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*Note: The draw for the FIFA World Cup play-offs has been made. The play-offs fixtures are Northern Ireland v Switzerland, Croatia v Greece, Denmark v Republic of Ireland, Sweden v Italy.

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WORLD CUP 2018: FIXTURES, DRAW, TICKETS - COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA

FIFA World Cup Russia Group Round tickets: June 14 - June 28, 2018

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This LiveFootballTickets.com World Cup Guide has all the facts you need to know to buy the very best legal, authentic, World Cup Tickets for the upcoming 21st edition of the most-watched sporting event on earth.

Next summer the best soccer players and national football teams in world football will travel to Russia hoping to be crowned world football champions – “Kings of the World”. The 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup will take place next summer in Russia. There is no more prestigious and important sporting event on earth than football's quadrennial international tournament, that attracts draws more TV viewers than the Olympic Games.

 

Note that the 2018 tournament is the last before the current World Cup status quo changes and the first ever World Cup will be played outside of Europe. In 2022, the trophy will head to Asia for a championship that will be played in Qatar despite concerns over the country's climate.After Quatar, the World Cup will expand to 48 teams and may be held across 3 countries for the first time in the United States, Canada and Mexico in 2026.

WORLD CUP 2018 TOURNAMENT DATES

FIFA World Cup Russia Group Round: June 14 - June 28, 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 & Quarter Finals: June 29 - July 8, 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 Semi Finals & Finals: July 8 - July 16, 2018, Moscow - Saint Petersburg

World Cup Russia Opening Match

The first match of the World Cup will involve hosts Russia and kick off on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 18:00 local time (16:00 BST). Russia will compete against the team drawn into the 'A2' slot in Group A and take place at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will also be the venue for the final. That fixture will be the only game on World Cup Russia opening day.

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After that there will be 3-4 games played per day for the duration of the World Cup Group Stage.

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All of the final four matches of the World Cup will be played at either the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow or the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

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World Cup Russia Quarter Finals

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World Cup Russia Semi-Finals

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World Cup Russia Third Place Playoff

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The two semi-finals will take place on July 10 and 11. Buy World Cup semi-finals tickets online from LiveFootballTickets.com!

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The 2018 World Cup tournament ends on Sunday, July 15, with the 2018 World Cup Final kicking off at 18:00 in Moscow at Luzhniki Stadium. (16:00 BST). Buy World Cup Final tickets now online from LiveFootballTickets.com!

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WORLD CUP SUPERSTAR FOOTBALL PLAYERS

Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi
Harry Kane
Thomas Muller
Toni Kroos
Manuel Neuer
Neymar 
Antoine Griezmann
Paul Pogba
Sergio Ramos

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FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 PLAY-OFF DRAW

The World Cup Russia Play-off draw featured the eight second-placed nations in the European qualifying groups with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their section. The seedings were based on the FIFA World Rankings for October 2017, which were published on Monday. Four-time winners Italy are the only former world champions. Republic of Ireland's eighth play-off appearance is a record. Northern Ireland have not reached a World Cup since 1986.

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UEFA qualifiers are Belgium, England, France, Germany (holders), Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia (hosts), Serbia, Spain.

Non-UEFA qualifiers are Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Uruguay, plus three African qualifiers to be confirmed in November.

Intercontinental play-offs two spots are Honduras v Australia (10 and 15 November), New Zealand v Peru (11 and 15 November)

The FIFA World Cup finals draw will take place in Moscow on Friday 1 December. The tournament itself will be held in Russia between 14 June and 15 July next year.

WORLD CUP 2018 RUSSIA STADIUMS

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Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Russia

The World Cup is being hosted in Russia. The tournament will be played in 12 stadiums across 11 cities, all of which are in or just outside European Russia to reduce travel times – 10 of the 12 stadiums are either brand new or have been built within the past 5 years. The only exceptions are the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, both of which have been renovated extensively for the tournament. Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium played host to the Champions League final in 2008, when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.

