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Bosnia-Herzegovina qualifies for first World Cup

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Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for its first World Cup as an independent nation and Russia also won its group Tuesday night to earn a spot in next year's 32-nation field in Brazil.

England and defending champion Spain were in position to clinch berths in late games.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Greece finished second in their groups, winding up in next months' eight-team European playoffs that will determine four more berths.

Bosnia (8-1-1) won 1-0 at Lithuania on Vedad Ibisevic's 68th-minute goal to win Group G on goal difference over Greece (8-1-1), which beat visiting Liechtenstein 2-0 as Dimitris Salpingidis scored in the seventh and Giorgos Karagounis added a goal in the 81st.

Russia (7-2-1) won Group F with a 1-1 tie at Azerbaijan as Roman Shirokov scored in the 15th. Portugal (6-1-3) finished a point back after defeating visiting Luxembourg 3-0 on goals by Silvestre Varela, Nani and Helder Postiga.

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer

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