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Portugal and Slovenia Advance to the World Cup

Written by Gaby Varji   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 22:53

Portugal and Slovenia Advance to the World Cup After all, Cristiano Ronaldo will be in the World Cup.

Portugal got the ticket to their third consecutive world cup on Wednesday to overcome Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in the second leg of the playoff qualifying.

Raul Meireles scored the target in the 56th minute off a pass from Nani.

Portugal coach Markers won the playoff with a 2-0 overall after Saturday's 1-0 victory in Lisbon.

Christian, the Real Madrid star, did not play the playoffs with a sprained ankle that kept him sidelined for over a month.

Portugal came close to flunking out of South Africa after a dismal start in qualifying, but rallied in the stretch and reached the playoffs against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Meanwhile, in Maribor, Slovenia, Slovenia qualified for the South Africa-2010 World Cup by beating Russia 1-0, Wednesday in Maribor, due to twice the value on away goals after losing in the first leg 2-1.

Slovenia, independent since 1991, go for the second time the World Cup final phase, after its debut in 2002. For its part, Russia will be absent for the second straight event.

The Balkans, which had been a capital goal in the final minutes in the first leg in Moscow prevailed thanks to a striker Zlatko Dedic (44).

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