WORLD CUP DRAW

The groups for the Round of 16 in the upcoming  World Cup 2018 Finals will be drawn on December 1, 2017 in Moscow, at the State Kremlin Palace inside the Moscow Kremlin.

TEAMS QUALIFIED TO DATE

Of the 23 clubs of the 32 teams that will contest next summer's World Cup final have already secured their qualification spots are Russia, Brazil, Itan, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, England, Poland, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, Spain, France, Portugal, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia. Buy Russia World Cup Tickets for EnglandBelgiumSpainPortugalFrance and more now!

The full list of teams that have qualified for the World Cup finals so far is below:

Country – Region

Russia – UEFA hosts

Iran – AFC

Japan – AFC

Saudi Arabia – AFC

South Korea – AFC

Nigeria – CAF

Egypt – CAF

Mexico – CONCACAF

Costa Rica – CONCACAF

Brazil – CONMEBOL

Belgium – UEFA

Germany – UEFA

England – UEFA

Spain – UEFA

Poland – UEFA

Iceland – UEFA

Serbia – UEFA

France – UEFA

Portugal – UEFA

HOW TO BUY WORLD CUP TICKETS

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Tickets are already for sale for some matches including the World Cup semi-finals and World Cup final. World Cup Russia fans can buy individual tickets, ticket packages for multiple matches involving a specific team or host city, and last-minute World Cup Russia 2018 tickets.The second stage of phase one ticket sales begins on November 16 and concludes on November 28. During this period, tickets will be allocated to applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis.Phase two ticket sales begins after the draw for the World Cup with a random selection approach applied for the first period between December 5 to January 31. The second stage of phase two begins on March 13 and ends on April 3, with tickets being allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.There will also be a last-minute sales phase, which will run from April 18 to July 15 - the day of the World Cup final.

What do World Cup tickets cost?

The individual tickets are split up into four categories and the prices for each category - converted to British pounds from U.S. dollars – varies according to location and catagory. Tickets from category four are only available to Russian residents, and have been converted from rubles. Most World Cup 2018 tickets will be sold in advance online. Last minutes tickets for even games that have sold out will be available to buy online and at sales centres in Russia.

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GOLDEN BALL AWARD

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are favored to win the Golden Ball Award, with Messi having won the prize despite suffering defeat in the World Cup Final Argentina in 2014. Thomas Muller was the runner up to Messi and could be prominent again if Germany repeat as world champions, with Toni Kroos and Manuel Neueralso likely to be integral to Die Mannschaft's attempt to retain their title and trophy. Neymar was having an amazing World Cup run before he was injured in the quarter-finals in 2014. Watch Neymar shine and compete at another level when he plays for his country as the “undisputed star” of his side. Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba are stars for France. Sergio Ramos is key to a Spain revival.

WORLD CUP TEAMS

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Germany, defending World Cup Champions

Defending champions Germany are currently favourites to win the World Cup again. Germany boss Joachim Low will be without former captain Philipp Lahm, who has retired. Bastian Schweinsteiger has left Europe for MLS. However Germany boasts top players Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller. Germany qualified at the top of their group with a perfect record, scoring 43 goals in 10 games.

Euro 2016 finalists France are also in top form and in contention. Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe are just some of the stars Les Bleus will be relying on but Didier Deschamps' side had to wait until their final qualifying match to win their group.

Brazil and Spain both had impressive qualifying campaigns. 

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Brazil can boast attacking talent in abudance, with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino forming a dangerous front trio.

New Spain star is Barcelona's Paulinho, who, despite flopping at Tottenham Hotspur, is a promising key player for his country. Spain are hoping to come back after being eliminated at the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and knocked out in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. Julen Lopetegui's side have won nine of their 10 qualifiers, finishing five points clear of Italy.

Argentina are also rated as contenders despite their poor qualification campaign, but do not underestimate Belgium, Italy and England to win the tournament.

