Road to Brazil

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Holders Spain continue their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with an away trip to Belarus in Group I on Friday.

Coach Vicente del Bosque will be without injured defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique for the tie in Minsk, utility players Sergio Busquets and Javi Martinez could fill the void at the back though.

After returning from Belarus, Spain host France on Tuesday in a match that could go a long way to deciding who wins the group.

Also on Friday night Fabio Capello’s Russia take on an injury-hit Portugal in a top of the table Group F qualifier in Moscow.

Like their Friday night opponents the Russians have made a flying start in their World Cup qualifying campaign, winning both matches so far. After Portugal Capello’s men face Azerbaijan four days later.