30 March 2016

Finished first qualifying round in the Caribbean

On a busy World Cup qualification night, its preliminary mini-tournament had tiny Caribbean countries as well. First qualifying round ended this morning after the remaining seven games were played:

Suriname - Guadeloupe 3:2

Scorers: 0:1 16 Claudio Beauvue
              1:1 29 Stefano Russel 
              1:2 32 Livio Nabad
              2:2 36 Stefano Russel
              3:2 41 Mitchell Kisoor

Dominican Republic - Barbados 2:0

Scorer: 1:0 50 Darlyn Baptista
             2:0 57 Darlyn Baptista

United States Virgin Islands - Grenada 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 14 Shane Rennie
              1:1 67 Trevor Wrensford
              1:2 89 Kimo Sampson

French Guiana - Cuba 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 24 Loic Baal
              2:0 44 Alex Eric
              3:0 64 Ray Contout

Dominica - Martinique 1:4

Scorers: 0:1 11-own goal Malcolm Joseph
              0:2 23 Deniel Herelle
              0:3 53 Yoanne Arquin
              1:3 74 Chad Prince
              1:4 88 Stephanie Abdoul

Puerto Rico - Guyana 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 64 Solomon Austin

St. Kitts and Nevis - Antigua and Barbuda 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 67 Harrison Panayiotou

After all 20 matches are completed, from 7 groups 14 teams qualified for the second round, which will be played from 1-7 June. However, 15 nations will compete in the next stage and they are:

St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda - Group 1
Grenada and United States Virgin Islands - Group 2
French Guiana and Bermuda - Group 3
Dominican Republic and Curacao - Group 4
Guyana and Puerto Rico - Group 5
Suriname and Guadeloupe - Group 6
Martinique and Dominica - Group 7
plus St. Vincent and the Grenadines which got a bye in the first round because of the participation in the World Cup qualifying event these days.

Eighteen goals in six CONCACAF games

Trinidad and Tobago - St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6:0

Scorers: 1:0 36 Sheldon Bateau
              2:0 50 Joevin Jones
              3:0 59 Kenwyne Jones
              4:0 66 Kevin Molino
              5:0 86 Trevin Caesar
              6:0 89 Trevin Caesar

United States of America - Guatemala 4:0

Scorers: 1:0 12 Clint Dempsey
              2:0 36 Geoff Cameron
              3:0 46 Graham Zusi
              4:0 89 Jozy Altidore

Honduras - El Salvador 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 52 Boniek Garcia
              2:0 90+4 Rommel Quioto

Panama - Haiti 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 80 Felipe Baloy

Costa Rica - Jamaica 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 07 Celso Borges
              2:0 37 Bryan Ruiz
              3:0 77 Johan Venegas

Mexico - Canada 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 17-pen Andres Guardado
              2:0 45+4 Jesus Corona

Couple of surprising results in South America

Colombia - Ecuador 3:1

Scorers: 1:0 15 Carlos Bacca
              2:0 48 Sebastian Perez
              3:0 67 Carlos Bacca
              3:1 90 Michael Arroyo

Uruguay - Peru 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 53 Edinson Cavani

Argentina - Bolivia 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 20 Gabriel Mercado
              2:0 30-pen Lionel Messi

Venezuela - Chile 1:4

Scorers: 1:0 09 Romulo Otero
              1:1 33 Mauricio Pinilla
              1:2 52 Mauricio Pinilla
              1:3 72 Arturo Vidal
              1:4 90+1 Arturo Vidal

Paraguay - Brasil 2:2

Scorers: 1:0 40 Dario Lezcano
              2:0 49 Edgar Benitez
              2:1 79 Ricardo Oliveira
              2:2 90+2 Dani Alves

Third round teams are finally known in Asia

Australia - Jordan 5:1

Scorers: 1:0 24 Tim Cahill
              2:0 39 Aaron Mooy
              3:0 44 Tim Cahill
              4:0 53 Tom Rogic
              5:0 69 Massimo Luongo
              5:1 90 Abdallah Deeb

Afghanistan - Singapore 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 39 Khaibar Amani
              2:0 79 Joseph Mohamed Shirdel
              2:1 89 Fazrul Nawaz

Japan - Syria 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 17-own goal Hamdi al Massri
              2:0 66 Shinji Kagawa
              3:0 86 Keisuke Honda
              4:0 90 Shinji Kagawa
              5:0 90+3 Genki Haraguchi

Philippines - North Korea 3:2

Scorers: 1:0 43 Misagh Bahadoran
              1:1 45+1 Kyong-Jin So
              1:2 47 Hyok-Chol Ri
              2:2 84 Manuel Ott
              3:2 89 Iain Ramsay

Lebanon - Myanmar 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 73 Aung Thu
              1:1 87 Hilal el-Helwe

PR China - Qatar 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 57 Bowen Huang
              2:0 88 Lei Wu

India - Turkmenistan 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 26 Sandesh Jhingan
              1:1 48 Arslanmyrat Amanov
              1:2 69 Serdaraly Atayew

Tajikistan - Kyrgyzstan 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 18 Vitalij Lux

Uzbekistan - Bahrain 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 50 Sardor Rashidov

Iraq - Vietnam 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 45+1 Mohannad Abdul-Raheem

