World champion Spain and England were among seven teams to secure a soccer World Cup spot in the final round of group qualifiers. Former winner France and 2010 semifinalist Uruguay dropped into the playoffs.
World champion Spain and England were among four European teams to reach next year’s soccer World Cup by topping their qualifying groups, as Turkey was eliminated and former winner France dropped into the playoffs.
Daniel Sturridge scored the winning goal on his birthday as Liverpool defeated defending champion Manchester United 1-0 to move atop English soccer’s Premier League. Arsenal beat north London rival Tottenham 1-0 and Swansea won 2-0 at West Brom.