Four more teams clinch, eight move into playoffs

[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING: Europe] Four teams, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has never played in the World Cup, all controlled their own fate and all got the job done, clinching the remaining European group titles on Tuesday. Eight second-place teams, including Iceland, which has also never played in the World Cup, moved into next month's playoffs to determine the four remaining qualifiers from Europe.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, England and Spain all advanced with wins, while Russia won its group with a tie.

Bosnia-Herzegovina won, 1-0, at Lithuania on a goal from former Saint Louis University star and Soccer America Freshman of the Year Vedad Ibisevic to edge Greece on goal difference in Group G.

England needed to beat Poland to hold off Ukraine, which clobbered San Marino, 8-0, and clinched the Group H title with a 2-0 win on goals by Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.

Defending champion Spain, which only needed a tie to finish ahead of France in Group I, beat Georgia, 2-0, on goals by Alvaro Negredo and Juan Mata.

All Russia needed was a point at Azerbaijan to win Group F, and Fabio Capello's team got the job done, taking the lead on Roman Shirokov's goal in the 15th minute and holding on for a 1-1 tie after Vagif Javadov's equalizer in the 90th minute.

The tie relegated second-place Portugal to the European playoff series for the third straight tournament.

The Portuguese, who beat Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2009 and 2011, will join seven other second-place teams, including Iceland, which has also never played in the World Cup, in next month's playoffs to determine the four remaining qualifiers from Europe.

The eight teams will be placed in two pots, depending on their place in the FIFA rankings, and paired off at the playoff draw on Oct. 21.

EUROPE, Playoff
SEEDED TEAMS:
Croatia
Portugal
Greece
Sweden
UNSEEDED TEAMS:
France
Ukraine
Romania
Iceland
1 comment about "Four more teams clinch, eight move into playoffs".
  1. Mark Hardt, October 16, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

    Good day for Iceland football. Iceland itself got to the playoffs and Johannsson scored on a brilliant strike for the US. I did not realize Johansson played for IMG in Bradenton, FL in addition to holding a US Birth Certificate.

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