Ukraine became the first European nation to qualify for next year's World Cup, and Israel, England, Italy and the Netherlands took steps forward yesterday toward making next year's 32-nation field.

Trinidad and Tobago rallied on two late goals by Stern John to beat visiting Guatemala, 3-2, leaving both teams with seven points. Costa Rica has 10 points following a 3-1 victory at Panama. The top three teams qualify, and the No. 4 nation meets Bahrain or Uzbekistan in a playoff for another berth.

Ukraine tied, 1-1, at Georgia in a game FIFA ordered played in an empty stadium because of fan violence at Georgia's home games against Greece and Turkey.

Ukraine, atop Group Two with 24 points, clinched its first World Cup appearance when second-place Turkey was held to a 2-2 tie at home against Denmark.

Seeking to make its first World Cup since 1970, Israel rallied for a 1-1 tie at Switzerland.

Israel plays its final two games against the Faeroe Islands, which lost, 3-0, at France as Djibril Cisse scored twice.

England won, 1-0, at Wales on Joe Cole's goal in the 54th minute.

"If we go on like this, we will win the group," England Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said.

The Netherlands won, 1-0, at Armenia behind Ruud van Nistelrooy's goal in the 64th minute. The Dutch lead Group One with 25 points, three ahead of Romania, which won 2-0 at home against the Czechs on goals by Adrian Mutu.

Scotland took the lead in Glasgow on Kenny Miller's goal in the 13th minute. But Fabio Grosso tied it in the 76th on a chip off a rebound following Francesco Totti's corner kick. Italy heads Group Five with 14 points, two ahead of Norway, which won, 3-2, at Slovenia.

In South America, Paraguay won, 1-0, over visiting Argentina, its first win in qualifying over the Argentines. Ecuador won, 2-1, at Bolivia, and Venezuela won, 4-1, against visiting Peru.

South Africa will have a difficult path to qualify for its third straight World Cup following a 3-1 loss at Burkina Faso. The South Africans and Ghana each have 15 points going into Ghana's game today at home against last-place Uganda.

Tunisia moved within one point of qualifying for its third straight World Cup, winning 2-0 at Kenya. Tunisia leads Group Five with 20 points, one in front of Morocco, which won, 1-0, over Botswana.

Senegal moved into the lead in Group One of African qualifying, winning 1-0 at Zambia on a goal by El-Hadji Diouf.


Ante Razov scored on a free kick with two minutes left in regulation, rallying host New York/New Jersey to a 2-2 tie with Kansas City.

Razov, sidelined for three weeks after hernia surgery, entered the game as a substitute and, after Youri Djorkaeff was brought down outside the penalty area, beat Wizards goalie Bo Oshoniyi.

* REVOLUTION 1, REAL SALT LAKE 0: Khano Smith scored in the 76th minute as visiting New England beat Salt Lake.

Just seconds after Melvin Tarley's shot off a corner kick hit the left post, Smith raced down the left side and scored past a diving D.J. Countess.

* EARTHQUAKES 2, FC DALLAS 0: Ronald Cerritos and Alejandro Moreno scored in the second half and visiting San Jose won its seventh straight game.

* CREW 3, CHIVAS USA 0: John Wolyniec scored twice in a nine-minute span to lead Columbus in Carson, Calif.