UEFA World Cup 2014 qualifying: Bosnia, England and Spain clinch spots in Brazil

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

The final automatic qualification places in UEFA have been claimed, all eight places in the playoff round are taken. After a long campaign, World Cup qualifying in Europe is nearly complete.

John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost, "Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light." He didn't know it at the time, but he was talking about World Cup qualifying.

After over a year of matches across Europe, we have finally finished the road -- well almost all it since we still have the playoff round -- in UEFA.

Nine teams -- Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia, England and Spain -- have claimed automatic births for next summer's World Cup in Brazil and another four will join them after a playoff round of games in November.

Here's a recap of all the results from the final day of World Cup qualifying across Europe:

Group A

Serbia 5-1 Macedonia

Serbia hammered last place Macedonia, securing a third placed finish in the group.

Belgium 1-1 Wales

Belgium didn't need to do anything on the final day of qualifying and it showed as they drew with Wales.

Scotland 2-0 Croatia

Croatia finished second and will be in the playoff round despite a poor showing against Scotland.

Group B

Bulgaria 0-1 Czech Republic

Borek Dockal's goal early in the second half ended Bulgaria's already slim hopes of qualifying for the playoff round.

Full match report here

Denmark 6-0 Malta

Denmark belted Malta on the final day of qualifying, but it wasn't enough as despite finishing in second place, they still ended up the lowest ranked off all the possible playoff teams and thus were eliminated.

Italy 2-2 Armenia

Italy had to come from behind twice to earn a draw against Armenia.

Full match report here

Group C

Faroe Islands 0-3 Austria

Goals from Andreas Ivanschitz, Sebastian Prödl and David Alaba helped Austria end their campaign with a win.

Republic of Ireland 3-1 Kazakhstan

Ireland overturned an early one goal deficit to earn a final day victory over Kazahkstan.

Sweden 3-5 Germany

Germany overcame an early two goal deficit to pull away from Sweden in a wild eight goal match.

Full match report here

Group D

Hungary 2-0 Andorra

Two second-half goals, one from Nemanja Nikolic and an own-goal from Ildefonso Lima fired Hungary to a final day victory over Andorra. The win moves Hungary up to third in the group while Andorra finishes on the bottom.

Romania 2-0 Estonia

Ciprian Marica is the hero for Romania as his brace not only gave his nation the victory over Estonia, it also secured Romania a place in the playoff round.

Turkey 0-2 Netherlands

Turkey fell out of second place and will not get a shot at going to Brazil in the playoff round after falling against the Dutch.

Full match report here

Group E

Cyprus 0-0 Albania

The qualifying campaigns of both Cyprus and Albana came to a close with a drab scoreless draw.

Norway 1-1 Iceland

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put Iceland in front in the 12th minute and despite an equalizer in the 30th minute from Daniel Braathen, Iceland held on for the point. Thanks to Slovenia's loss against the Swiss, Iceland finished second in the group and will enter the playoff round.

Switzerland 1-0 Slovenia

Granit Xhaka's late goal helped the Swiss (who had already qualified for Brazil) finish their campaign on a positive note with a win. For Slovenia, they're left sitting in third place, one point behind Iceland for the playoff spot.

Group F

Azerbaijan 1-1 Russia

Russia needed a point and got a point as they won Group F and booked their place in Brazil.

Full match report here

Israel 1-1 Northern Ireland

Steven Davis' late equalizer helped Northern Ireland earn a final day draw against Israel. Neither side had anything official to play for today.

Portugal 3-0 Luxembourg

Portugal's convincing victory wasn't enough to get them ahead of Russia as they'll have to settle for a date in the playoff round.

Full match report here

Group G

Greece 2-0 Liechtenstein

Greece rolled past Liechtenstein behind goals from Dimitris Salpingidis and Giorgos Karagounis, but they still had to settle for second in the group and a spot in the playoff round.

Lithuania 0-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

For the first time since their formation in 1992, Bosnia have qualified for the World Cup.

Full match report here

Latvia 2-2 Slovakia

Martin Jakubko and Kornel Salata gave Slovakia a two-goal lead at halftime, but Latvia stormed back in the second half thanks to goals from Velerijs Sabala and Renars Rode to earn a draw.

Group H

England 2-0 Poland

The Three Lions claimed a spot in Brazil, winning Group H with a 2-0 win over Poland.

Full match report here

Montenegro 2-5 Moldova

Moldova scored five goals!

San Marino 0-8 Ukraine

Thanks to England's win, the best the Ukraine could do is secure a spot in the playoff round and they did just that with an emphatic thumping of lowly San Marino.

Group I

France 3-0 Finland

France will not head to the playoff round after finishing second in Group I.

Full match report here

Spain 2-0 Georgia

Spain needed a single point to secure their spot in Brazil, but they went ahead and just won anyway.

Full match report here

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