Palestine - Timor-Leste 7:0

Scorers: 1:0 02 Jaka Ihbeisheh
              2:0 18 Jonathan Cantillana
              3:0 32 Yashir Pinto
              4:0 39 Yashir Pinto
              5:0 66 Jonathan Cantillana
              6:0 77 Ahmed Awad
              7:0 90 Abdelatif al Bahdari

IR Iran - Oman 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 16 Serdar Azmoun
              2:0 23 Serdar Azmoun

United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 24 Taisser al-Jassam
              1:1 51 Omar Abdulrahman

Maldives - Bhutan 4:2

Scorers: 0:1 07 Chencho Gyeltshen
              1:1 37 Asadhulla Abdulla
              1:2 48-pen Tshering Dorji
              2:2 81-pen Ali Ashfaq
              3:2 87 Hassan Mohamed Naiz
              4:2 90+3 Ali Ashfaq

Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, IR Iran, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and Uzbekistan as champions in their respective groups, along with four best second placed teams - Iraq, Syria, United Arab Emirates and PR China qualifies for round three. The draw will be conducted on 12 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

African Cup of Nations qualifiers fourth round results

Malawi - Guinea 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 32 Chiukepo Msowoya
              1:1 45+3 Mohamed Yattara
              1:2 60 Idrissa Sylla

Lesotho - Seychelles 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 19 Sunny Jane
              1:1 26 Dine Suzette
              2:1 76 Tumelo Khutlang

Rwanda - Mauritius 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 11 Dominique Savio Nshuti
              2:0 30 Ernest Sugira
              3:0 31 Ernest Sugira
              4:0 71 Fitina Omborenga
              5:0 89 Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza

Ethiopia - Algeria 3:3

Scorers: 1:0 29 Getaneh Kebede
              1:1 43 Islam Slimani
              2:1 49 Getaneh Kebede
              2:2 62 Aissa Mandi
              3:2 64 Dawit Fikadu
              3:3 84-pen Faouzi Ghoulam

Niger - Senegal 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 22-pen Moussa Konate
              0:2 41 Pape Alioune Ndiaye
              1:2 66-pen Victorien Adebayor

Namibia - Burundi 1:3

Scorers: 1:0 06 Deon Hotto
              1:1 45+1 Pierre Kwizera
              1:2 78 Fiston Abdul Razak
              1:3 88 Fiston Abdul Razak

Togo - Tunisia 0:0

Angola - Democratic Republic of Congo 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 45+2 Joel Kimwaki Mpela
              0:2 90+1 Jonathan Bolingi

Liberia - Djibouti 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 13-pen Anthony Laffor
              2:0 30 Sam Johnson
              3:0 47 William Jebor
              4:0 56 William Jebor
              5:0 90+4 William Jebor

Uganda - Burkina Faso 0:0

Gambia - Mauritania 0:0

Egypt - Nigeria 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 66 Ramadan Mohamed Sobhy

South Africa - Cameroon 0:0

Sudan - Ivory Coast 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 16 Max-Alain Gradel
              1:1 29 Muhannad al-Tahir

Morocco - Cape Verde 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 54-pen Youssef el Arabi
              2:0 61 Youssef el Arabi

Round four, leg four predictions

All 6 games from North and Central America are playing on Wednesday morning and many of them will be crucial for some nations. As only the top two teams advance for the next round most of the favorites are hoping to write three points onto their account. The following schedule is promising to bring us many entertainment:

-  Trinidad and Tobago - St. Vincent and the Grenadines. After their clumsy away win last Friday against this same rival, Trinidad and Tobago are still struggling to be back on winning tracks. Brave performance from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from the first game is just sending us signals that they can be tough opponent for everyone, no matter if the Caribbean nation occupy last place in the table. With a win here the Soca Warriors will be doing itself a favor of bringing the nation to delirium when they will be step closer to the fifth round.
- United States of America - Guatemala. No one expected Guatemala's win over the favorites USA and with that win they just overtake them for the second spot. However the reverse leg tell us something else: the USA, who play awfully at the moment, have to find quick their form they desire or they will be out from the World Cup. Most of us thinks that this will be an easy win for the home team but we believe with lots of confidence Los Chapines can pull out a draw.
- Honduras - El Salvador. Bottom clash table match in group A as both are struggling to record a first win. Before this game El Salvador is in better position to fight for that second place but Honduras is in a slight advantage to take this one.
- Costa Rica - Jamaica. Costa Rica who is at the top at the moment is hoping to achieve its third victory that will strengthen their number one position. But Jamaica has other plans as they are too in a place of going through to round five. Most of their matches are ties so this could be one too.
- Mexico - Canada. The only team who is merciless from this continental region at this moment is Mexico. From game to game El Tri is getting stronger and stronger. Canada's fate is sealed beforehand although there is any hope to stall them for a draw. At the famous Azteca stadium we have to see only goals from the home team, as the Mexicans have an impressive goal difference result of 8:0 in total. We are almost sure that their supporters will go delirious once again.

