Germany draws, Ireland and Slovenia win

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

Germany, threatened with the humiliation of failing to qualify for World Cup finals, drew 1-1 against Ukraine in the first leg of its playoff in Kiev.

London:

Germany, threatened with the humiliation of failing to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time, worked hard for a 1-1 draw against Ukraine in the first leg of its playoff in Kiev yesterday. The result gives Germany a slight edge for the return match in Dortmund. The three-time champion has qualified for the finals in each of its 15 attempts. In other playoffs yesterday, Ireland dominated against Iran in Dublin to win 2-0, while in Ljubljana, Slovenia defeated Romania 2-1 to edge closer to its first World Cup appearance. In Brussels, Belgium beat a 10-man Czech Republic 1-0 and in Vienna, Turkey's World Cup campaign received a boost when it beat Austria 1-0. Turkey has not qualified for the finals since 1954. The return legs are on Wednesday, except for Iran-Ireland, which is Thursday. (PTI)

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