History-seeking Iceland advances to playoff; Switzerland eyes top seed
BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- Switzerland boosted its chances of being a top seed at the World Cup by beating Slovenia 1-0 in its final qualifying match on Tuesday, helping Iceland seal second place in Group E and advance to the playoffs.
Granit Xhaka's 74th-minute goal ensures Switzerland will rise into the top 10 of FIFA's world rankings on Thursday.
Depending on results in South American qualifying later Tuesday, the Swiss could be among seven top-ranked teams joining host Brazil as seeds in the Dec. 6 draw.
Iceland's 1-1 draw in Norway kept alive its hopes of being the smallest nation ever to play at the World Cup.
Despite a population of just 315,000, Iceland advanced to the playoffs by finishing two points ahead of Slovenia.
Also in group E, Cyprus and Albania drew 0-0.
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