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Portugal among four seeds for Euro 2012 play-off draw

October 12, 2011 17:44 IST

Portugal, Croatia, Ireland and the Czech Republic have been seeded in Thursday's draw for next month's Euro 2012 play-offs, the UEFA said in a statement Wednesday.

The decision means Euro 2004 runners-up Portugal, who missed out on automatic qualification for next June's finals in Ukraine and Poland after Tuesday's 2-1 defeat in Denmark, will face either unseeded Turkey, Bosnia, Estonia or Montenegro.

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The draw for the November 11/12 and 15 two-legged ties will take place at 1100 GMT in Krakow Thursday.

Croatia were second in Group F behind GreeceĀ and could now face fellow-former Yugoslavs Bosnia or Montenegro, the latter of whom are making their play-off debut along with Estonia.

Spain, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Greece, England, Denmark and best runners-up Sweden have already joined the two host nations in the finals with the tournament draw taking place on December 2 in Kiev.

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