Tottenham Hotspur forward Clint Dempsey scores twice for the United States while Hugo Lloris rescues France

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Clint Dempsey scored two and set up one as the United States booked their place in the final qualifying round for the World Cup in 2014 with a 3-1 win over Guatemala last night.

Dempsey's flick-on from a corner allowed Carlos Bocanegra to open the scoring for the Americans before Dempsey got on the scoresheet himself converting a low cross from Eddie Johnson.

The Tottenham forward then made it 3-1 before half-time with a smart finish after a neat interchange with Michael Bradley.

The US, managed by Spurs legend Juergen Klinsmann, finish top of their group with 13 points.

Hugo Lloris saved a penalty for France in their 1-1 draw with Spain.

The result was the first time Spain had not won a qualifier in 24 matches.

Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele started for Belgium who beat Scotland 2-0 in Brussells.

Vertgonhen played the full 90 minutes and prevented a certain Scotland goal in the second half with a last-ditch clearance to deny Jamie Mackie at the back post.

In the same group, Gareth Bale was unable to rescue Wales again as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Croatia.

Gylfi Sigurdsson played 90 minutes as Iceland lost the top-of-the-table clash against Switzerland 2-0.

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