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World Cup qualifiers results

Bosnia-Herzegovina will play in the World Cup for the first time ever.

The Adidas Brazuca is the official match ball for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. Picture: Fifa

JOHANNESBURG - England, unbeaten in their qualifying campaign, secured their place in the World Cup finals after beating Poland 2-0 on Tuesday. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard sealed England's top finish of group H with 22 points, while Ukraine finished second with 21 points, sending them to the automatic playoffs.

Bosnia-Herzegovina will play in their first World Cup ever after a 1-0 win over Lithuania. Bosnia and Greece finished the group qualification matches with 25 points from 10 matches. Bosnia qualified on goal difference over Greece. Russia has also made it through despite playing to a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan.

Spain finished top of their group with a 2-0 win over Georgia. Also qualifying are Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany.

In Europe, the eight countries to qualify for the plays offs are Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine and France.

In South America, Argentina has qualified despite their 3-2 loss to Uruguay. Brazil and Colombia have already qualified, and joining them now are Chile and Ecuador. The two sides went head-to-head in Santiago on Tuesday and Chile emerged triumphant after beating Ecuador 2-1. Uruguay will now face Jordan in November for the chance to play in Brazil 2014.

Also, Mexico will play New Zealand for the Oceania spot.

Meanwhile in the Africa Zone, Ghana thrashed Egypt 6-1 in the first leg of their qualification, despite Egypt's 100 percent winning record in the qualifying games. Twenty-one teams have now booked their spots at the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil so far.

In an international friendly, Brazil beat Zambia 2-0, but there's off-field drama around that match. The Zambian government has issued a warrant for three of their international players who missed the game as their club in the DR Congo TP Mazembe claimed they were injured and wouldn't release them.

The Zambian government got involved and confiscated the players' passports to prevent them from returning to Lubumbashi. It's reported the players have since crossed the border between the two countries and are believed to be in Congo

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