29 March 2016

Passionate football from CONMEBOL countries

Always entertaining games from South America continue with its sixth leg with lots of thrills, passion and skills. One game starts this evening with the rest of them playing on Wednesday morning:

- Colombia - Ecuador. After their away 3:2 win in Bolivia, Colombia is looking very confident  in another three points. But the surprised leader so far Ecuador has not lost a game in 5 attempts and also record two away victories in these qualifiers. We cannot think that they will add the third but a draw will be enough.
- Uruguay - Peru. Uruguay will be hoping to write their first victory from these two leg games in March. The toughest match is already gone as they played very well against Brazil on Saturday morning. On the other hand Peru cannot find exiting the darkness of loosing games and we think that they will not wake up this morning as well, as Uruguay will have the three points.
- Argentina - Bolivia. Argentina seems to be awaking slowly from the nightmare at the beginning of these long qualifiers and are only waiting to record new victories in the following matches. With four loses Bolivia is stuck at the bottom half of the table and we cannot think they will recover after this morning's game against the giants.
- Venezuela - Chile. Bottom placed Venezuela cannot think to lose another game and if they want to do something positively in these qualifiers the home team have to find the winning rhythm fast and soon. Chile, who is looking on track, has to wake up after some poor results by comfortably winning this match.
- Paraguay - Brazil. Probably the derby in this round. Both of these teams are not confident at the moment as they are doing lots of mistakes. Paraguay will try to win against a Brazilian side who it seems cannot find that winning pace. Anyone will go for a win but we think the home team will surprise everyone with a draw.

Final games from the second round

Last games from the second round are promising to give us many entertainment. Most groups are already decided, but some nations like to clinch their place into the next stage by 'catching the last train'. The program for the 14 games looks like this:

- Australia - Jordan. Jordan can be very proud of themselves as they are the only team who beat Australia in the group stage. The Aussies are playing excellent at these qualifiers and with a victory it will qualify them directly into the next round. It should be a new three points for the home team with a little fight back from second place Jordan.
- Afghanistan - Singapore. Tough game to predict as both teams are playing excellent football. It is one of those games without a meaning Afghanistan has to approach it with big caution as Singapore is very dangerous as visitors. They can steal it away but we will call it a draw.
- Japan - Syria. After their last win on Thursday, Japan is looking very confident. On many occasions they have beaten Syria who is playing some excellent football. Both of them have already qualified. We just can sit back and watch how Japan is writing another three points on their account.
- Philippines - North Korea. The hosts are having hard times of beating someone at home. As North Korea is concerned they do want to extend this winless streak and, as already qualified, write new three points.
- Lebanon - Myanmar. With Kuwait out of the way, Lebanon regained second spot in the table. And to confirm that position today they are playing up against Myanmar side who is achieving some dreadful results.
- PR China - Qatar. First so called derby of the day. As Qatar did China a big favor by beating their closest rivals Hong Kong last Thursday, the hosts are looking very confident at home who have 16:0 goal difference. On the other hand Qatar has not lost a single game in this campaign so it should be an exciting and thrilling match. Many think of a draw, but we are seeing China as winners.
- India - Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan at the moment is having hard time adopting anywhere as visitors as they are losing every game. We have all three possible outcomes when meetings between these two occur but today we are calling it India's victory.
- Tajikistan - Kyrgyzstan. Anyone can take this game as both teams are having some mix results at the moment. Realistically this could end up in a draw but Kyrgyzstan is in a slight advantage stealing the away win.
- Uzbekistan - Bahrain. On their side's previous meeting so far we were having only draws with no victory for any team. But looking at the current form Uzbekistan can seal the win they needed badly to stay number one in the group.
- Iraq - Vietnam. Match of staying at number two position. Too many draws from Iraq in this campaign affect them as they need to write victory here opposing to a Vietnam side who will do everything in their power of winning and hoping the news from the other games. However Iraq should win this match.
- Palestine - Timor-Leste. To close this campaign Palestine will play the easiest opponent from the group. The first game Timor-Leste drew the match at 1:1 with Palestine. Things now are changed and, as they are playing, the hosts should write another win.
- IR Iran - Oman. Already qualified, both teams can win this game. Iran is in a slide advantage of sealing the match but based on their previous meetings most of them are draws so we believe another one is coming on the way.
- United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia. Another derby from today's games. The top two clash will have to give us some entertaining game. The goal differnce tells us some stonishing result from both teams: UAE with 20:0 as hosts and Saudi Arabia as 13:0 as visitors, just proves that we are going to expect a tough game. UAE wants to retaliate their loss from the first game but still we see Saudi Arabian team as favorites.
- Maldives - Bhutan. Last placed teams clash in the last leg of the second round. Both of them have lost their chance of qualifying long time ago and both are playing some dreadful football. However, Maldives are big favorites for the match and should record a easy win.

Last free bets from round four

Remaining 15 games are to be played this Tuesday. Lots of combinations, tactics are in store in all 13 groups and after the completion of the games we will know which teams will be getting closer to Gabon:

