Today the final round of UEFA World Cup qualifying took place. Teams all across Europe were looking to book their tickets to Brazil today and England, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Spain all did. The teams that finished in second in each group will participate in a play-off in November for a chance at the World Cup.
The teams headed to that play-off are: Croatia, Portugal, Greece, Sweden, France, Ukraine, Romania, Iceland. There will be four spots up for grab in the play-offs.
In Group A, Belgium and Croatia stayed put. Belgium advancing, Croatia headed to the play-off. In Group B, Italy had already won. But a Czech Republic loss and a win from Denmark moved them into second for the play-off. In Group C, Germany and Sweden stayed at 1 and 2, Sweden going to the play-off.
In Group D, Turkey lost and fell out of World Cup contention. Romania leapfrogged and took the play-off spot with the Netherlands having already clinched.
In Group E, Switzerland had already clinched. Slovenia needed to win and get a draw or loss from Iceland. Unfortunately Slovenia lost, despite getting Iceland getting a draw. In Group F everyone was pretty much locked in place
In Group G, Bosnia-Herzegovina lost and Greece won to pull even at 25 points. Unfortunately for Greece, the goal-differential was too much to overcome. In Group H, England defeated Poland to advance. Ukraine did every thing in their power to try to punch a ticket, winning 8-0, but they’re destined for the play off.
In Group I, France and Spain each won to stay put. Spain goes to Brazil and France goes to the play-off.