S. America, CONCACAF teams to play for Cup berth

December 6, 2006

ZURICH, Switzerland -- Teams from two American confederations will play for a spot at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The fifth-place South American country will face the fourth-place nation from CONCACAF, FIFA said Wednesday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter decided that the Oceania champion will play against Asia's fifth-best team, keeping the number of qualifiers from each region the same as last time.

Australia beat Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago defeated Bahrain in playoffs to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Thirteen European countries and five African countries will play at the next World Cup. Host South Africa automatically qualifies.

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