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More World Cup qualifiers tonight

Fourteen countries have already confirmed their tickets to Brazil 2014.

Fourteen countries have already confirmed their tickets to Brazil 2014. Picture: sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - 2014 World Cup qualifiers will resume with the last group stage games taking place tonight.

Fourteen teams have already secured their place in the tournament, with hosts Brazil qualifying by default.

Argentina, Columbia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica and the United states also secured places.

Africa does not have any representatives as the teams are still involved in two-legged playoffs. Ghana will take on Egypt in the last of the first legs tonight.

In Europe, it's mixed fortunes for some of the big nations.

Russia, Spain and England can seal their ticket to Brazil should they win over Azerbaijan, Georgia and Poland respectively. Meanwhile, Portugal and France look destined to go into the playoffs. Both sides look set to finish second in their groups following difficult campaigns.

France ends the group stages with a fixture against Finland, while Portugal takes on Luxemburg tonight.

Other teams include Mexico and Uruguay, who are also yet to confirm their spots in next year's competition.

Mexico must beat Costa Rica and hope Honduras loses against Jamaica to automatically qualify. Should they lose, they will face New Zealand for a possible spot.

Uruguay has a mountain to climb in order to qualify for the tournament. They are fifth in South American qualifying and need to beat Argentina and hope that either Ecuador or Chile wins so they can climb up the standings.

Chile vowed to fight tooth and nail against Ecuador to win, dismissing speculation they could seek a draw that would secure both teams a direct ticket to the Brazil finals.

Their victory also needs to be by a large margin as goal difference could play a major role.

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