Iceland must get past Croatia to reach their first FIFA World Cup finals while 1998 winners France take on Ukraine after the play-off draw was held in Zurich today.
The draw, made by former Switzerland striker Alexander Frei and FIFA head of Olympic and World Cup qualifiers Gordon Savic, involved the eight runners-up from the nine European qualifying groups with the best records against the sides finishing first, third, fourth and fifth in their section. Iceland, hoping to emulate Bosnia and Herzegovina in qualifying for their maiden senior men's final tournament, face a tough encounter with Croatia.
To progress to their tenth straight major championship, France need to overcome opponents they knocked out of UEFA EURO 2012, Ukraine, who have already been group runners-up behind the other team that topped them on home soil 16 months ago, England. In the other ties, Portugal play Sweden and Greece are up against Romania.
The four victors of the two-legged ties will join the nine UEFA group winners – Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England and holders Spain – in the 32-team finals in Brazil running from 12 June to 13 July 2014.
European play-off draw (15 & 19 November)
Portugal v Sweden
Ukraine v France
Greece v Romania
Iceland v Croatia
World Cup finals draw (17.00CET, 6 December, Bahia)
Qualified teams (21/32): Brazil (hosts), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Germany, Honduras, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Spain (holders), Switzerland, United States
Other World Cup play-offs
Intercontinental (13 & 20 November)
Jordan v Uruguay
Mexico v New Zealand
Africa (first-leg score)
Nigeria (2-1) Ethiopia – second leg 16 November
Senegal (1-3) Ivory Coast – 16 November
Cameroon (0-0) Tunisia – 17 November
Egypt (1-6) Ghana – 19 November
Algeria (2-3) Burkina Faso – 19 November
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