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WORLD CUP ON TV

BBC and ITV share the TV rights to the tournament in the UK. Both BBC One and ITV will broadcast the final, with the rest of the knockout stage and the group stage split. In the US, Fox will broadcast the World Cup in English and Telemundo will air the tournament in Spanish.

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Denmark will be the first visitors to Wembley in 2014 when they clash with the England National Team.

England will take on Denmark on Wednesday 5 March, as part of the agreement that saw the Three Lions travel to Copenhagen in February 2011. Goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent secured a 2-1 victory in the Parken Stadium in that match.

Overall England have the better record of the two sides, with eleven wins from 18 meetings, including a World Cup second round match in Japan eleven years ago.

The meeting will be Roy Hodgson’s first game of 2014, and his final chance to evaluate his England side before naming his provisional World Cup squad in May.

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The schedule below is sorted by date, not by group.

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Group Stage

Thursday, June 12: A1. Brazil vs. A2. Croatia at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (4:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 13: A3. Mexico vs. A4. Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (12:00 p.m.)
Friday, June 13: B1. Spain vs. B2 Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (4:00 p.m.)
Friday, June 13: B3. Chile vs. B4. Australia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 14: C1. Colombia vs. C2. Greece at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (12:00 p.m.)
Saturday, June 14: D1. Uruguay vs. D2. Costa Rica at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (3:00 p.m.)
Saturday, June 14: D3. England vs. D4. Italy at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (6:00 p.m.)
Saturday, June 14:
 C3. Ivory Coast vs. C4. Japan at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (9:00 p.m.)

Sunday, June 15: E1. Switzerland vs. E2. Ecuador at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (12:00 p.m.)
Sunday, June 15: E3. France vs. E4. Honduras at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (3:00 p.m.)
Sunday, June 15: F1. Argentina vs. F2. Bosnia-Herzegovina at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (6:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16: G1. Germany vs. G2. Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (1:00 p.m.)
Monday, June 16: F3. Iran vs. F4. Nigeria at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (4:40 p.m.)
Monday, June 16: G3. Ghana vs. G4. United States at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 17: H1. Belgium vs. H2. Algeria at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 17: A1. Brazil vs. A3. Mexico at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (3:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 17: H3. Russia vs. H4. South Korea at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 18: B4. Australia vs. B2. Netherlands at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 18: B1. Spain vs. B3. Chile at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (4:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 18:
 A4. Cameroon vs. A2. Croatia at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 19: C1. Colombia vs. C3. Ivory Coast at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (12:00 p.m.)
Thursday, June 19: D1. Uruguay vs. D3. England at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (3:00 p.m.)
Thursday, June 19: C4. Japan vs. C2. Greece at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 20: D4. Italy vs. D2. Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (12:00 p.m.)
Friday, June 20: E1. Switzerland vs. E3. France at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (4:00 p.m.)
Friday, June 20: E4. Honduras vs. E2. Ecuador at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (7:40 p.m.)

Saturday, June 21: F1. Argentina vs. F3. Iran at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (12:00 p.m.)
Saturday, June 21: G1. Germany vs. G3. Ghana at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (3:00 p.m.)
Saturday, June 21: F4. Nigeria vs. F2. Bosnia Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (6:00 p.m.)

