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Courtesy of Action Images - Espinoza's Honduras qualified four points above Mexico.

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09:50 16th October 2013

by Nick Taylor

Honduras and Chile are on their way to Brazil.

Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia were left celebrating last night after Honduras secured their spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, alongside Jean Beausejour's Chile who finished third in their group after a 2-1 victory against Ecuador.

Honduras needed just a point to qualify if Mexico picked up three points away to Costa Rica, but with Mexico losing 2-1 it meant that no matter what the result Honduras would be on their way to the finals next summer.

Espinoza's side wouldn't have known that at the time as they battled out a hotly contested 2-2 draw with Jamaica in Kingston, with the midfielder completing 89 minutes in an energetic display before being substituted.

It was 1-1 in the game by the third minute, with Honduras then going into half time 2-1 up, only for a penalty to pull the match back level.

Honduras finished in the final qualifying spot on 15 points, four points ahead of their nearest challengers Mexico who finished fourth.

Chile's passage to Brazil ended up just as simple as Los Catrachos' as they defeated third place Ecuador 2-1 to leap frog them and qualify by three clear points.

Beausejour was used as a late substitute in the 86th minute, with his side already 2-1 up as they were able to see out the result.

Another late Latics substitute was James McArthur who came on for Scotland in the 82nd minute, with his side sealing their first home victory in the World Cup qualifiers with a 2-0 win against second place Croatia.

Scotland ended the group in fourth place out of six on 11 points.

In other qualifying news, Republic of Ireland winger James McClean was an unused substitute as his side beat Kazakhstan 3-1 at home.

As the World Cup qualifiers came to an end, the UEFA Under 21 European Championship qualifiers continued, with loanee Nick Powell featuring as a second half substitute in England's dominant 5-0 victory over Lithuania.

Powell's side move top of their qualifying group, level with Wales on 10 points, but ahead of them on goal difference with two games in hand in group one.

In group three Marko Marosi continued to wait for his Slovakia Under 21 debut as he was an unused substitute in their 3-0 victory over Luxembourg, with his side also pulling level at the top of their group.

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