10 interesting stats from Friday’s UEFA World Cup qualifiers

0 – No European nation has booked their place to the 2014 World Cup yet with the majority of teams only having 2 or 3 matches to play.

1 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick for Portugal in their 4-2 win in Northern Ireland.

3 – Belgium, Croatia and Spain are the only three nations to have locked in a top two finish. The winners of all 9 groups automatically qualify for Brazil 2014, whilst the 8 best runners-up enter the playoffs in November to determine the final 4 places from Europe.

4 – Portugal centre-back Bruno Alves has scored 4 goals in qualifying. The Fenerbahçe summer signing scored a 17-yard volley to open the scoring for Portugal in their 4-2 victory in Northern Ireland on Friday. Cristiano Ronaldo scored 3 goals in the final 23 minutes to take his tally to 4 in qualifying also.

8 – Ukraine had eight different goalscorers in their 9-0 thrashing of San Marino on Friday. Centre-back Yevhen Khacheridi was the only player to score twice. Marko Dević, Yevhen Seleznyov, Edmar, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Roman Bezus, Artem Fedetskiy and Yaroslav Rakitskiy scored the other goals.

14 – Of the 53 nations competing in European qualifying, 14 have now been eliminated. Prior to Friday, the Faroe Islands, San Marino and Scotland had already been eliminated. Joining them after Friday’s results are: Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Scotland and Serbia.

23 – Bosnia and Herzegovina had been the top scorers in qualification prior to Friday’s games with 23 goals in their first six matches. They were beaten 1-0 at home by Slovakia to relinquish their solo lead at the top of Group G.

25 – England and Germany are the top scorers in qualification with 25 goals each through seven matches. Germany were 3-0 winners over Austria on Friday whilst England won 4-0 at home to Moldova.

68 – Miroslav Klose’s opener for Germany saw the SS Lazio striker tie Gerd Müller’s national team record with 68 goals. Joachim Löw’s side beat Austria 3-0 to maintain their 5-point lead at the top of Group C. germany travel to the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

79 – A total of 79 goals were scored across the 25 European qualifiers on Friday night with Georgia and France playing out the only 0-0.

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