Sunday, June 22: H1. Belgium vs. H3. Russia at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (12:00 p.m.)
Sunday, June 22:
 H4. South Korea vs. H2. Algeria at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (3:00 p.m.)
Sunday, June 22: G4. United States vs. G2. Portugal
 at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (6:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 23: B2. Netherlands vs. B2. Chile at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, June 23: B4. Australia vs. B1. Spain at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (1:40 p.m.)
Monday, June 23: A4. Cameroon vs. A1. Brazil at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (4:00 p.m.)
Monday, June 23: A2. Croatia vs. A3. Mexico at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (4:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 24: D4. Italy vs. D1. Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 24: D2. Costa Rica vs. D3. England at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 24: C4. Japan vs. C1. Colombia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (4:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 24: C2. Greece vs. C3. Ivory Coast at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (4:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 25: F4. Nigeria vs. F1. Argentina at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 25: F2. Bosnia Herzegovina vs. F3. Iran at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (1:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 25: E4. Honduras vs. E1. Switzerland at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (4:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, June 25: E2. Ecuador vs. E3. France at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (4:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 26: G4. United States vs. G1. Germany at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (12:00 p.m.)
Thursday, June 26: G2. Portugal vs. G3. Ghana at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (12:00 p.m.)
Thursday, June 26: H4. South Korea vs. H1. Belgium at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (4:00 p.m.)
Thursday, June 26: H2. Algeria vs. H3. Russia at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (12:00 p.m.)

Knockout Rounds

Team designations refer to place in the group standings.

Round of 16

Saturday, June 28: Match 49, 1A vs. 2B. at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (12:00 p.m.)
Saturday, June 28: Match 50, 1C vs. 2D. at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (4:00 p.m.)

Sunday, June 29: Match 51, 1B. vs. 2A. at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (12:00 p.m.)
Sunday, June 29: Match 52, 1D. vs. 2C. at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 30: Match 53, 1E. vs. 2F. at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, June 30: Match 54, 1G. vs. 2H. at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (4:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 1: Match 55, 1F. vs. 2E. at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 1: Match 56, 1H. vs. 2G. at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (4:00 p.m.)

Quarterfinals

Friday, July 4: Match 58, Winner of Match 53 vs. Winner of Match 54 at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (12:00 p.m.)
Friday, July 4: Match 57, Winner of Match 49 vs. Winner of Match 50 at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, July 5: Match 60, Winner of Match 55 vs. Winner of Match 56 at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (12:00 p.m.)
Saturday, July 5: Match 59, Winner of Match 51 vs. Winner of Match 52 at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (4:00 p.m.)

Yes, Match 58 kicks off before Match 57 and Match 60 kicks off before Match 59. FIFA does strange things sometimes, because it can.

Semifinals

Tuesday, July 8: Match 61, Winner of Match 57 vs. Winner of Match 58 at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (4:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 9: Match 52, Winner of Match 59 vs. Winner of Match 60 at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (4:00 p.m.)

Third Place Game

Saturday, July 12: Loser of Match 61 vs. Loser of Match 62 at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (4:00 p.m.)

Championship Game

Sunday, July 13: Winner of Match 61 vs. Winner of Match 62 at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (3:00 p.m.)

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World Cup Brazil 2014 : England 0 -1 Germany

"Not the result we were looking for last night. On a positive note, it's been an extremely successful year with the England team. We achieved our goal of qualification and we'll do everything we can to prepare in the right way ahead of the World Cup! Looking forward to heading back to Manchester now and getting back to training with the United lads!," said Wayne Rooney after the match.

"It's disappointing to get boos," remarked England boss Roy Hodson. " "The major disappointment is two fold: we didn't show the quality I expected, and having 150,000 people through to watch us and send them home disappointed.

"The Germans were better in the quality of their passing and finishing. We let ourselves down in the final third tonight. We can do better. We know that.

"It's always disappointing to get boos, but there aren't many games where the home side don't get the result and then don't boo. We don't want that.

"We want the applause we had after the Montenegro and Poland games.

"But to get the applause, that level of acclaim, we're going to have to play better and win matches. We didn't play well enough tonight, didn't win, and sent 85,000 people home disappointed."

"What about Townsend's shot that hit the post? Is that not on target? I rest my case," snapped Hodgson.

"It's been a great year for the FA, and a great year for me because we've qualified for the World Cup," said Hodgson. "I'm not prepared that the fact we've used a lot of players, and used these two very tough friendly matches - a severe test against Chile and Germany - to accept, for one minute, personally, that that's going to take the shine off a very good year.

