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Six places left for World Cup finals

The final 32-team line-up for South Africa will be determined after Wednesday's final round of qualifying matches.
The final 32-team line-up for South Africa will be determined after Wednesday's final round of qualifying matches.
  • The final 32 teams for the World Cup finals will be determined after Wednesday's qualifiers
  • A total of six more teams will secure their places in next summer's finals in South Africa
  • Egypt and Algeria will battle it out in Sudan in a dramatic on-off play-off showdown

(CNN) -- The final 32 for next summer's World Cup finals will be completed on Wednesday after the final round of qualifying matches take place -- with six spots still available for South Africa 2010.

A total of 26 nations have already booked their tickets for the finals, with last weekend seeing Nigeria, Cameroon and New Zealand securing their spots in next summer's football extravaganza.

The tournament already promises to be the greatest ever, with top teams of the caliber of Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, England, the Netherlands, Ivory Coast and Ghana already sealing their places.

But who will join them?...Here at CNN we take a look at the remaining six matches.


Undoubtedly the most dramatic match last weekend saw Egypt beat Algeria 2-0 in Cairo, with a last-gasp goal.

This meant both teams finished level on points in Group C and with their goal difference and head-to-head records the same, a deciding match will be played in Khartoum, Sudan, to determine who qualifies between these bitterest of north African rivals.


Four teams will qualify from Europe after Saturday produced four tight matches with three being decided by a single goal -- and the other ending goalless.

Ukraine and Greece finished 0-0 on Saturday, so the winners in Donetsk will qualify, although the Greeks will go through with a score draw.

France look favorites to progress in Paris after beating the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Dublin, while Portugal take a slender 1-0 lead into their match in Bosnia.

Russia may rue conceding a late goal against Slovenia, who only need to win 1-0 in Maribor to qualify after Saturday's 2-1 success.

South American/CONCACAF play-off:

Uruguay are strong favorites to become the fifth South American team to reach the finals.

They take a 1-0 lead against Costa Rica into the second leg in Montevideo, where a draw will see them through.