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Italy Joins Netherlands as 2014 World Cup Quailfiers

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(Corrects Germany score in final paragraph.)

Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Italy and the Netherlands both won to become the first teams from Europe to qualify for the 2014 soccer World Cup.

Italy beat the Czech Republic 2-1 to guarantee a first-place finish in qualifying Group B with two games left, while the Dutch won 2-0 at Andorra to take Group D.

The winners of each of the nine European groups advance to the World Cup in Brazil, with the best eight runners-up going into a playoff for the remaining four slots.

Germany won 3-0 at the Faroe Islands and Switzerland beat Norway 2-0 to give both victors five-point leads in their groups with two games left. England’s 0-0 draw in Ukraine moved it one point ahead of Montenegro, which didn’t play tonight, in Group H.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bob Bensch at bbensch@bloomberg.net

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