Draxler and Sami Khedira gave Germany a
commanding lead that was never really
threatened in Hannover. Joachim Loew tied
Sepp Herberger's record of 94 wins as Ger-
many coach and it couldn't be going much
better for the world champions' settled team:
Three wins from three games, eight goals
scored and none conceded.
England also leads its group but the dis-
plays are hardly encouraging for its fans.
Three days after a tedious 2-0 win over
Malta, England required a brilliant perform-
ance from goalkeeper Joe Hart to earn a point
One of Hart's saves was sensational, when
he tipped Jasmin Kurtic's header onto the
bar off a corner and then clawed the loose
ball away from the line in his next movement.
Hart also denied Slovenia in two one-on-
one chances, gifted by slack England back-
England's national team is in a state of
flux, just a few months after an embarrassing
last-16 loss to Iceland in the European Cham-
pionship. Gareth Southgate is in interim
charge after Sam Allardyce left as coach last
month---after just 67 days in the job---fol-
lowing a newspaper sting, and captain Wayne
Rooney was dropped against Slovenia because
of poor form.
England's young team is still the favourite
to qualify from Group F and has a two-point
lead after three games.
Here's a look at the rest of the action on
the final night of qualifiers in this latest
period of internationals:
WASHINGTON---Jurgen Klinsmann rejects
Bob Bradley s claims the former German
star angled in 2010 to succeed him as US
Bradley was fired soon after a 4-2 loss to
Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
final and replaced by Klinsmann, a former
German national team star player and coach.
Bradley made the claim Friday when he was
introduced as Swansea, the first American
head coach in England's Premier League.
"No. I mean it's simply not true," Klins-
mann said Monday ahead of his team's exhi-
bition against New Zealand. "I could have
taken the job in 2006. I could have taken
it in 2010. And then we got together in 2011
to finally figure out a way to make this hap-
pen. So I was not jockeying anything."
Klinsmann's comments come three days
after Bradley accused him of "already jock-
eying for the job" while Klinsmann was an
ESPN analyst during the 2010 World Cup.
"I wish Bob the very, very best," Klins-
mann said Monday. "I think it's a big, big
moment having an American coach coaching
a Premier League club. I think it's huge.
And he's an awesome guy. He's a good per-
son, and I just keep my fingers crossed for
The match against No 88 New Zealand
is the last before the 22nd-ranked U.S. opens
the final round of North and Central Amer-
ican and Caribbean qualifying against Mexico
in November. It is the first of 10 matches
in the six-team hexagonal that decided three
World Cup places and a fourth-place team
that advances to a playoff against an Asian
CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani
suggested last week that the format be
changed for future World Cup to allow more
nations to play deeper into the four-year
Klinsmann opposed that Monday, insisting
that the US and other regional powers are
hurt by fewer opportunities to face quality
"If we want to get better, we need to play
with the best teams out there from South
America or from Europe," Klinsmann said.
"What does that mean? For us it means, it
would be the opposite direction" of Mon-
The US let many regulars rejoin their
clubs ahead of the New Zealand match,
which comes a year and a day after Klins-
mann's US team lost to Mexico 3-2 in over-
time in the playoff for a berth in the 2017
New Zealand lost to Mexico 2-1 on Sat-
urday. Klinsmann wished the US could have
scheduled a higher-ranked opponent, but
Europe and South America had World Cup
"Ghana wasn't allowed to come because
they play one game in Europe and they're
not allowed to play a second game in another
continent," he said.
"We go the list up and down. Believe me,
we're trying to get the best opponents as
he did not jockey
for Bradley's job
ZURICH---FIFA says Belgium
forward Christian Benteke took
8.1 seconds to score the fastest
goal in World Cup history.
The official timing confirmed
yesterday means Benteke's goal
in a qualifying match against
Gibraltar was 0.2 seconds quicker
than Davide Gualtieri for San
Marino in 1993. Gualtieri needed
8.3 to score in a qualifier against
While Benteke went on to
score three in Belgium's 6-0 win
on Monday, San Marino even-
tually lost 7-1 after its record
Benteke scored despite Gibral-
tar kicking off. The Crystal Palace
forward robbed the ball after two
touches by the defence, drove
forward and scored with a
clipped shot over the goalkeeper.
Gibraltar helped write a chapter
of World Cup history in just its
third qualifying match after join-
ing FIFA in May.
FIFA times Benteke's goal at 8.1 seconds
...in World Cup qualifiers
The only team close to Germany is Azer-
baijan, which settled for a 0-0 draw against
the Czech Republic in Ostrava after opening
with two wins.
In the other match, Norway defeated San
Marino 4-1 in Oslo for its first points in qual-
ifying. There was still time for celebrations
for the 201st-ranked visitors, who scored their
first away goal in World Cup qualifying since
2001 when Mattia Stefanelli equalised nine
minutes into the second half.
Norway scored three goals in the final 13
minutes, through Adama Diomande, Martin
Samuelsen and Joshua King.
Robert Lewandowski struck five minutes
into stoppage time to earn Poland a 2-
1 victory over ten-man Armenia and
keep the team on pace with Montene-
gro at the top of the group.
It was the eighth consecutive
qualifier that Lewandowski has
scored in, with his latest goal com-
ing three days after a hat trick in
a 3-2 win over Denmark.
Armenia lost Gael Andonian in
the 30th minute after two yellow
cards in two minutes. Hrayr Mkoyan
netted an own goal to put Poland
1-0 up in the 48th minute before
Marcos Pinheiro equalised in the
Montenegro beat Denmark
1-0 away thanks to Fatos
Beciraj's 32nd-minute goal
and is well-placed to challenge
Poland and qualify for the
World Cup for the first time.
Both Poland and Montenegro
have seven points from
Romania was held 0-
0 by Kazakhstan in the
Slovenia stayed two
points behind England
after three games and
was joined on five
points by Lithuania,
which beat Malta 2-0 for its first win in the
Fiodor Cernych and Arvydas Novikovas, from
the penalty spot, scored in the final 14 minutes
to leave Malta without a point so far.
In the other game, Robert Mak scored two
goals and set up the third for Adam Nemec as
Slovakia beat Scotland 3-0 to earn its first
points in qualifying. It was Scotland's first loss,
coming three days after a disappointing 1-1
draw at home to Lithuania.Only two nations,
Portugal in 1985 and England in 2001, have
recorded wins over the Germans in their 86
World Cup qualifiers.
England's Daniel Sturridge gets away from Slovenia's Jasmin Kurtic
during the World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match between
Slovenia and England, at Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia,
yesterday. The match ended goalless. AP PHOTO
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