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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

World Cup Qualifiers Kick Off

LONDON -- World Cup qualifying opened in Europe and South America, with Argentina beating Bolivia, 3-1, and Greece defeating Slovenia, 2-0.


Ariel Ortega scored twice and Gabriel Batistuta scored once Wednesday for Argentina, knocked out by Romania, 3-2, in the second round of the 1994 World Cup.


Colombia beat Paraguay, 1-0, in the other game involving teams that qualified for the 1994 tournament.


For the first time, South American teams will play throughout the 1 1/2 years of qualifying rather than every weekend during a two-month span near the end.


Yugoslavia 3, Faeroe Islands 1. At Belgrade, Yugoslavia played its first official game since Oct. 16, 1991. It had been banned for 4 1/2 years because of United Nations sanctions imposed during the civil war in Bosnia.


Dejan Savicevic scored in the third and 30th minutes and Savo Milosevic scored in the 38th before 20,000 at Red Star Stadium. John Petersen scored seven minutes into the second half for the Faeroes.


Greece 2, Slovenia 0. At Athens, Daniel Batista scored 11 minutes into the second half and Demis Nikolaidis struck 10 minutes later for Greece, beaten by a combined 10-0 by Argentina, Bulgaria and Nigeria in the 1994 World Cup.


Argentina 3, Bolivia 1. At Buenos Aires, before 75,000 fans at River Plate Stadium, Ortega scored in the eighth and 18th minutes. Julio Baldivieso scored for Bolivia with three minutes left in the first half, but Batistuta restored the lead to two goals five minutes into the second.


Colombia 1, Paraguay 0. At Baranquilla, Faustino Asprilla scored nine minutes into the second half to lead Colombia. Colombia was eliminated from the last World Cup in the first round, losing to Romania and the United States.


Uruguay 2, Venezuela 0. At Caracas, Paolo Montero scored nine minutes into the second half and Gustavo Poyet scored 17 minutes later for Uruguay, which failed to qualify for the 1994 tournament.


Daniel Fonseca, Uruguay's top player, was ejected for receiving two yellow cards and will be suspended for Uruguay's game against Peru on June 2.


Ecuador 4, Peru 1. At Guayaquil, Eduardo Hurtado scored twice in the second half for Ecuador.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)