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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-11-19

Slovenia (pictured) stunned Russia on Wednesday to qualify for the World Cup finals. Portugal Greece and Uruguay will also travel to South Africa next year.

Slovenia, Portugal and Greece qualified alongside Algeria on Wednesday for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In the surprise of the evening, Slovenia claimed their ticket on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw thanks to a 1-0 home win in the play-off second leg against Russia.

Panathinaïkos' striker Dimitrios Salpingidis gave Greece their place for South Africa as his side beat Ukraine 1-0 in Donetsk (both teams drew 0-0 in the first leg).

Finally, Portugal's Meireles scored the winning goal in Bosnia as his side clinched a 1-0 away victory to qualify for their third world cup in a row. Portugal beat Bosnia 1-0 in the first leg.

Uruguay struggled to tame Costa Rica before booking their place in the World Cup finals with a 1-1 draw at home in the second leg of their South America/CONCACAF playoff.

Date created : 2009-11-18

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