Brazil, Netherlands, Iran advance into World Cup qualifying round
RECIFE: Robinho and Nilmar scored in an eight-minute period either side of halftime as Brazil rallied for a 2-1 win over Paraguay and move a step closer to a place at the 2010 World Cup.
The five-time World Cup champion leads the 10-team South American qualifying group with four matches remaining.
Norway remain without a win in Group 9 of the European World Cup qualifiers. The Scandinavians lost 2-0 to the Netherlands.
The Dutch had already secured qualification on Saturday, becoming the first European nation to do so.
Andre Ooijer broke the deadlock on 32 minutes and Arjen Robben netted for 2-0 in minute 51.
A goal from Iranís star striker Ali Karimi against the UAE brought the Persians back into contention to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
In front of approximately 50,000 spectators at Tehranís Azadi Stadium, Iran beat the visitors, who were obviously demoralized for suffering six defeats in seven games, 1-0.