World Cup qualifying
Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday after a stoppage-time penalty by Keisuke Honda secured a 1-1 draw with Australia.
Frank Lampard earned a 1-1 draw for England against Ireland in a scrappy but peaceful friendly on Wednesday, the rivals' first encounter since hooliganism forced the abandonment of a game between them 18 years ago.
Santos Laguna striker Oribe Peralta will not be included on Mexico's team for upcoming Confederations Cup and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying due to an injury to his right knee.
FIFA on Tuesday denied a bid from the Costa Rica soccer federation, which requested a World Cup qualifier against the United States be replayed after losing 1-0 in a snowstorm.
Mario Balotelli scored twice as Italy overcame a shaky start to beat Malta 2-0 on Tuesday, extending the Azzurri's lead at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.
Pedro's second-half strike ensured Spain moved to the top of Group I after claiming a 1-0 victory at World Cup qualification rivals France
Argentina fought back from a goal down to claim a potentially valuable point from its World Cup qualifier in Bolivia.
A stoppage-time equalizer from Nnamdi Oduamadi spared Nigeria's blushes as the African Nations Cup winners struggled to 1-1 draw with Kenya in World Cup qualifying Group F on Saturday.
France took control of Group I of the World Cup qualifying campaign as it eased to a 3-1 victory over Georgia in Paris on Friday, while Spain was held by Finland 1-1.
Two goals from Gonzalo Higuain plus a Lionel Messi penalty handed Argentina a convincing 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Venezuela in Buenos Aires on Friday night.
With Omar Bravo and Jonny Magallon rejoining the group, the Mexican national team practices got started Monday for CONCACAF 2014 World Cup qualifying.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has left out Fernando Torres from his squad for two World Cup qualifiers, including the critical match against France.
Mexico lost a 19-game winning streak at Azteca stadium with a 0-0 draw against Jamaica on Wednesday in their first match of the final round of World Cup qualifying.
Spain's national team headed to Doha, Qatar, Monday to face Uruguay in a World Cup qualifying friendly minus Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso, both of whom are injured.