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Brazil 2014 close for European quartet

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The quartet of Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Sweden could all qualify for Brazil 2014 if the right results go their way this week.

Italy are the only team who don’t have to rely on other games to see them through. If they beat the Czech Republic they will qualify, however they still would be seen through if they match Bulgaria’s result against Malta.

The Netherlands would go through if they beat Andorra and rivals Romania fail to win against Turkey. Although, because of their significant goal difference, even if both sides win the Netherlands would still be all but through.

Germany would need to beat the Faroe Islands and also hope that Sweden drop points against Kazakhstan if they want to guarantee a top-spot finish, although all teams in their group still have two games to play.

For Switzerland to qualify, they would need a win against second-place Norway and hope that Iceland draw against Albania.

The winners of each group qualify automatically, while all but one second-placed team (the one with the worst record against first, third, fourth and fifth) move into the play-offs.

Japan, Iran, Australia and South Korea have already qualified yet no European team have cemented their place as of yet. In eight out of nine groups second place is still up for grabs, so it will be exciting to see what happens. 

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