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Only Portugal wasn't able to win in Friday's qualifiers for Brazil's FIFA World Cup. Germany did beat Ireland 1-6, while Modric's Croatia came back from an early goal by Macedonia. Spain got the three points against Belarus as well. On the other hand, France played a friendly game against Japan before facing Spain next Tuesday. Benzema's team lost 0-1 thanks to a late goal by Yasuyuki Konno.
Portugal and Real Madrid's leftback Fábio Coentrao took the worst part of Friday's games. He left the game in the 20th minute and is expected to miss the next game against Northern Ireland. Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe didn't play a brilliant game and couldn't overcome Kerzhakov's goal in the sixth minute. The artificial grass and the cold might be the reason behind Coentrao's injury. Both Ronaldo and Pepe played the whole 90 minutes of this venue.
Even though Khedira left the game in the 45th minute, Germany gave Real Madrid fans good news. Mesut Özil was impressive and scored a penalty-kick. According to Joachim Löw, Khedira's injury isn't serious, and he could be at his coach's disposal to play against Sweden. Germany won Ireland 1-6 but it wasn't until the 32nd minute that Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus scored their first goal. The German winger then notched the second one eight minutes after. Özil's penalty-kick, Miroslav Klose and Toni Kroos (twice) sentenced Ireland. Andrew Keogh scored their only goal in injury time.
Luka Modric played 84 minutes in Croatia's win against Macedonia. Corluka and Ivan Rakitic overcame Ibraimi's early goal. This time, it's good to see Modric getting good, quality minutes with his National Team. He's clearly not at his best physically, and since Real Madrid can't afford to lose more points, it's good to see Luka getting these minutes so he can be fit sooner rather than later.
Álvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas played throughout the whole game in Spain's 0-4 win in Belarus. Sergio Ramos left the pitch in the 70th minute for Raúl Albiol. Barcelona's Pedro got a hat-trick and Jordi Alba scored Spain's other goal.
Raphael Varane was able to score in France's U21 win.