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History-makers Bosnia, holders Spain qualify

‘GREAT WORK’:Bosnia head to their first-ever major finals, Spain remained unbeaten in qualifiers since 1993 and England showed more progress while qualifying

AFP, PARIS

Portugal, Greece, France and Ukraine — the latter two finishing runners-up to Spain and England respectively, will learn who their opponents are in the playoffs in the draw on Monday.

Portugual coach Paulo Bento said his side had not been the best team in the group, but pledged his side would do their utmost to reach Brazil.

“When results and performances have not been good, it is logical to shake things up,” said Bento, who took them to the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

“However, we cannot as we have a short time only to prepare for the play-offs in the best possible manner,” he said.

In other qualifiers, it was:

Group A

‧ Belgium 1, Wales 1

‧ Scotland 2, Croatia 0

‧ Serbia 5, FYR Macedonia 1

Group B

‧ Denmark 6, Malta 0

‧ Czech Republic 1, Bulgaria 0

‧ Italy 2, Armenia 2

Group C

‧ Germany 5, Sweden 3

‧ Ireland 3, Kazakhstan 1

‧ Austria 3, Faroe Islands 0

Group D

‧ Netherlands 2, Turkey 0

‧ Romania 2, Estonia 0

‧ Hungary 2, Andorra 0

Group E

‧ Cyprus 0, Albania 0

‧ Switzerland 1, Slovenia 0

‧ Norway 1, Iceland 1

‧ Latvia 2, Slovakia 2

Group F

‧ Portugal 3, Luxembourg 0

‧ Israel 1, Northern Ireland 1

Group H

‧ Moldova 5, Montenegro 2

‧ Ukraine 8, San Marino 0

Group I

‧ France 3, Finland 0

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