- Malawi - Guinea. Bottom clash action of the L group. Both teams practically lost their chances of qualifying but if someone wants to keep pace with the leaders than it needs to start winning this one. The two of them are struggling to record its first win but this should end in another draw.
- Lesotho - Seychelles. Seychelles are currently fighting for the second spot and with a victory they can only strengthen that second place. With loosing all three games so far Lesotho is now playing for pride. But we do not know how much of it will be when the visitors will steal the win away from them.
- Rwanda - Mauritius. Third place Rwanda want to keep pressure on Mauritius who are having their qualifiers of their life. On the other hand, Rwanda is recording some positive results so they have to comfortably win the game.
- Ethiopia - Algeria. The first game did not go well for the Ethiopians. After humiliating loss of 7:1 they are currently third. We think that this reverse game will only be continuation of Algeria's goal scoring machine. Certainly with not so much goals but enough for new three points.
- Niger - Senegal. Last against the first in the group. At the moment Senegal is playing awful football and it can not be sure of the new victory because Niger is also posing as threat. It may look like a easy win for the visitors who are also favorites on paper but we fear that only a draw should do.
- Namibia - Burundi. Middle clash table game and whoever wins here is one step closer to the final. Another tight game as both are scoring mix results lately. Because of the home pitch we give slight chances for the Namibian team.
- Togo - Tunisia. Top two clash with equal points. That means that both are strong, capable of scoring goals. Many see that this will end in a draw but we give a little more chances of victory for the guests.
- Angola - DR Congo. Angola continues to play some bad football but that also goes for the visitors as well. If Angola looses this match they can say goodbye to the finals while on the other hand DR Congo can feel confident of progressing through, with 2 games left, but a draw will settle both.
- Liberia - Djibouti. Probably the worst team in this group, Djibouti is hoping something to achieve in this game while Liberia is not playing very well also. Avoiding possible disgrace or slip-ups in the match can only boost Liberians of wanting the victory more.
- Uganda - Burkina Faso. Another top two clash teams. Uganda should feel more confident at the moment because Burkina Faso is playing dreadfully. However we can not throw away the draw but we think that Uganda team is too strong.
- Gambia - Mauritania. Mauritania is looking stronger in this group M clash with Gambia who is at the bottom. Anyone can take this match as both are struggling to record a victory. Still, a draw would be fair for both.
- Egypt - Nigeria. Egypt is playing better football at the moment as the Super Eagles are struggling to find its form. With Chad already gone only the top spot winner will qualify for the finals. As Egypt are very close of achieving that goal they should seal this game with another three points.
- South Africa - Cameroon. After an exciting two all draw last weekend South Africa is still struggling in the table. It can go to any one of these two, it will be a tight game but Bafana Bafana have to record its first victory in the group.
- Sudan - Ivory Coast. Out of three teams in the group, this is a top two clash. After a tough victory on Friday are one step closer to Gabon. Over here, both have equal chances of finishing the top place but the Elephants seems to be too strong  for Sudan.
- Morocco - Cape Verde. With an impressive goal difference of 5:0, no one can actually go up against Morocco. Also with three wins out of three the home side is proving that not even Cape Verde will do a significant result here. Of course they can dream of pulling a surprise but with this kind of defence is impossible as Morocco will like to maintain their winning streak.

Reverse leg four in CONCACAF

All six games scheduled in CONCACAF region is going to be played on Wednesday morning. For some European viewers it may be difficult to adjust staying late as all of them are playing in the small hours. But passionate (European) football lovers surely do not want to miss some great play, plenty of skills and lots of tempo who is providing this region:

30 March at 01.00 CET: Trinidad and Tobago - St. Vincent and the Grenadines => Group C.
30 March at 01.25 CET: United States of America - Guatemala => Group C.
30 March at 03.06 CET: Honduras - El Salvador => Group A.
30 March at 03.30 CET: Panama - Haiti => Group B.
30 March at 04.00 CET: Costa Rica - Jamaica => Group B.
30 March at 04.30 CET: Mexico - Canada => Group A.

Continuing action from CONMEBOL

Out of the three regions who are playing tomorrow are also the South American teams. On Tuesday evening-Wednesday morning excitement from this continent never stops as with great pleasure we will watch them all. In the sixth leg (maybe) Paraguay - Brazil can be called a derby but thrills are surely guaranteed from the other games as well:

29 March at 22.30 CET: Colombia - Ecuador.

30 March at 01.00 CET: Uruguay - Peru.
30 March at 01.30 CET: Argentina - Bolivia.
30 March at 01.30 CET: Venezuela - Chile.
30 March at 02.45 CET: Paraguay - Brazil.

Decisive games from round two

On Tuesday its decision time in Asia. Fourteen games will be played throughout the day and around 19.00 CET we will know the eight group winners, who among with the four best second placed teams, will qualify for round three (the last match is not taken into consideration as teams are playing only for pride). Last Thursday most of the strikers were in the mood as they scored 55 goals from just 15 games. Tomorrow we are not expecting so many goals as some matches will be tough (even to predict) but nevertheless will have some excitements as well. The pairs are the following:

11.00 CET: Australia - Jordan => Group B.
12.30 CET: Afghanistan - Singapore => Group Group E.
12.34 CET: Japan - Syria => Group E.
13.00 CET: South Korea - Kuwait => CANCELLED (due to Kuwait's suspension).
14.00 CET: Lebanon - Myanmar => Group G.
14.00 CET: Philippines - North Korea => Group H.
14.15 CET: PR China - Qatar => Group C.
14.30 CET: India - Turkmenistan => Group D.
15.00 CET: Tajikistan - Kyrgyzstan => Group B.
15.00 CET: Uzbekistan - Bahrain => Group H.
16.00 CET: Iraq - Vietnam => Group F.
16.00 CET: Palestine - Timor-Leste => Group A.
16.30 CET: IR Iran - Oman => Group D.
17.00 CET: United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia => Group A.
18.00 CET: Maldives - Bhutan => Group C.

The draw for the third round will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 12 April at 03.30 CET. At this level's (little) difficult matches two new groups will be formed with six teams each.

