Qualifying for Euro 2012, African Cup Of Nations goes down to wire
Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany have already qualified for next summer's European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. Six more group winners will join them, plus the runner-up with the best record against the teams finishing first, third and fourth in the standings, with the eight other runners-up playing off for the four remaining slots. Here's a look at key upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers:
This weekend sees the final round of games in a typically complex qualifying system for the Cup of Nations, which begins in January. There are 11 qualifying groups. The top side in each group qualifies along with the two hosts, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The second team in Group K (which grew to five sides when Togo were readmitted after their ban for quitting the last Cup of Nations following the terrorist attack on their team bus was overturned) also qualifies, as do the two best second-placed teams from the other 10 groups excluding Group F, which was reduced to three sides with the withdrawal of Mauritania. In determining the best second-placed teams, results against the side finishing bottom of the group are discounted.