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World Cup qualifying latest

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The final 32 for the 2010 World Cup finals has become clearer after the latest round of qualifying matches
  • New Zealand booked their place at the tournament after they won the Asia/Oceania playoff with Bahrain in Wellington
  • Nigeria and Cameroon clinched their spots but Egypt and Algeria must playoff in Africa
  • France and Portugal take 1-0 first leg leads in European playoff ties
RELATED TOPICS
  • World Cup Soccer
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Bahrain
  • Cameroon
  • Gabon
  • Nigeria

(CNN) -- The final 32 for the 2010 World Cup finals has become clearer after the latest round of qualifying matches with three more nations claiming places in South Africa.

A total of 23 nations have already booked their tickets for South Africa and the tournament promises to be a real football extravaganza with top teams of the caliber of Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, England, the Netherlands, Ivory Coast and Ghana already securing their places.

France, Portugal, Russia, Cameroon and Egypt ware among the teams in action on Saturday and CNN will keep fans up to date on exactly who has qualified for the tournament.

Africa:

Group One:

Paul Le Guen's Cameroon booked their place with a 2-0 win over Morocco in Fez while Gabon's dreams of qualification ended with a 1-0 defeat in Togo

Achille Webo and Samuel Eto'o were both on the score sheet for the 'Indomitable Lions' who will set a new African record of six World Cup appearances in South Africa.

The result meant Gabon were unable to qualify and their campaign ended in 1-0 defeat to Togo after Lome Floyd Ayite struck in the dying moments which rubber stamped their place at the African Nations Cup in Angola.

Group Two:

Nigeria clinched their place at the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Kenya although they had Mozambique to thank for beating Tunisia 1-0 to enable them to top the group.

The 'Super Eagles' were indebted to Obafemi Martins, who struck twice to help them come from behind in Nairobi, and Everton striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu who also found the net.

Nigeria qualified a point ahead of Tunisia who suffered the heartbreak of conceding an 83rd-minute goal from Mozambique's Dario Monteiro in Maputo.

Group Three:

Egypt and Algeria will have to face each other again in a winner-takes-all playoff match after Emad Moteab scored a dramatic goal in the fifth minute of injury time to give the Pharaohs a 2-0 win in Cairo.

Amr Zaki had put Egypt ahead in the second minute but Algeria looked set to progress before Moteab scored a sensational second goal which ensured the teams have identical qualifying records and will have to play again in a one-off match on Wednesday.

Zambia striker Christopher Katongo thought he had got the winner for his side against Rwanda in Kigali but the goal was ruled out for offside. The match finished goalless but a point was enough to secure Zambia a place at the African Nations Cup.

Group Four:

Ghana battled to a 2-2 draw against Mali on Sunday after coming from behind twice in the last Africa group game for the 2010 World Cup.

Lassana Fane and Tenema Ndiaye scored for the visitors, while Matthew Amoah and Anthony Annan equalized for the Black Stars at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Ghana had already qualified before the game but the result means that Mali's Africa Cup of Nations' dreams are over after Romuald Boco secured Benin's 2-1 defeat of Sudan in Omdurman to finish second in the group.

The fixtures -- which doubled as Nations Cup qualifiers -- sees Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, holders Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia and Zambia join hosts Angola for the continental event in January.

Asia/Oceania playoff:

Rory Fallon scored the only goal of the game to help New Zealand qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982 as they ran out 1-0 winners in their playoff with Bahrain.

The first leg of the tie finished 0-0 in Manama but the team known as the 'All Whites' were able to secure their place after Fallon headed home a Leo Bertos corner in the 44th minute.

Bahrain were handed a chance to equalize at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington when Tony Lochhead fouled Abdulla Omar inside the box but goalkeeper Mark Paston saved Sayed Adnan's weak penalty kick.

European playoffs:

France took a giant step towards the finals with a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland at Croke Park in Dublin.

Nicolas Anelka scored the decisive goal in the 72nd minute to ease the pressure on coach Raymond Domenech ahead of the second leg in Paris on Wednesday.

Fellow powerhouses Portugal will also take a 1-0 lead into the second leg but must travel to Sarajevo to face a tricky return against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Bruno Alves scored the only goal in the 31st minute for a Portugal side missing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored twice as Russia claimed a narrow 2-1 win over Slovenia in the first leg of their playoff clash.

Russia had the bulk of possession and chances in Moscow but substitute Nejc Pecnik headed home two minutes from time to give the Slovenians what could prove to be a crucial away goal.

Ukraine will be the happier of the two teams after securing a goalless draw against Greece in the Olympic Stadium in Athens. The visitors went closest to breaking the deadlock with a fierce shot from Taras Mikhalik pushed away by home keeper Alexandros Tzorvas.

CONCACAF/South America playoff:

Uruguay will take a 1-0 lead back home to Montevideo after defeating 10-man Costa Rica.

The home side conceded while defender Gilberto Martinez was being treated for injury after a collision with Uruguay's Alvaro Fernandez.

His teammate Diego Lugano had his header from a corner blocked before squeezing in the rebound in the 21st minute.

Costa Rica's night got worse when Randall Azofeifa was dismissed for a second bookable offense after he brought down Fernandez early in the second half.