By DAN KARELL
World Cup 2014 qualification zooms towards the finish line with a number of matches on Tuesday across the globe.
South American group leaders Argentina travel to the altitude in Quito to face tenth ranked in the world Ecuador, who have suffered a couple of recent embarrassing defeats to Germany and Peru, and need a win to regain confidence moving forward. Another interesting match features the rising Venezuela against the downward-spiraling Uruguay.
The United States, Costa Rica, and Mexico will all try to gain separation from the pack in CONCACAF qualifying. All three nations are tied on points with seven in the Hexagonal, but while Costa Rica and Mexico meet up at the Estadio Azteca, the U.S. hosts Panama in Seattle. Bottom two teams Honduras and Jamaica face off as well in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
In Asia, nearly every match is filled with intrigue and importance, with Group A leaders South Korea facing second-place Uzbekistan, with the winner likely assuring themselves out of a World Cup spot and the loser potentially falling to third place. In Group B, Australia can re-gain second place with a win over Jordan at home.
The European Under-21 tournament in Israel reaches it’s third round of matches as Israel faces already-eliminated England and Italy meets Norway.
Here is a rundown of Tuesday’s Soccer on TV:
5am – One World Sports – Australia vs. Jordan
7am – One World Sports – South Korea vs. Uzbekistan
11:30am – One World Sports – Iran vs. Lebanon
12pm – ESPN3 – Israel U21 vs. England U21
12pm – ESPN3 – Norway U21 vs. Italy U21
1pm – ESPN3 – Belarus vs. Finland
1:15pm – GolTV – Sweden vs. Faroe Islands
4:30pm – BeIN Sport Español – Colombia vs. Peru
5pm – BeIN Sport USA – Ecuador vs. Argentina
8pm – ESPN/Unimás/ESPN3 – Mexico vs. Costa Rica
8pm – BeIN Sport USA – Venezuela vs. Uruguay
8:30pm – BeIN Sport Play – Chile vs. Bolivia
9pm – BeIN Sport Español – Honduras vs. Jamaica
10:08pm – ESPN/Unimás/ESPN3 – USA vs. Panama