28 March 2016

Round four results from the penultimate day in Africa

Zimbabwe - Swaziland 4:0

Scorers: 1:0 51-pen Knowledge Musona
              2:0 56 Costa Nhamoinesu
              3:0 76 Evans Rusike
              4:0 85 Khama Billiat

Central African Republic - Madagascar 2:1

Scorers: 0:1 35 Faneva Ima Andriatsima
              1:1 53 Salif Keita
              2:1 65 Moussa Limane

Equatorial Guinea - Mali 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 89 Mustapha Yarabare

Libya - Sao Tome and Principe 4:0

Scorers: 1:0 51 Mohamed Zubya
              2:0 56 Mohamed Zubya
              3:0 70 Osama Abudoalslam
              4:0 74 Mohamed Zubya

Continuing free predictions from Africa

On the penultimate day in round four of the African qualifiers today four matches are in the program:

- Zimbabwe - Swaziland. This top two clash in group L will be very interesting to watch as both teams have similar win-draw result records with almost the same goal-difference. As both teams are fighting for the first place these kind of games are hard to predict but we give Zimbabwe a slight advantage taking the victory.
- Central African Republic - Madagascar. Quite the opposite from the first one these teams are struggling at the bottom in their group. Madagascar knows that without a victory today they will be out while Central African Republic have a good chance of going to Gabon. No one is playing good football so a draw would be fair for both.
- Equatorial Guinea - Mali. Mali would like to overtake top position in the group with new three points on their tally. No matter what they do in here Equatorial Guinea knows that are out for the final tournament. Many would give a draw but in order of importance for Mali they should take the match.
-  Libya - Sao Tome and Principe. Probably the most easiest game to predict out from the four. With no victory Libya is hoping to record first three points today as Sao Tome and Principe is playing dreadful football. The visitors stunned Libya last week but we fear that they can not pull that surprise up again.

Efficient strikers from the tiny Caribbean nations

Part of the Gold Cup competition, the qualification for Caribbean Cup continued with its third day of action. Strikers were pretty efficient on Wednesday morning as they scored 22 goals from 6 games:

British Virgin Islands - Dominica 0:7

Scorers: 0:1 20-own goal Ryan Dicker
              0:2 28 Kelrick Walters
              0:3 33 Chad Bertrand
              0:4 44 Julian Wade
              0:5 51 Kelrick Walters
              0:6 54 Julian Wade
              0:7 85 Julian Wade

Anguilla - Puerto Rico 0:4

Scorers: 0:1 16 Juan Coca
              0:2 41 Marco Velez
              0:3 51 Olvin Ortiz
              0:4 61 Olvin Ortiz  

Curacao - Dominican Republic 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 66 Gino von Ressel
              1:1 77 Edipo Encarnacion
              2:1 81 Felitciano Zschusschen

Bermuda - French Guiana 2:1

Scorers: 0:1 36 Rhudy Evens
             1:1 42 Wendell Ming
             2:1 76 Reginald Thomson-Lambe

Aruba - St. Kitts and Nevis 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 38 Harrison Panayiotou
              0:2 44 Romaine Sawyers

Sint Maarten - United States Virgin Islands 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 24 Ashanti Herring
              0:2 70 Trevor Wrensford
              1:2 89 Ramsley Boelijn   

Conclusion of this first qualifying round with the remaining 7 games will be played on Tuesday evening - Wednesday morning time. The program consist of the following pairs:

29 March at 22.00 CET: Dominican Republic - Barbados.
29 March at 22.15 CET: United States Virgin Islands - Grenada.
29 March at 22.30 CET: Suriname - Guadeloupe.

30 March at 00.30 CET: French Guyana - Cuba.
30 March at 01.00 CET: Dominica - Martinique.
30 March at 01.30 CET: Puerto Rico - Guyana.
30 March at 02.00 CET: Saint Kitts and Nevis - Antigua and Barbuda.

27 March 2016

Chad in trouble

Because of the financial situation Chad withdrew from the remaining 2017 qualifiers. With not take any part from this qualifying campaign all results of Chad are now cancelled and shall not be taking into account. This news means that from the three teams left in group G, only the winner will now qualify for the final tournament in Gabon next year and that the two lucky losers who are second placed teams does not apply to this group. According to CAF regulations, a team who is withdrawing from the tournament is automatically prohibited from the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers 2019 in Cameroon. Beside the forfeit Chadian FF is also fined 17.900 euros.

Eleven goals in five games

Kenya - Guinea-Bissau 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 81 Germano Luis-Mendes

Mozambique - Ghana 0:0

Botswana - Comoros 2:1

Scorers: 0:1 44 Youssouf M'Changama 
              1:1 48 Galabgwe Moyana
              2:1 87 Joel Mogorosi

Congo - Zambia 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 47 Jordan Massengo
              1:1 72 Winston Kalengo

Benin - South Sudan 4:1

Scorers: 1:0 23 Stephane Sessegnon
              2:0 38 Mickael Pote
              3:0 72 Jodel Dossou
              3:1 84 Atak Lual
              4:1 90 Stephane Sessegnon

Free tips for first five games

As the new round starts today slowly we begin to see which teams will be heading to Gabon in 2017. The following matches are scheduled to take place:

- Kenya - Guinea-Bissau. Another bottom clash table match with a must win for Kenya. On the other hand Guinea-Bissau with a victory can put up a pressure on the leaders. Anyone is favorite of winning but we predict a draw.
- Mozambique - Ghana. The last against the first in group H. Three out of three losses for Mozambique while the visitors have quite the opposite. Ghana are slight favorites here and with a win they can seal tickets to Gabon as they will not ruin their 100% win streak.
Botswana - Comoros. Not much has changed from last round as this is still a bottom clash game, Comoros pull up the surprise by winning the match this Thursday. But as the team is not playing very well away, Botswana should comfortably take this one.
- Congo - Zambia. A little derby today from all 5 games as the top two clash in group E. Both teams have identical win-draw results as it is very difficult to predict this game. Both are strong, both are capable of scoring, anyone can record a victory but we say it will be a draw.
- Benin - South Sudan. Awful South Sudanese team is recording only losses as visitors as this game will not come into question of who is winner. We see Benin as the only competitor in this group, who can put pressure on Mali and those two will fight until the end for the top spot. The conclusion: if Benin wants to realize that dream, they have to start winning big time and approach the other two games with big caution.

