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World Cup field is set

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  November 18, 2009 06:51 PM

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Ireland made one final push Wednesday for a spot in next summer's World Cup, but a controversial goal in overtime sent France to the tournament instead.

The talk of the soccer world will be over whether France's Thierry Henry touched the ball with his hand -- an Associated Press report says he "appeared to control the ball twice with his hand" -- before setting up William Gallas for the game-winner.

It was the second game of a two-game playoff in which total goals determines the overall victor. France won 1-0 on Sunday, meaning Ireland needed to win 1-0 in regulation Wednesday to force an overtime session. Ireland did just that on a goal by Robbie Keane in the 33rd minute.

In the eighth minute of overtime, Gallas netted the winner.

The rest of World Cup field was completed on Wednesday. The tournament, which will be in South Africa June 11 to July 11, 2010.

The field includes:
Asia Australia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea

Africa Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa (host)

Europe Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

South America Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay

North and Central America and Caribbean Honduras, Mexico, United States


Oceania
New Zealand

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