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France, Greece qualify for World Cup on final day

France qualified for its fourth consecutive World Cup when officials missed an obvious handball by Thierry Henry that led to William Gallas' overtime goal in a 1-1 tie against Ireland.

France avoided a penalty-kicks shootout at Saint-Denis, and won the home-and-home, total-goals playoff, 2-1. The French had scored a 1-0 victory in Dublin on Saturday.

Greece, Slovenia, Portugal, Algeria, Uruguay also advanced to next year’s tournament on the final day of qualifying, completing the field next year in South Africa.

Greece won, 1-0, at Ukraine for a 2-1 aggregate victory; Slovenia upset visiting Russia, 1-0, to leave the aggregate tied, 2-2, and advanced on away goals; and Portugal won, 1-0, at Bosnia-Herzegovina for a 2-0 aggregate win.

Algeria qualified by beating Egypt, 1-0, in a tiebreaker playoff at Khartoum, Sudan. Uruguay earned the final berth, tying visiting Costa Rica, 1-1, to win on 2-1 aggregate.

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