Monday, 21 October 2013

World Cup 2014 playoffs draw in full: Portugal get Sweden as France face tough Ukraine test

World Cup 2014 playoffs draw in full: Portugal get Sweden as France face tough Ukraine test

England narrowly avoided the agony of the playoffs but find out who got who, as it happened in Zurich

1:29 pm
Thanks for joining us today, we'll see you in November for the big games themselves.
Until then, stay tuned to MirrorFootball for all the reaction and analysis of those ties.
Oh, and the glut of Premier League and Champions League family we'll be bringing you in the meantime.
1:19 pm
So, one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT be at World Cup 2014.
That's bad news for Nike.
It's also bad news for spectators, but being honest I think I'd rather see the Swedes there with a flowing Ibrahimovic than Ronaldo's brutish, miserable efficiency.
1:16 pm
First leg to be played on November 15, second leg to be played on November 19.
The draw in full:
  • Portugal v Sweden
  • Ukraine v France
  • Greece v Romania
  • Iceland v Croatia
Teams drawn first play their home leg on Nov 15.
1:14 pm
Third out:
Greece v Romania.
And finally:
Iceland v Croatia.
1:12 pm
Second tie:
Ukraine v France.
England's runners-up get a tough draw!
1:11 pm
First game:
Portugal v Sweden.
1:09 pm
Swiss footballing god Alexander Frei will be helping with the drawing of the balls.
If you don't remember him, he played for Dortmund when they were cack.
Whoever is his drawmaster is currently lecturing us on how the balls will come out of the pots.
For some context, his voice is more monotonous than Michael Owen's.
1:08 pm
So, it seems that France have been getting somewhat upset that they're not seeded for this draw.
That's a shame.
It's also an example of some fairly short memories on their part.
12:38 pm
You may have heard that Igor Stimac left his post as Croatia manager - despite securing them a playoff spot - with the embarrassment of losing to Scotland clearly too much.
But his replacement is already on board, former Croatia captain Niko Kovac.
Want to know more about Kovac? Well I can't help, but here's a picture of him with a giant armadillo.
12:32 pm
A quick look behind the scenes in Zurich.
Unsurprisingly, they are gorging themselves on the integrity of football (and lunch) inside FIFA's hollowed-out volcano lair.

12:24 pm
Don't pretend you're not ludicrously excited by next summer's big show in Brazil, because we sure as hell are and that starts now - even though we don't know who we're playing yet.
Last week's Wembley drama may have secured England's passage but for eight other teams there is an enormous month ahead.
Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Ukraine, France, Sweden, Romania and Iceland are all waiting nervously to find out who they'll slug it out with over two legs for their ticket to the finals.
Stay with us and we'll bring you live updates, reaction and analysis from around the world as the balls come out of the pots.

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