In Pictures: World Cup qualifying

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Japan are edging closer to World Cup qualifying after a 1-0 away victory to Iraq put them in the driving seat of Group B in the Asian qualifiers Image Courtesy-TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images

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In Group A Lebanon stunned three-time Asian champions Iran 1-0 in Beirut to throw wide open their qualifying campaign Image Courtesy-MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS

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But South Korea drew with Uzbekistan 2-2 missing a chance to take control of Group A in Asia. Image Courtesy-Anvar Ilyasov/AP

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In Europe Roberto Soldado snatched a late winner as Spain began the defence of their world title with a 1-0 victory away to Georgia Image Courtesy-DAVID MDZINARISHVILI/REUTERS

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Alexander Kerzhakov scored twice to help Russia ease to a 4-0 victory over Israel as Fabio Capello's team retained a perfect record after two games Image Courtesy-Ariel Schalit/AP

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Germany confirmed their top spot in European qualifying edging Austria 2-1. Goals in either half from Marco Reus and Mesut Oezil puts them on top of Group C with six points, ahead of Ireland. Image Courtesy-ROLAND SCHLAGER/EPA

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France took control of their 2014 World Cup qualifying group by overcoming a second-half wobble to beat Belarus 3-1 at Stade de France Image Courtesy-PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images

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Frank Lampard held his nerve to rescue lacklustre England as the Chelsea midfielder's late penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw against Ukraine at Wembley Stadium. Image Courtesy-Michael Regan/Getty Images

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Italy kick-started their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Malta. It’s the first win for the Azzurri in Group B coming four days after a 2-2 draw with Bulgaria Image Courtesy-STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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