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World Cup qualifying in pictures

  • The list of finalists for the 2010 World Cup will be clearer after several important qualifying matches over the weekend
  • New Zealand have reached South Africa after victory over Bahrain while Nigeria and Cameroon joined them from the Africa.
  • CNN captures the important moments in the qualifying campaign as the actions unfolds around the globe

(CNN) -- The finalists for the 2010 World Cup will become clearer this weekend as the race to qualify for South Africa hots up.

Three more qualification places have been decided this weekend with Cameroon and Nigeria securing their spots in Africa. Egypt or Algeria will join them after a dramatic 2-0 win for the Pharoahs on Saturday to set up a playoff on Wednesday. New Zealand, who claimed victory over Bahrain in their play-off match, are also on their way to the finals.

The picture in Europe should also become apparent with the first legs of qualifying play-off ties being played with powerhouses France and Portugal in action.

CNN takes a look at the action in the key matches in its gallery of World Cup qualifying action, with the latest images added as final whistles blow around the globe.