"We've achieved our goal and have a lot to look forward to in 2014: a lot of players fiercely trying to contest their places in the squad, and I'm looking forward to it. I thank 2013 for that."

"Joe Hart proved I was right about him. He played very well and wasn't snowed under with work, and we shaded it territorially, but they created more chances."

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World Cup 2014 Brazil - Group Stage Qualifiers Winners

There are seven European teams who will compete in Brazil.

European teams qualifying for World Cup 2014 are Belgium, Italy, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia, England, Spain. (Plus four from play-off teams - Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Ukraine, Greece, France).

The draw for the World Cup 2014 play-offs is set for Monday.

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England Squad

Goalkeepers Hart, Ruddy, Forster Defenders Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole; Midfielders Theo Walcott, Andros Townsend, Michael Carrick, Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Forwards Daniel Welbeck, Andy Carroll, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney

Here is an update on Group Stage World Cup 2014 competition leaving winners who will go on to Brazil and runners- up who will compete in the play-offs.

Group A

Belgium 1-1 Wales
Scotland 2-0 Croatia

Belgium,who had qualified automatically, were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales.

Croatia, who were already guaranteed second place, were beaten 2-0 by Scotland. As a result of Croatia's loss, manager Igor Stimac turned in his resignation.

"Never mind that we qualified for the play-offs, I want to show some morale, certain responsibility and if there is anyone in the federation that does not believe in my work I want to give them the chance to change. They will have a meeting to discuss it," Stimac said.

Group B

Italy 2-2 Armenia
Denmark 6-0 Malta

Italy, who had already won the group, defeated Armenia in Naples with goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Mario Balotelli gaving them a 2-2 draw - and they ended their qualifying campaign unbeaten.

Bulgaria's home defeat by the Czech Republic allowed Denmark to overtake them and finish second, with a 6-0 win over Malta.

Group C

R. of Ireland V Kazakhstan
Germany 5-3 Sweden

Germany, already group winners, clinched a thrilling 5-3 win over Sweden, who were already secure in their play-off place.

The Republic of Ireland finished fourth after beating Kazakhstan 3-1.

Group D

Romania 2-0 Estonia
Turkey 0-2 Netherlands

Ciprian Marica scored twice to give Romania a 2-0 win over Estonia and won a play-off place ahead of Turkey.

Turkey were beaten 2-0 in Istanbul by the Netherlands. The Dutch finished nine points clear at the top, with nine wins and a draw from their 10 games.

Group E

Switzerland 1-0 Slovenia
Cyprus 0-0 Albania
Norway 1-1 Iceland

Switzerland clinched their World Cup spot as they beat Slovenia 1-0.

Iceland reached the play-offs.

Group F

Russia 1-1 Azerbaijan
Portugal 3-0 Luxembourg
Israel 1-1 Northern Ireland

Russia won the group in Baku, drawing 1-1 with Azerbaijan under Russian coach Fabio Capello.

Portugal, who beat Luxembourg 3-0 without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, will be in next month's play-offs.

Northern Ireland drew 1-1 with Israel and finished fifth.

Group G

Bosnia-Hercegovina 1-0 Lithuania
Greece,1-0 Liechtenstein

Bosnia-Hercegovina beat Lithuania to book their place in Brazil.

Greece beat Liechtenstein 1-0 to reach the play-offs.

Group H

England 2-0 Poland
Ukraine 8-0 San Marino

Marko Devic scored a hat-trick as Ukraine destroyed San Marino 8-0 to reach the play-offs after England beat Poland 2-0.

Group I

Spain 2-0 Georgia
France 3-0 Finland.

Spain battled Georgia resulting in a comfortable 2-0 win. The world champions' goals came from Man City striker Alvaro Negredo and Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque said, "We had a few problems against the lesser teams but we also showed our strength against a powerful France side (who they beat 1-0 in Paris in March).

"We almost, almost found ourselves losing out to them in the group but we came through with flying colours."