Italy and Netherlands qualify for 2014 World Cup
The world is eagerly waiting for the most watched sporting event, FIFA Football World Cup, which is scheduled to start from the second week of June and end on July. Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup, for which the qualifiers are still going on. Italy and Netherlands became the first two European nations to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.
Italy qualified after defeating Czech Republic with the score reading 2-1. The Italians showed their true colours as they came from two goals down to overturn Czech Republic's lead after Libor Kozak scored the goal in the 19th minute. But that was soon canceled with Giorgio Chellini goal from a corner kick in the 52nd minute. The match winning goal was scored by Italy's striker, Mario Balotelli via spot-kick.
The Italians have already won six of the eight games played, which has helped them qualify before it becomes a panicky situation in the last few rounds of the qualifiers. Now with their qualification, Italy will focus on World
Cup 2014, for which they are a strong favourite.
Another strong team, Netherlands, which comprises of a number of star players also booked their place for World Cup 2014. They defeated Andorra with a brace scored by the Manchester United star, Robin Van Persie. It was an easy game for Netherlands, who were expected to make it to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
In group D, Netherlands has topped the group with 22 points and Hungary lie second with 14 points. The final list of teams that will feature in the 2014 World Cup has not been completed with some more teams yet to qualify. The tournament will feature 32 nations.