Four more countries can now make their travel plans for Brazil

Last Updated: 14/10/13 6:11am

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We run through the latest countries to book their place at the World Cup finals.

Four more countries can now make their travel plans for Brazil, with three more Europeans sealing their places.

Belgium needed just a point form nearest rivals Croatia in Group A and they made no mistake with a 2-1 win thanks to two goals from Romelu Lukaku.

It will be Belgium's first appearance at the finals since 2002.

Switzerland qualified for their third successive finals as they finalised top spot in Group E with victory in Albania.

Three-time winners Germany also needed just a point to secure passage from from Group C and they did that with a 3-0 success over Republic of Ireland.

There are now five teams from Europe to have qualified for Brazil with Holland and Italy already there.

Four Groups remain undecided in Europe, Bosnia and England know victory in their final matches will see them through whilst Russia and Spain only need a point to progress.

The final four places in Europe will come via the play-offs of the right best second placed teams.

The only other country to book their place on Friday came in South America where Colombia secured their first World Cup finals place since 1998.

Radamel Falcao's brace helped them to a 3-3 draw with Chile which was enough to book their place alongside already qualified hosts Brazil and Argentina.

Chile and Ecuador both need a point from their final games - and they play each other - to push Uruguay into the play-off spot in fifth, where they will play Asian play-off contender Jordan.

Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea have already booked their qualification.

In Concacaf and Mexico's qualifying hopes remain, although they look like they will need to go via the play-offs as Honduras need just a point from their final game with Jamaica to seal the final automatic spot, with Costa Rica and USA already through.

If Mexico do go through the play-offs as expected, they will face Oceania winner New Zealand over two-legs for a place in Brazil.

In Africa, they are down to five play-off matches, the winners of each - to be played at various times over the next week - will make it to Brazil.

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