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Chelsea players on international duty: how & when to watch tomorrow

Wherein we'll get to find out the results of all the UEFA qualifying groups for Brazil 2014, especially those last-chance second spots. Group B & Group D are ones to keep an eye on, as well as the big question of can England qualify automatically?

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BRAZIL vs. Zambia

Who: Ramires (37), David Luiz (30), Oscar (25)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12:45 BST; 7:45am EDT
Where: Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China
How: BT Sport 1 (UK); beIN Sport Play (USA)

Why: More friendlies for Brazil. This one's in China, for whatever reason.

GHANA vs. Egypt

Who: Michael Essien (53), Christian Atsu (19)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 16:30 BST; 11:30am EDT
Where: Kumasi Sports Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana
How: ESPN (UK); beIN Sport (USA)

Why: The fifth and last African third round qualifying playoff gets underway, as Ghana look to join other first leg winners Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria rather than slightly disappointing Cameroon who only managed a 0-0 draw away to Tunisia. The Black Stars have qualified for the previous two World Cups while Egypt haven't participated since 1990.


Who: Petr Cech (104)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 19:15 BST; 2:15pm EDT
Where: Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
How: ESPN3 (USA)

Why: At first glance, it looks like the Czechs still have a chance, but as astute commenters have pointed out, the once-proud home of Nedved & Co. are already out thanks to a quirk in the qualifying rules regarding last placed nations in six-team groups. Basically, because the Czechs have only managed to truly get it together whenever they were playing lowly Malta, they collected fewer "relevant" points than any other nation still vying for those second qualifying spots. It's a long story, best quickly forgotten as all attention should turn to Euro 2016 and what needs to happen to right the Czech Republic's ship.

SERBIA vs. Macedonia

Who: Branislav Ivanovic (65)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 19:30 BST; 2:30pm EDT
Where: Stadion Jagodina, Jagodina, Serbia
How: ESPN3 (USA)

Why: Serbia have had a bad qualifying campaign, Macedonia an even worse one. Both nations have been eliminated a long time ago, so this one may be for just a bit of Balkan pride.

Sweden vs. GERMANY

Who: Andre Schurrle (27)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 19:30 BST; 2:30pm EDT
Where: Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
How: GolTV (USA)

Why: On paper, a juicy fixture. In reality, probably a bit of a bore as neither nation has anything to play for at all. Even the name of the stadium is rather friendly! Germany dominated this group and sealed the top spot with relentless efficiency. Sweden Zlatan'd their way to second quite easily and will now await one of seven other second place finishers for the playoffs.

SPAIN vs. Georgia

Who: Juan Mata (29)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 20:00 BST; 3pm EDT
Where: Estadio Carlos Belmonte, Albacete, Spain
How: BT Sport 2 (UK); ESPN3 (USA)

Why: Somewhat unexpectedly, Spain do have something to play for on the final day of the group qualifying stage. While both them and their neighbors to the north (no, not Andorra) have qualified for the next round, the top spot in the group is still up for grabs thanks to two home(!) draws by the Spanish winning-machine. So as France play Finland in a must-win, Spain host Georgia in a must-not-lose.

ENGLAND vs. Poland

Who: Frank Lampard (101), Gary Cahill (20)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 20:00 BST; 3pm EDT
Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England
How: ITV1 (UK); Fox Sports 1 (USA)

Why: Despite having gone undefeated in the group so far, England made their fans sweat. But they've now secured at least second place in the group and with a win in this one would qualify automatically for next year's World Cup.

BELGIUM vs. Wales

Who: Eden Hazard (39), Romelu Lukaku (23), Kevin De Bruyne (16), Thibaut Courtois (13)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 20:00 BST; 3pm EDT
Where: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
How: Sky Sports 3 (UK); ESPN3 (USA)

Why: Belgium look to put the bow on an impressive qualification campaign in this glorified friendly.

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