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No, it's not. What? 13 spots for 742 million people? 5 spots for 1.2 billion and only 4 for 4.3 billion? What's so right about that? Blatter is right on this one.

Argentina needs 1 more point, Ecuador 2 more points and Colombia 6 (have in mind that they have 2 more matches the the other 2 leaders), while I think Uruguay, Venezuela, Chile and Peru will have the

No. Why are you asking a question on the boards that you could easily answer for yourself with 30 seconds of online research? Irritating.

If Iran loses one of their two remaining games and Uzbekistan wins their final game then Uzbekistan is in. So Iran is not in a win and your in situation atm.

Sometimes I wonder about you. If Iran wins they are in, just because they need two wins compared to Korea and Australia's one does not mean what I wrote is inaccurate.

Korea, Iran and Australia have their own fate in their hands. Whereas Uzbekistan and Oman need an Iranian/Australian lose and to win their game to qualify, or one of the other convoluted goal-differential/draw scenarios.

And with the way Iran is pounding Lebanon it is likely that Iran will only need a draw in Uslan against Korea to ensure both qualify because Uzbekistan would need to win by at least 4 goals against Qatar as of typing this.

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Standings

AFC - group A

1- South Korea 14 pts

2- Iran 13

3- Uzbekistan 11

4- Qatar 7

5- Lebanon 5

next matches:

South Korea v Iran

Uzbekistan v Qatar

AFC - Group B

1- Japan 17 pts QLF

2- Australia 10

3- Oman 9

4- Jordan 7

5- Iraq 5

next maches:

Australia v Iraq

Jordan v Oman

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Sometimes I wonder about you. If Iran wins they are in, just because they need two wins compared to Korea and Australia's one does not mean what I wrote is inaccurate.

Korea, Iran and Australia have their own fate in their hands. Whereas Uzbekistan and Oman need an Iranian/Australian lose and to win their game to qualify, or one of the other convoluted goal-differential/draw scenarios.

And with the way Iran is pounding Lebanon it is likely that Iran will only need a draw in Uslan against Korea to ensure both qualify because Uzbekistan would need to win by at least 4 goals against Qatar as of typing this.

Sometimes your condescending tone makes you look like an ass.

You wrote your comment when Iran had yet to win their game. So really my comment stands, and Iran win and they are in doesn't because their game had not finished.

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Group A

Ethiopia 2 - 1 South Africa

1- Ethiopia 13 pts

2- South Africa 8

3- Botswana 4

4- Central African Rep 3

The group winner Ethiopia advances to 3rd round, 2010 hosts South Africa have been eliminated with 1 game Remaining

Ivory Coast (group C) and Egypt (group G) also qualified to the 3rd round

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I guess it is a little surprising if you look at the rankings used for seeding. And Ethiopia, as well as Congo, had to play through the first round. As of today CAR is the best ranked team in South Africa's group. Ethiopia will likely be an easy in for a team like Cote d'Ivoire or Egypt.

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I guess it is a little surprising if you look at the rankings used for seeding. And Ethiopia, as well as Congo, had to play through the first round. As of today CAR is the best ranked team in South Africa's group. Ethiopia will likely be an easy in for a team like Cote d'Ivoire or Egypt.

Which is unfortunate because Ghana or Zambia have to head out. CAR is surprising. Before 2010 they were the last ranked nation on the earth.

Congo-Brazzaville is lucky if they get through because of a technicality

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AFC - Group A

South Korea 0 - 1 Iran

Uzbekistan 5 - 1 Qatar

final standings

1- Iran 16 pts

2- South Korea 14

3- Uzbekistan 14

4- Qatar 7

5- Lebanon 5

Iran and South Korea through to 2014 WC, Uzbekistan advances to AFC play-off

Qualified Teams: Brazil, Japan, Australia, Iran, South Korea

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Ethiopia face points deduction after admitting error

(Reuters) - Ethiopia soccer officials have admitted fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier and are resigned to being stripped of three points, potentially handing South Africa and Botswana a 2014 lifeline.

"We have evaluated the situation and we came across the issue that we made a mistake," Ethiopian Football Federation president Sahilu Gebremariam told Reuters.

Soccer's world governing body FIFA announced on Sunday it was investigating allegations that Ethiopia had fielded an ineligible player in a qualifier against Botswana on June 8.

The announcement came hours after a 2-1 win over South Africa in Addis Ababa secured them top place in Group A and a place in the final phase of the African qualifiers for the 2014 finals in Brazil.

That win also appeared to have ended the hopes of 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa and Botswana reaching next year's finals as Ethiopia had opened up what was an unassailable five-point lead in the group.

However, a place in the final round of qualifying will once again be up for grabs from Group A if, as expected, Ethiopia are docked three points for including a suspended player in their line-up on June 8.

If the points are redistributed, Ethiopia will have 10 points, South Africa will be on eight and Botswana on seven with each team having one match left to play in Round 2.

Ethiopia should not have fielded Minyahile Beyene in their 2-1 win in Botswana on June 8 as the midfielder was suspended for the match after picking up two yellow cards in previous qualifiers.

He was yellow carded in the 1-1 draw with South Africa last June, and then again in a 1-0 win over Botswana in March.

World Cup rules dictate that once a player has received two cautions in the qualifying campaign, he has an automatic one-match ban.

"We accepted the allegation, that this was inappropriate. There won't be an appeal from us being lodged," added Gebremariam.

'We are not frustrated at all since we are still leading the group. The only thing to do now is to concentrate for the next game. I am confident that we will do our best."

In their last Round 2 matches on September 6, Ethiopia play away against Central African Republic, while South Africa host Botswana.

Africa has seen an unprecedented number of disciplinary actions from FIFA against countries in the 2014 qualifying campaign.

Burkina Faso and Gabon lost points for fielding Cameroon-born players who were ineligible to play for their national teams and Sudan lost three points for using a suspended player.

There also cases pending against Equatorial Guinea, for using imported players from Brazil and Colombia in their recent World Cup qualifiers, and Togo, who played with an ineligible player when they beat Cameroon earlier this month.

Reuters

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