Not the best result for Ireland in Turin tonight with a 2-0 win for Italy over Bulgaria but at least Cannavaro will miss the match in Croke Park which is something, even though you wouldn't give Cyprus much chance of getting a result in Italy should we get an unlikely win next month. Still though a playoff should be a given. Northern Ireland are gone as well, Slovakia were clinical tonight in Belfast and have all but booked their place to South Africa. With Slovenia winning 3-0 against Poland they now have second place and with 1 of their 2 matches against San Marino while the North face a trip to the Czech Republic it's fair to rule them out. All too easy for England, with a 5-1 win over Croatia at Wembley with 2 games to spare. Scotland put in a decent performance against the Dutch but couldn't take the chances when they came and ultimately the Dutch took the win late on. A draw would have given them an outside chance of getting a playoff but even when you rule out the results against the bottom teams for the 6 team groups the Scots still would have been struggling, as for Norway getting a playoff I'd say no chance. Russia set up a winner takes all clash with Germany in Moscow next month courtesy of their win in Wales tonight. France look like they'll have to rely on the playoffs after their draw in Belgrade, not too bad considering they were down to 10 men for the majority of the match. Spain should book their place as well if they can get the win against Estonia after Turkey got a draw in Zenica. Talk about drama in Riyadh, Saudi had taken the lead in the second leg of the playoff with a goal in the 90th minute only for Bahrain to equalise a minute later and set up a playoff with New Zealand.