Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Russia has passport stamped for Brazil

Russia will be present in Brazil for the FIFA 2014 World Cup after getting the point needed away in Azerbaijan to qualify from Group F ahead of Portugal by one point (22 to 21). In the event Russia had a goal difference of plus 15 against Portugal's 11. Now the best 8 runners-up in UEFA will compete in the remaining four places in a play-off phase.

Azerbaijan 1 Russia 1

Shirokov placed the first goal in the net for Russia after 15' after a great pass from Samedov. Ten-man Azerbaijan leveled the game on 90' (Javadov).

 Portugal 3 Luxembourg 0

Varela, Nani and Postiga scored Portugal's three goals but it was not enough.

UEFA Groups, Leaders and runners-up

Group A Belgium and Croatia; Group B Italy and Denmark; Group C Germany and Sweden; Group D Netherlands and Romania; Group E Switzerland and Iceland; Group F Russia and Portugal; Group G Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece; Group H England and Ukraine; Group I Spain and France.

FIFA has decided to seed the second-placed teams in order of their international ranking, so the eight teams playing in the play-off phase will be:

Croatia (ranking place 10), Portugal (11), Greece (12) and Sweden (22)


Denmark (23), France (25), Ukraine (26) and Romania (31).

Iceland (54) is eliminated after a magnificent campaign in Group E. The play-offs will take place on November 15 and 19.

Aleksei Federov



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