Fourth round starts today

By playing the reverse games from the previous round, the qualifiers in Africa for the Nations Cup is slowly entering the final stage. Over the next three days, round four games will be played with the next pairs:

27 March at 15.00 CET: Comoros - Botswana => Group D.
27 March at 15.00 CET: Kenya - Guinea-Bissau => Group E.
27 March at 15.00 CET: Mozambique - Ghana => Group H.
27 March at 16.30 CET: Congo - Zambia => Group E.
27 March at 17.00 CET: Benin - South Sudan => Group C.

28 March at 15.00 CET: Tanzania - Chad => Group G.
28 March at 15.00 CET: Zimbabwe - Swaziland => Group L.
28 March at 16.00 CET: Central African Republic - Madagascar => Group B.
28 March at 18.00 CET: Equatorial Guinea - Mali => Group C.
28 March at 18.00 CET: Libya - Sao Tome e Principe => Group F.

29 March at 14.30 CET: Malawi - Guinea => Group L.
29 March at 15.00 CET: Lesotho - Seychelles => Group J.
29 March at 15.30 CET: Rwanda - Mauritius => Group H.
29 March at 16.00 CET: Ethiopia - Algeria => Group J.
29 March at 16.00 CET: Niger - Senegal => Group K.
29 March at 17.00 CET: Namibia - Burundi => Group K.
29 March at 17.00 CET: Togo - Tunisia => Group A.
29 March at 18.00 CET: Angola - DR Congo => Group B.
29 March at 18.00 CET: Liberia - Djibouti => Group A.
29 March at 18.00 CET: Uganda - Burkina Faso => Group D.
29 March at 18.30 CET: Gambia - Mauritania => Group M.
29 March at 19.00 CET: Egypt - Nigeria => Group G.
29 March at 19.00 CET: South Africa - Cameroon => Grroup M.
29 March at 19.00 CET: Sudan - Ivory Coast => Group I.
29 March at 21.00 CET: Morocco - Cape Verde => F.

26 March 2016

Completion of round three

Mauritius - Rwanda 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 59 Francis Rasolfonirina

Seychelles - Lesotho 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 02 Gervais Waye-Hive
              2:0 78 Dine Suzette

Burundi - Namibia 1:3

Scorers: 0:1 55 Benson Shilongo
              0:2 58 Peter Shalulile
              1:2 84 Fiston Abdul Razak
              1:3 90 Peter Shalulile

DR Congo - Angola 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 20-pen Cedric Bakambu
              2:0 77 Elia Meschak
              2:1 90-pen Fredy

Cameroon - South Africa 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 17 Tokelo Rantie
              1:1 45 Sebastien Siani
              1:2 50 Hlompo Kekana
              2:2 67 Nicolas N'Koulou

Cape Verde - Morocco 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 26-pen Youssef el Arabi

Burkina Faso - Uganda 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 59-pen Jonathan Pitroipa

Senegal - Niger 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 15 Mohamed Diame
              2:0 68 Baye Oumar Niasse

Last day of games from round 3

The following 8 games are scheduled for today:

- Mauritius - Rwanda. These two teams practically have lost its chances of qualifying for Gabon. Both of them are playing bad football but Rwanda is a little bit closer to victory.
- Seychelles - Lesotho. Bottom clash at group J. With no victories, out of these two sides Seychelles have small or minimal chances of progressing through. If they want to keep ahead, the hosts have to win this game but it will be very hard. A draw will be fair of all.
- Burundi - Namibia. With one victory so far Burundi keep pressure on the leaders Senegal in group K. Namibia has lost its two games with 0:3 goal difference. They will try to stall the game for a draw but we do not think that will be the case.Any other result from a win for Burundi will be a surprise here.
- DR Congo - Angola.  The Democratic Republic of Congo is achieving some good results lately and are favorites to take Angola. Leaders of the table Angola have not conceded any goal in these qualifiers and they will try to remain undefeated but the hosts can not allow any more surprises here.
- Cameroon - South Africa. One of the derby of the day. Cameroon is looking very confident at these qualifiers and would like to win the opponent who gives them lot of trouble. With basically no chances of progressing through the South Africans will try to stall the game but the Indomitable Lions should win.
- Cape Verde - Morocco. Another derby of the day as the top two teams clashing together. Very difficult game to predict as anyone can win. Tight match, little goals are expected with a draw.
- Burkina Faso - Uganda. Top battle teams in group D. Surprise leaders so far Uganda have maximum points from two games and they will try to maintain that record. As Burkina Faso looks also a strong team many of us thinks that another draw will happen. A slight advantage we are giving to the visitors.
- Senegal - Niger. Senegal is enjoying the top spot in group K. A clear favorite for victory against Niger who is having mix results. So other than a win here for Senegal it will be surprise for all.

