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Road to Brazil

Twenty teams will battle it out for the 11 remaining spots for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Twenty teams will battle it out for the 11 remaining spots for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

JOHANNESBURG - Only few teams have managed to book their place for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Others still have a mountain to climb to gain a ticket to the footballing showpiece event.

The less glamorous of the playoff games have already seen Mexico and Uruguay beat New Zealand and Uruguay 5-1 and 5-0 respectively.

Unless something dramatic happens in the second legs, the likes of Javier Hernandez and Luis Suarez will be in South America to show their skills.

In Africa, Ghana looks certain to be one of the continents five representatives for the tournament.

The 2010 quarterfinalists currently have a 6-1 lead over Egypt after the first leg.

Another African playoff sees Nigeria host Ethiopia, having won the first leg in Addis Ababa 2-1.

The Afcon winners have the likes Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and Liverpool's Victor Moses in the side, something that should make them confident heading into the second leg.

Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast have a 3-1 lead over Senegal after the first leg.

Yaya Toure and Gervinho are expected to turn out for the Ivorian's, something that should give them belief that they can qualify.

The other two matches will see Burkina Faso and Algeria go head-to-head.

The Stallions have a 3-2 lead over the Foxes.

Tunisia and Cameroon both have an equal opportunity to qualify for the tournament with the first game tied at 0-0.

Europe throws up many intriguing battles as the playoffs could see some of the game's biggest stars miss out on the World Cup.

The biggest game of the four playoff matches in Europe sees Portugal and Sweden go head-to-head, Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The first leg of this fixture will be played in Lisbon, the scene of Portugal's 2004 Euro Cup final heartbreak against Greece.

The team will hope that this leg will bring happier memories and give them vantage ahead of the second leg tie in Solna.

France travel to the Ukraine for their first leg playoff and will be looking to make sure they are on the plane to Brazil following the failure of 2010.

For a team that boasts the talents of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery, the team has underachieved massively.

They scraped through the group stages where they finished runners up to Spain.

Striker Benzema has scored only one goal in 1222 minutes of football.

Ukraine are rebuilding their side following the retirement of legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko but they do have the power of Zenit ST Petersburg's player, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk in the team.

The remaining two playoffs in Europe see Greece take Romania.

Croatia and Iceland face each other in the last of the playoffs.

Croatia comes into the game as favorites with the likes of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic in the side.

The side is aiming to qualify for the world cup for only the fourth time. Their last appearance in the competition was in 2006 when it was held in Germany.

The European first leg playoff will be played on Friday 15 November with the second leg being played on Thursday 19 November.

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