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Netherlands and Italy celebrate World Cup places (Reuters)

Netherlands's player Robin van Persie gestures during their World Cup qualifying round soccer match against Andorra at Estadi Comunal in Andorra September 10, 2013. REUTERS/ Albert Gea

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) – The Netherlands and Italy celebrated becoming the first European teams to book places at next year’s World Cup in Brazil on Tuesday when the final pieces of the continent’s qualifying jigsaw began to fall into place. The Dutch sealed their place after a Robin van Persie double gave them a 2-0 win in Andorra while Italy came from behind to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Turin with Mario Balotelli scoring the goal that sealed their berth from the penalty spot. …


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