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Tuesday Internationals Open Thread

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Blergh, international matches.
Blergh, international matches.
Mike Hewitt

It's finally here, the last international FIFA matchday of 2013; it's finally here!

I never thought the day would come. After this, it's smooth sailing without interruptions all the way until next spring. Hallelujah!

On the competitive side of things, we have the second legs of all four European World Cup playoffs as well as the last remaining African playoff second legs all set to go ahead today, beginning with the latter two. Egypt vs. Ghana starts the festivities, Algeria vs. Burkina Faso and the four European ties follow, New Zealand vs. Mexico finishes things off at 10pm PST. Although it's probably a bit of a stretch to call that and the Ghana match "competitive" after first leg results of 5-1 and 6-1, respectively.

On the non-competitive side of things, Netherlands vs. Colombia and Brazil vs. Chile could entertain as much as Italy vs. Nigeria did yesterday. But perhaps it'll be Malta vs. Faroe Islands (2pm EST) that holds to the key to our salvation.

Discuss.