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The biggest winners of the international break

Monday 14th November 2016

Brazil



Remember the Estadio Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte? That was the site where Brazil got humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the 2014 world cup semi-final. Since then, the Brazilian national team has avoided the Estadio Mineirão like a plague – fearing the Ghost of that defeat, maybe.
However, on Thursday 10th November, Brazil returned to Belo Horizonte to square-up against Argentina and the Samba boys really danced to some thrilling Samba – Argentina was well beaten as the Brazilians wrapped up a 3-nil victory to cement their place atop the CONMEBOL world cup qualifying standings.

Quick fact: Brazil has never missed a World Cup!

England



Gareth Southgate is definitely doing something right with the Three Lions. You can't help but admire the way England go about their fixtures these days. They seem to look more formidable than we've seen in recent times. On Friday 11th November, England were all smiles by the time referee Cuneyt Cakir blew the final whistle in the game against Scotland.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, and Garry Cahill secured a big win for the Three Lions. It's a good way to end the year for England, considering that the next time England play a game in world cup qualifying will be March next year – England sits top of group F with 10 points.

Germany



The Germans are usually ruthless in any qualifiers they engage in. Well, the Die Mannschaft exhausted every bullet on their opposition, as they ran riot against San Marino. The small Italian-speaking nation of San Marino was simply no match for the world cup winners as they were routed 8-nil at home.
The German team can do wrong at the moment, that 8-0 win ensured they maintain their 100 percent record in the 2018 world cup qualification campaign. They sit top of group C with 12 points from 4 games.

Belgium

The Red Devils are respected in world football because of the plethora of superstars they usually have on parade. The Belgians were once again big winners in this weekend's world cup qualifiers as they trounced lowly Estonia 8-1 on Sunday.

That win also ensured that Belgium maintained their 100 percent record in group H. That goal is the only goal that Belgium have conceded so far, having scored 21 times in the process.

Switzerland



The Swiss team has done remarkably well in qualifying; they are on this list because they've really impressed me so far. The Schweizer Nati have an impeccable record in world cup qualifying and sit atop group B with a 100 percent record.

On Sunday, the Swiss picked up a 2-nil victory over the Faroe Islands to go three points above Portugal who lie 2nd with 9 points.

Israel



Here's one team I'm following closely – the Israeli team. It looked like the best finish Israel could hope for in group G was a 3rd place finish, after being listed in the same group as Italy and Spain; but Israel is not giving up without a fight.

On Saturday, Israel went away to beat Albania 3-nil, that win lifted them up to 9 points in group G just one point below leaders Italy and Spain.

Poor discipline from the Albanians saw them finish the game with just 9 men; in the end, it was Israel 3-0 Albania – a big win for the men from Jerusalem.

Nigeria



So much for Europe, in Africa, Nigeria also enjoyed a big win themselves. The West Africans coasted to a 3-1 home victory against Algeria.

Why was this a big win for the super eagles? For one, they beat a team ranked 25 places above them by FIFA and of course stretched the gap as group B leaders in CAF world cup qualifying, to four points.

Here's to all the big winners of the international break (including those not mentioned), I have you to thank for the two hours I spent watching your astonishing highlights, cheers!
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.


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