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for the World Cup with a resound-
ing 4-1 win over Tunisia in the
second leg of their playoff yester-
day, ensuring West Africa contin-
ued its dominance of the conti-
nent s qualifying competition.
Cameroon won by the same score
on aggregate after the teams drew
0-0 in Tunisia. The team follows
Nigeria and Ivory Coast, who won
their playoffs Saturday, in sealing a
place at next year s tournament in
Pierre Webo scored after four
minutes for Cameroon and Ben-
jamin Moundandjo made it 2-0 in
the 30th at Omnisports Ahmadou-
Ahidjo stadium. Ahmed Akaichi
pulled one back for the visiting
Tunisians just after halftime, but
Jean Makoun added a third in the
65th and scored again in the 86th
to seal Cameroon s progress.
"Brazil, here we come," Cameroon
captain Samuel Eto o, who reversed
his decision to retire from interna-
tionals to play in this playoff, told
the crowd through a public address
system after the game.
Cameroon, Africa s first quarter-
finalist in 1990, will play in its sev-
enth World Cup, a major boost for
the nation after it failed to qualify
for the last two African Cups.
"We ve been through several long
and difficult years," Makoun said.
"Now, I think we identified the
problem, which is concord among
us. We can achieve better results in
the future and I think our perform-
ance today shows that we have a
If Ghana and Algeria win their
playoffs on Tuesday, as expected,
the continent will be represented
by the same five nations that played
at the 2010 World Cup in South
Webo slammed home a left-foot-
ed shot in front of around 60,000
in Yaounde for an immediate lead
for Cameroon. The home team was
also denied a penalty for what
appeared to be a clear handball
before Moundandjo made it 2-0
after cutting in from the right flank
After being brought on by Tunisia
coach Ruud Krol, Akaichi struck
after a defensive mix-up by the
Cameroonians for 2-1 straight after
But Cameroon powered back as
Makoun headed home a Benoit
Assou-Ekotto corner and grabbed
a second in the final five minutes
after a shot rebounded off the post.
SAO PAULO---Luiz Felipe Scolari
is more confident than ever of
Brazil s chances at the 2014 World
Cup, guaranteeing the team will
win the tournament at home.
Scolari had been saying that Brazil
was among the favorites but wasn t
at the same level as other teams,
but the coach asserted after the 5-
0 rout of Honduras on Saturday
that his team will come away with
the title next year.
Scolari said he is "100 per cent
sure" that he will lead Brazil to the
World Cup title. He said he wouldn t
coach Brazil if he didn t think he
could win football s showcase event
Scolari won the 2002 World Cup
with Brazil, which plays its last
friendly of the year against Chile
on Tuesday in Toronto. Brazil will
play only one more match next year
before Scolari names his final squad
for the June 12-July 13 World Cup,
the first in Brazil since 1950.
"Brazil will be the champion," he
said after the win over Honduras in
The coach said his assertion does-
n t come because of the victory over
Honduras, which he said was harder
than it looked, but rather because
he now understands the team s
potential going forward.
"Now we have a clear view about
our team," he said. "Everything is
in place already."
Scolari returned to the Brazilian
national team late last year, starting
slowly with disappointing results at
the beginning of his tenure, but the
team steadily improved and won
the Confederations Cup with con-
vincing performances. The five-
time world champion has won 11
of its last 12 matches.
The lone loss came against
Switzerland in an exhibition just
after the World Cup warm-up tour-
"I wouldn t accept to coach Brazil
if I didn t think I could win the
World Cup," Scolari said. "I took
the job because I m 100 percent
sure that I will win the World Cup
Scolari dismissed comparisons
with the 2002 team that won the
title in South Korea and Japan.
"This team is much younger
team, it lacks the experience of that
2002 squad," Scolari said. "This
group has a different dynamic and
this type of dynamic is needed in
Brazil s biggest star heading into
the World Cup next year is 21-year-
old Neymar, who recently moved
to Europe to play for Barcelona.
Brazil got on the board against
Honduras on Wednesday through
Bernard, another 21-year-old who
was still in Brazil until recently. The
other goals were scored by Dante,
Maicon, Willian and Hulk.
SYDNEY---Alessandro Del Piero
scored his third goal in six games
as Sydney FC beat Melbourne
Heart 2-0 in the A-League,
increasing pressure on Heart
coach John Aloisi whose team
remains winless and in last place.
Heart fans sang "Aloisi out" and
"You re getting sacked in the
morning," loudly booing their team
at halftime and fulltime, as the
home loss left the Melbourne side
with two points from six match-
"I understand the performance
wasn t acceptable from our club,"
Aloisi said. "We don t want to be
in this position, we don t want to
be losing games, or putting in
positions like that. I accept that
I m the one the buck stops with."
Del Piero scored from the penal-
ty spot in the 27th minute after
Joel Chianese was fouled in the
area by Rob Wielaert, then Chi-
anese added the second moments
Sydney coach Frank Farina, who
was under similar pressure when
his team struggled near the foot
of the league last season, offered
his support to former Australia
"Unfortunately as a football
coach when the team loses it
seems to be your fault," he said.
"When they win it s great play or
Meanwhile, Western Sydney
Wanderers beat Melbourne Victory
1-0 for their fourth straight win,
rising to the top of the league, two
points ahead of Brisbane.
Mark Bridge scored the winning
goal in the 82nd minute, finding
space at the far post to stab home
a cross from Labinot Haliti.
"All round it was a very good
performance against a very good
team," Wanderers coach Tony
Popovic said. It was another good
result in difficult conditions. The
patches were a bit longer in regard
to our good play."
Brisbane had the chance to
move past Western Sydney into
first place but was beaten 2-1 by
Newcastle. Luke Brattan gave Bris-
bane the lead after 38 minutes but
Newcastle rallied with a second
half double to Adam Taggart.
Adelaide United ended a three-
match losing streak by grabbing
a 1-1 draw with Perth, spoiling the
Perth debut of former Chelsea,
Arsenal and Tottenham defender
Osama Malik gave Adelaide the
lead in the 55th minute, getting
behind the defense to head the
ball home after Tarek Elrich had
headed on a corner.
Gallas took the field as a 63rd
minute substitute for Steve Pan-
telidis and within eight minutes
Perth equalized through Chris
Harold, also from a corner.
Cameroon beats Tunisia
to qualify for World Cup
Brazil will win World Cup says Scolari
The Arena Pantanal stadium is under construction ahead of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament in Cuiaba,
Brazil, Thursday. FIFA wants all World Cup stadiums completed by December. AP PHOTO
for Sydney FC
Samuel Eto'o...will be at the World Cup with Cameroon.
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