World Cup - Winners and losers

Thu, 15 Oct 09:59:00 2009

Who can look back on their final World Cup qualifiers with pride, and who just wants to run and hide.

2009 World Cup qual Peter Crouch - 0

WINNERS

Peter Crouch - Kept himself firmly in the England picture with two goals against Belarus, taking his England tally to 16 in 17 starts. Despite those stats, the Spurs striker admitted he does not expect to start in next month's friendly against Brazil.

Ukraine - Ended their qualifying campaign in strong fashion, unbeaten in their last six games, to seal a play-off spot at the expense of Croatia.

Simao Sabrosa - The Atletico Madrid playmaker took on the captain's armband for Portugal in Cristiano Ronaldo's absence for the last two qualifiers, and fired in three goals to drag Portugal into the play-offs.

Alvaro Negredo - Scored twice on his full debut for Spain. The Sevilla striker proves that the European champions have strength in attack beyond Torres and Villa.

Peace - Turkey's clash with Armenia meant nothing in terms of qualification as both were already out, but it was an opportune way to mark a peace accord signed between the two countries after a century of animosity.

LOSERS

Costa Rica - Pipped to an automatic place in South Africa by Honduras after they conceded a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with USA.

Uruguay - La Celeste reached their third successive World Cup play-off after Diego Forlan and co failed to beat Argentina in Montevideo. They must now beat Costa Rica over two legs to qualify.

Seweryn Gancarczyk - The Poland defender came a cropper in a snow-covered Chorzow when he swiped a cross into his own net to ensure opponents Slovakia topped Group Three.

Oguchi Onyewu - Playing for USA, who had already secured qualification, defender Onyewu landed awkwardly and tore a tendon in his knee. He now faces four months on the sidelines, meaning he'll have to wait even longer for his Serie A debut following a summer move to Milan.

Barack Obama - The US President receiving the Nobel Peace Prize drew criticism from an unlikely source - Fabio Capello. The England boss compared David Beckham being named man of the match for a half-hour appearance against Belarus to Obama winning the award after just eight months in the White House.

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