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World Cup: Play-offs round-up

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With the World Cup play-offs all done and dusted, let's take a look at who survived the and booked their tickets to Brazil 2014.

Sweden 2-4 (agg) Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Sweden booked Portugal's place at the 2014 World Cup. Portugal led 1-0 going into the second leg. Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 50th minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 2 goals to level the score as the hosts looked like to complete an unlikely comeback. But two quick goals from Ronaldo secured Portugal's place in Brazil.

France 3-2 (agg) Ukraine

France overturned a 2-0 first leg defeat to reach the World Cup with a thrilling 3-0 win over a 10-man Ukraine. Liverpool defender, Mamadou Sakho, scored twice on the night to help France qualify to Brazil, whilst Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, equalled the aggregate score from an offside position. Ukraine went down to 10 men after Yevhen Khacheridi received his second yellow card of the night during the second half.

Croatia 2-0 (agg) Iceland

Croatia's 2-0 win over Iceland secured their place in Brazil following a goalless first leg in Iceland. Bayern Munich striker, Mario Mandzukic, scored the first goal in the 27th minute but was later sent off just before half-time. Shakhtar Donetsk defender, Darijo Srna scored the second goal in the second half to secure Croatia's place in Brazil.

Romania 2-4 (agg) Greece

Greece secured their place at the 2014 World Cup after a 1-1 draw in Romania was enough for the Greeks to qualify for Brazil. Leading 3-1 from the first leg, the Greeks looked under pressure before in-form striker Konstantinos Mitroglou beat the offside trap to put them ahead. Despite an own goal, Greece saw out the rest of the game to ensure they will be going to Brazil.

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