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    Soccer roundup: Austria takes down the US

    Portugal sends Sweden packing

    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his third goal, as Portugal advanced over Sweden.
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    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his third goal, as Portugal advanced over Sweden.

    Marc Janko scored in the 33d minute after lax defensive marking as the United States ended a record-setting year with a 1-0 loss to Austria in Vienna.

    Hungarian referee Istan Vad failed to allow a goal for the United States when Geoff Cameron’s header off Michael Bradley’s corner kick deflected off Marko Arnautovic’s arm and appeared to cross the goal line in the 17th minute before it was swatted away by goalkeeper Robert Almer.

    ‘‘It was a goal, or it was a hand ball and we should have got a penalty,’’ US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. ‘‘It’s a friendly game, so I don’t want to make a big deal of it. But you have to ask why we are in 2013 and have no goal line technology. It’s just a joke.’’


    Janko’s 16th international goal, started by David Alaba’s attacking move, came off a cross from Gyorgy Garics and ended a 453-minute shutout streak in international and club play for goalkeeper Tim Howard.

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    The United States finished the year with a team-record 16 victories and qualified for its seventh straight World Cup. Austria failed to qualify for next year’s tournament in Brazil.

    Portugal 3, Sweden 2 — The irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dazzling hat trick as Portugal qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden.

    Ronaldo came out on top in his personal duel with fellow superstar Ibrahimovic, with the Real Madrid forward scoring three brilliant goals in 29 second-half minutes. With them, Portugal took a 4-2 aggregate win.

    Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 50th minute but Ibrahimovic netted twice in four minutes to level the score on aggregate and give Sweden hope. That was quickly extinguished by two pieces of brilliance from Ronaldo, who burst through to power home a left-footed kick in the 77th before latching onto another through ball and smashing into the roof of the net two minutes later.


    France 3, Ukraine 0France overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit by winning in Paris, with strikes by Mamadou Sakho and Karim Benzema, as well as an own goal, ensuring Les Bleus qualified for its 10th consecutive major tournament.

    France leveled the aggregate score, 2-2, by halftime on goals by Sakho and the recalled Benzema before Ukraine was reduced to 10 men in the 47th when fullback Yevhen Khacheridi was red-carded for fouling Franck Ribery.

    France sealed qualification in the 72nd minute when substitute Oleg Gusev turned a cross into his own net under pressure from Sakho.

    Croatia 2, Iceland 0 — Iceland lost to 10-man Croatia at Zabreb and was eliminated by the same score on aggregate.

    Croatia qualified for its fourth World Cup since becoming an independent state in 1991 and quashed Iceland’s hopes of reaching football’s showpiece tournament for the first time.


    Striker Dario Mandzukic scored in the 22d minute to put Croatia ahead on aggregate.

    Egypt 2, Ghana 1 — Ghana qualified for the World Cup with a 7-3 aggregate win over Egypt in the playoffs in Cairo, seizing the fourth of five African places available.

    Egypt won the second leg in the first international in Cairo in two years, but Ghana progressed because of its 6-1 win at home in the first leg last month.

    Amr Zaki scored in the 25th minute and Gedo in the 84th for Egypt. Kevin Prince-Boateng scored Ghana’s goal in the 89th.

    Algeria 1, Burkina Faso 0 — Host Algeria claimed the last African place at the World Cup by edging Burkina Faso on away goals in their playoff.

    Algeria won the second leg on Madjid Bougherra’s scrambled goal just after halftime, leveling the series, 3-3, on aggregate and putting the North Africans through because of their two away goals in a 3-2 loss in Burkina Faso.

    Greece 1, Romania 1 — Greece sealed its place at next year’s World Cup after a draw in the second leg in Bucharest, advancing 4-2 on aggregate.

    Kostas Mitroglou gave Greece the lead in the 23d minute, beating Romania’s offside trap to control a cross from Giorgos Karagounis and steer the ball past goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.