Albacete, Spain (4E Sports) – Defending World Cup champion Spain, England, Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina nabbed spots in next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Spain enjoyed more than 75 percent of the possession in a comfortable 2-0 victory over Georgia at the Carlos Belmonte Stadium.
Spain’s front line of Iniesta, Negredo, Pedro Rodriguez, and Jesus Navas was just too much for 97th-ranked Georgia.
Andres Iniesta fed Alvaro Negredo in the first half for Spain’s first goal, while substitute Juan Mata padded Spain’s lead after the break.
Pedro floated a deep pass for Iniesta to tap back to Negredo to guide into the top of goal.
Mata stroked home a loose ball inside the area just three minutes after replacing Pedro.
Spain’s victory rendered France’s 3-0 win against Finland meaningless as Spain needed just one point to qualify for Brazil.
Meanwhile, England got goals from veterans Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard in a 2-0 victory over Poland to top Group H and sealed its fifth-straight trip to the World Cup. They held off second place Ukraine.
Russia drew 1-1 against Azerbaijan, but the one point was all it needed to win Group F, leaving Portugal in second.
Bosnia-Herzegovina also finished atop their group with a 1-0 win over Lithuania, ensuring their first-ever World Cup appearance advancing over second-place Greece.
Iceland, which reached the playoffs by virtue of a 1-1 draw at Norway, finished second to Switzerland in Group E.
Should Iceland qualify, it would become the smallest nation to ever reach the World Cup.
The eight teams vying for four European spots in next month’s playoffs will be Ukraine, Portugal, Iceland, Greece, Romania, Sweden, Croatia and France.