Favorite do not fail on the road to Brazil 2014
The big favorites to win the World Cup 2014 they did not disappoint Brazil at the beginning of the initial qualifying rounds. The earliest of all was Russia, that beat 2-0 to Northern Ireland at the Fabio Capello premiere.
The same fate suffered Louis Van Gaal in his official debut against Turkey. The world runners-up did not give the Ottomans a choice and with a comfortable 2-0 they stepped forward to their most dangerous enemy. Also to the front turned the new Hodgson project that won 0-5 in Moldova. Germany also found no opposition in the visit of the Faroe Islands, those who thrashed for 3-0.
Less luck was Italy, the only big favorite who didn't make it. The transalpinos failed in their visit to Bulgaria and could not go from a draw to 2.
Suffering more than expected, Portugal and France added their victories. The Portuguese left Luxembourg by the wayside for 1-2, with Ronaldo's goal included, that this time he deigned to celebrate. The Gauls for their part, defeated the always leathery Finland by 0-1.
At the level of friendlies, Spain swept 5-0 to Saudi Arabia in the centenary match of Torres, and Brazil won 1-0 to South Africa with a lone Hulk both.