First day results from CONCACAF region

St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Trinidad and Tobago 2:3

Scorers: 1:0 45-pen Myron Samuel
              1:1 58 Joevin Jones
              1:2 71 Levi Garcia
              2:2 77 Shandel Samuel
              2:3 81 Levi Garcia

Haiti - Panama 0:0

Jamaica - Costa Rica 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 16 Je-Vaughn Watson
              1:1 67 Johnny Acosta
El Salvador - Honduras 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 18 Alberto Elis
              1:1 45+2 Pablo Punyed
              1:2 59 Anthony Lozano
              2:2 88 Nelson Bonilla

Guatemala - United States of America 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 06 Rafael Morales
              2:0 15 Carlos Ruiz

Canada - Mexico 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 31 Javier Hernandez (aka Chicharito)
              0:2 39 Hirving Lozano
              0:3 72 Jesus Corona

Four goal thriller gave no winner

Brazil - Uruguay 2:2

Scorers: 1:0 01 (41 seconds) Douglas Costa
              2:0 25 Renato Augusto
              2:1 31 Edinson Cavani
              2:2 48 Luis Suarez

Last game free tip

The remaining match from the CONMEBOL qualifiers sees Brazil taking on Uruguay. At fifth place at the moment Brazil need this win to ease its path of future games. But the unpleasant rival Uruguay will not give up that easily as they do want something from this vital game. Favorite on paper and before their own supporters Brazil have to win this duel after a hard-fought match.

25 March 2016

Penultimate day results from round three

Swaziland - Zimbabwe 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 02 Felix Badenhorst
              1:1 44-own goal Njabulo Ndlovu

Nigeria - Egypt 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 60 Etebo Oghenekaro
              1:1 90 Mohamed Salah

Mauritania - Gambia 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 36 Cheikh Moulaye Khalil
              1:1 65 Mustapha Carayol
              2:1 90+6 Cheikh Moulaye Khalil

Ivory Coast - Sudan 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 33 Kouassi Gervais (aka Gervinho)

Guinea - Malawi 0:0

Tunisia - Togo 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 47 Youssef Msakni

Mali - Equatorial Guinea 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 81 Milla Wague

Algeria - Ethiopia 7:1

Scorers: 1:0 24 Sofiane Feghouli
              2:0 32 Islam Slimani
              3:0 48 Sofiane Feghouli
              4:0 72 Yacine Brahimi
              5:0 75 Saphir Taider
              6:0 81 Abdelkader Ghezzal
              6:1 85 Getaneh Kebede
              7:1 90+3 Islam Slimani

Free bets from CONCACAF games

The last continental region to start is CONCACAF. One game is played tonight, while all others are played on Saturday morning. The following pairs on the first day of games, out of two, are scheduled like this:

- St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Trinidad and Tobago. On its third day of play St. Vincent and the Grenadines looks like they are out of qualifying to the next round. Probably the weakest team in the group already has a negative goal difference of 1:10 with maximum losses. The favorite Trinidad and Tobago will welcome new 3 points which they will be closer of progressing through.
- Haiti - Panama. If they want to progress this round Haiti needs to start winning, preferably from this game. Panama is a tough team to beat specially if they are playing away, as visitors. That is how we look Panama as slight favorite.
- Jamaica - Costa Rica. Often games between these two sides are ending in draw. Is really hard to predict his game as Costa Rica from the top spot looks favorite to take the win, but we will say that the game will end up in a draw.
- El Salvador - Honduras. Honduras in bottom place plays El Salvador in worst possible time for them knowing that a loss could be catastrophic and that would be out. As anyone can take this game we calculated that the host have little advantage and should win.
- Guatemala - United States of America. Neither side is playing good football at the moment, both teams are having mix results and no one is in advantage. By the looks of it Guatemala is a slight favorite to take the win but a draw would be fair for all.
- Canada - Mexico. Probably a derby of this match day 3. No matter where they play Mexico always is considered to be favorite for a win but Canada can give them a hard time. Top two teams in action who no one concedes a goal so far in the qualifiers and who ever win this it could be way ahead of the other teams in the group. We are expecting a tough, entertaining game, lots of chances and a Mexican win.

Third day predictions

In past two previous days we did not saw many of goals scored in these qualifiers. Maybe today the strikers will start 'functioning' properly in the following games:

- Swaziland - Zimbabwe. Top two clash in group L. Their meetings so far ended really tight with little goals scored and here we give slight advantage to Zimbabwe as they seems know how to score more than Swaziland.
- Nigeria - Egypt. In 2016 Nigeria plays some good football unlike Egypt who is having some difficult time finding the good form. No matter from the mixed results from them, this is still considering a derby of all today's games. As such, these two top the table and it may well go in a draw. This may go to a draw, but something tells us that Nigeria will win this game as the Super Eagles very hard receive goals at home.
- Mauritania - Gambia. Mauritania seems to have a little advantage over Gambia because of the home pitch. Both teams are playing awfully at the moment and it looks like this will end in a draw. But a win here for Mauritania will put them closer and closer to Gabon.
- Ivory Coast - Sudan. Favorites on paper, the Elephants just have to win the game after a dreadful start of this campaign. Currently in second place, Sudan have nothing to lose opposing the ANC defending champions and show brave approach to the game. We can not say that many goals will be scored but we can say that Ivory Coast will win.
- Guinea - Malawi. After a slip up from the first two games Guinea is showing some good results from the beginning of the year. Exactly as the hots, Malawi also did not start well. As this is a bottom clash match in group L whoever win this will have a better continuation in the qualifiers. Less goals are expected here with Guinea taking this one.
- Tunisia - Togo. A little surprised number one team from the first two games, Togo now is struggling to get back on the right track. A boost from Tunisia will be a good thing starting from this game but the only fair result here will be the draw, as both teams cannot find their good form.
- Mali - Equatorial Guinea. Mali will be hoping to win the match ahead of this evening's game with Equatorial Guinea. The visitors are playing bad at the moment and with the win Mail will top the table.
- Algeria - Ethiopia. Last game of the day with the top two teams in group J. By looking at the impressive goal difference of 7:1 Algeria just shows they have a strong defence with maximum points. On the other hand Ethiopia, with a mix results they are having just want to be back on winning ways. The visitors can pull up a surprise here but we think that Algeria will take the game.

