With the group stage of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers over, nine national teams have already booked a place in Brazil.

Soon another four teams will be joining them, making it 13 participants from the European bracket.


Here we look at what went down on the final match day in group B.

Bulgaria 0-1 Czech Republic

Bulgaria went into the match in second place, with the Czech Republic hot on their heels, needing a win as they were level on points with Denmark who had an easier match against Malta at home.

After a goalless first half the Czechs took the lead seven minutes after the restart, courtesy of Borek Dockal.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts as Zanev was sent-off 15 minutes from time.

This victory put the Czechs in third place, but Bulgaria shouldn’t feel too heart-broken since a win wouldn’t have sent them into the play-offs anyway, due to the fact they would have been the worst placed runners-up, a title that now belongs to the Danes.

Denmark 6-0 Malta

Denmark needed to win by a huge margin to make sure they came in second if Bulgaria had won.

Even though they steamrolled over Malta, if Bulgaria had won, they would still have been behind on goal difference.

However this is of no importance now since group B had the worst placed runner-up, and hence no spot in the play-offs.

Morten Rasmussen opened the score eight minutes in and the Danes managed to pile on three more before the break.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger scored twice from the spot, with Bjelland netting in-between.

Rasmussen scored another in the second half before Nielsen set the final score.

 Italy 2-2 Armenia

Armenia fought a brave battle away against group B winners Italy, managing to add a point to their tally.

The visiting underdogs managed to take the lead in each half through Movsisyan and Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

However the Italians weren’t going to let them leave with all the spoils, levelling the score twice through Florenzi in the first half and Balotelli in the second.

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