Three of Friday's best World Cup qualifying goals
The National staff | October 12, 2013
Friday's round of World Cup qualifying was full of great imagery, as teams across Europe and the Americas punched their tickets to Brazil 2014. These three goals were a few of the most memorable the evening had to offer.
1. Raul Jimenez, Mexico - Jimenez's last-gasp goal in the 85th minute gave the Mexicans a 2-1 win over Panama and kept their slim hopes of qualifying automatically alive for at least one more day.
2. Andros Townsend, England - Townsend's strike made a hairy 2-1 lead for England into a much more comfortable 3-1 advantage. Eventually, they won 4-1 and inched ever closer to official qualification.
3. Romelu Lukaku, Belgium - Lukaku's goal was wonderful for its simplicity, the first of two in Belgium's World Cup-clinching effort over Croatia.
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