Football has lost a great legend

One of the great football legend left us today. After a long battle with lung cancer Johan Cruyff has died today in Barcelona at the age of 68.
He became popular with Ajax and Barcelona. With Ajax won three consecutive European Cups from 1971 and helped Holland reaching the 1974 World Cup final. From 1990/91 until 1993/94 Cruyff won four consecutive titles with Barcelona who remained influential figure at the club for the rest of his life. Three times was voted world player of the year. For five different clubs he scored 293 goals from 521 appearances. 'You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you' said by Johan Cruyff in one of his many quotes.
Many football players and officials today were sending their last tribute to the Dutch mastermind.

Winless hosts

Bolivia - Colombia 2:3

Scorers: 0:1 10 James Rodriguez
              0:2 41 Carlos Bacca
              1:2 49-pen Juan Carlos Arce
              2:2 62 Alejandro Chumacero
              2:3 90+1 Edwin Cardona

Ecuador - Paraguay 2:2

Scorers: 1:0 20 Enner Valencia
              1:1 38 Dario Lezcano
              1:2 58 Dario Lezcano
              2:2 90+1 Angel Mena

Chile - Argentina 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 10 Felipe Gutierrez
              1:1 19 Angel di Maria
              1:2 25 Gabriel Mercado

Peru - Venezuela 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 32-pen Romulo Otero
              0:2 57 Mikel Villanueva  
              1:2 61 Jose Paolo Guerrero
              2:2 90+3 Raul Ruidiaz

Asian qualifiers gave us plenty of goals

Australia - Tajikistan 7:0

Scorers: 1:0 02 Massimo Luongo
              2:0 12-pen Mile Jedinak
              3:0 57-pen Mark Milligan
              4:0 67 Nathan Burns
              5:0 70 Tom Rogic
              6:0 72 Tom Rogic
              7:0 86 Nathan Burns

Japan - Afghanistan 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 43 Shinji Okazaki
              2:0 58 Hiroshi Kiyotake
              3:0 63-own goal Mohammad Sharif Mohammad
              4:0 74 Maya Yoshida
              5:0 78 Mu Kanazaki

South Korea - Lebanon 1:0 

Scorer: 1:0 90+2 Lee Jung-Hyub

PR China - Maldives 4:0

Scorers: 1:0 03 Ning Jiang
              2:0 13 Xu Jang
              3:0 84 Ning Jiang
              4:0 90 Ning Jiang

Vietnam - Chinese Taipei 4:1

Scorers:  0:1 07 Wu Chun-Ching
               1:1 08 Le Cong Vinh
               2:1 29 Nguyen Van Toan
               3:1 42 Nguyen Van Toan
               4:1 90+1 Le Cong Vinh

Jordan - Bangladesh 8:0

Scorers: 1:0 06 Hamza al Daradreh
              2:0 23 Hamza al Daradreh
              3:0 29-pen Abdallah Deeb
              4:0 32 Yusef al Rawashdeh
              5:0 40 Hamza al Daradreh
              6:0 62 Baha Faisal
              7:0 81 Yousef al Naber
              8:0 90+2 Ahmed Samir

Uzbekistan - Philippines 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 59 Anzur Ismailov

Iraq - Thailand 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 39 Mongkol Tossakrai
              1:1 66 Mahdi Kamel
              1:2 87 Adisak Kraisorn
              2:2 90-own goal Koravit Namsiwet

IR Iran - India 4:0

Scorers: 1:0 33-pen Ehsan Haji Safi
              2:0 61 Serdar Azmoun
              3:0 66-pen Ehsan Haji Safi
              4:0 78 Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Oman - Guam 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 53 Ahmed Mubarak al Mahajri

United Arab Emirates - Palestine 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 32 Ismail al Hammadi
              2:0 60-pen Ahmed Khalil

Bahrain - Yemen 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 32-pen Ismail Abdul-Latif
              2:0 63 Abdulwahab al Malood
              3:0 90+2 Mohammed al Rumaihi

Qatar - Hong Kong 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 20 Hassan al Haidos
              2:0 86 Sebastian Soria

Syria - Cambodia 6:0

Scorers: 1:0 07 Omar Khribin
              2:0 20 Omar Khribin
              3:0 57 Ahmad Kallasi
              4:0 70-own goal Leng Makara
              5:0 81 Abdel Razaq al Hussain
              6:0 84 Sanharib Bueyueksal

Saudi Arabia - Malaysia 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 50 Mohammed al-Sahlawi
              2:0 73  Taisir al-Jassim