Here we would say “keeping a clean nose,” but the British “squeaky bum time” is more graphic and more suitable. As the qualification schedule nears its end, here are four prominent countries that may have trouble qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. Their situations are listed in order of urgency.
Portugal: During his last stint as Portugal manager, Carlos Quieroz failed to qualify for both Euro 1992 and the 1994 World Cup. He was rehired in 2008, and is maintaing his streak. Portugal needed a late Liedson equalizer to draw group leaders Denmark 1-1, and have fallen to fourth behind Sweden. They now need to win their three remaining matches, including home and away against Hungary. They also need Sweden to drop points in at least one match. That is just to make the playoff.
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