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27 March 2013

McCarthy and Al Habsi in draws while Beausejour's Chile come out on top.

Jean Beausejour was the most successful international on show last night as his Chile side beat Uruguay 2-0 in the South American qualifying zone to move up to fourth and into an automatic qualifying spot for the World Cup in Brazil 2014.

The left wing back played 69 minutes, with both goals being scored before he was substituted, Angelo Henriquez was an unused sub.

Further up the group in South America, Argentina had to fight back for a 1-1 draw against Bolivia, with Franco Di Santo coming on as a late substitute as the two-time World Cup winners pushed for three points.

Argentina are still top of that group, four points above second.

Two other teams firmly in contention to make it to Brazil are Republic of Ireland and Oman.

James McCarthy played another 90 minutes for Ireland as they came from behind against Austria but were pegged back in the last minute to draw 2-2, leaving them fourth on eight points but level with second and third place Sweden and last night's opponents.

Ali Al Habsi's quest to help Oman qualify through the Asian zone is still on after a 2-2 away draw with Australia.

Oman and Australia remain level on points after the draw in fourth and third, just one point behind second place Jordan who sit in the final automatic qualifying spot.

Al Habsi's 90 minutes against the Socceroos adds to the clean sheet he got against Haiti in a friendly last week as his international career continues to grow.

It wasn't such a successful night for Honduras and Scotland though, with both suffering 2-0 defeats.

Roger Espinoza and Maynor Figueroa both played 90 minutes away against Panama and despite defeat it is only the third game of the final North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying group, with Honduras joint second and just one point behind last night's opponents.

Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil were extinguished with defeat in Serbia, Gary Caldwell played the full game, with James McArthur being replaced just before half time and Shaun Maloney played 80 minutes.

Today's birthday boy Fraser Fyvie came out better for Scotland as their Under 21 side won 3-0 against Luxembourg on Monday, with the 20-year-old playing the full 90 minutes.

Filip Orsula was also in Under 21 action starting for Slovakia against Slovenia in a 2-1 defeat and Joel Robles was an unused substitute as Spain beat Russia 3-1 in Alcoron.

In total the 13 international players to cross the white line for their countries worked up over 1,500 minutes between them.

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