AN EXCITING WEDNESDAY OF FIXTURES
The African Cup of Nations reaches the semifinal stage; the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers began their final – hexagonal – tournament; and over 30 international friendly matches all on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013.
Lets start with the African Nations Cup as two surprise participants meet in the first semifinal of the day in Durban, South African where Mali v Nigeria takes place at 10am ET (LIVE on espn3.com; next-day delayed on ESPN Deportes @ 1pm/Thursday). Mali eliminated hosts South Africa while Nigeria upset tournament favorites Ivory Coast to get one step away from the Final. The second semifinal will pit Burkina Faso v Ghana at 1:30pm ET (LIVE on espn3.com; delayed on ESPN Deportes @ 1pm/Friday). Ghana, led by Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, will be favored after coming into this match with 3 straight wins without conceding a single goal.
The CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean region) sees the start of the “Hexagonal” – the final phase of qualifiers for the region. Six teams will fight for 3 automatic places in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the 4th place team entering a playoff with Oceania’s representative for a final spot. Honduras v USA kicks off the day early (4pm ET LIVE on beINSport channels). The evening matches sees Panama v Costa Rica (9pm ET LIVE on beINSport channels) and Mexico v Jamaica (LIVE at 9:30pm ET on ESPN2 and Unimas). There is little room for error in this tournament where perennial favorites Mexico and the US will have their hands full based on early round action.
Finally, there is plenty of Int’l Friendly action midday from Europe with some mouth-watering encounters (even for friendlies): Spain v Uruguay at 1pm ET LIVE on the beINSport channels; England v Brasil LIVE at 2:30pm on FoxSoccer and Fox Deportes; ESPN will have a couple of matches – Netherlands v Italy at 2:30pm LIVE on ESPN Deportes while France v Germany at 3pm ET will be shown on ESPN2. Both matches will also be available online at espn3.com; GOL-TV will show a couple of matches as well – Sweden v Argentina at 2:30pm ET, followed by a tape delayed showing of Republic of Ireland v Poland at 4:30pm ET.
Check out the CALENDAR page for the full list of matches and kickoff times.