Jean Beausejour, Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia take steps closer to the 2014 World Cup.The big winners of the first round of international games for September were Jean Beausejour, Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia as their respected nations Chile and Honduras moved ever closer to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Beausejour's Chile powered through Venezuela with a 3-0 win which lifted them into third place on 24 points, just two behind joint South American qualifying leaders Argentina and Colombia.
The left sider came on as a 73rd minute substitute with his side already 2-0 up.
In the North/Central America and Caribbean qualifying zone Honduras leap-frogged opponents Mexico into third place, coming from behind in Mexico City to win 2-1.
Central midfielder Roger Espinoza played the full 90 minutes with left back Juan Carlos Garcia an unused substitute.
Honduras now sit two points ahead of Mexico with three games to play and will face fifth place Panama on Wednesday.
In European qualifying for the World Cup, both Republic of Ireland and Scotland tasted defeat as the latter slipped to bottom place in Group A and James McClean's Ireland fell three points behind second place Sweden in Group C after losing out 2-1 to their Scandinavian opponents.
McClean played 74 minutes in Dublin and sent out a warning shot just moments before Robbie Keane opened the scoring, when the pacey winger's looping cross bounced off the top of Sweden's cross bar.
Shaun Maloney played the full 90 minutes for Scotland as they lost 2-0 top unbeaten, table-toppers Belgium at Hampden Park, with James McArthur and unused substitute.
In further Scotland news, Fraser Fyvie featured for the Under 21s on Thursday, playing 77 minutes in a 4-0 defeat to Netherlands, leaving Scotland fourth in their European Championship qualifying group on three points following an opening game 3-0 win against Luxembourg.
Be sure to check back on the website on Thursday for our next international round-up.