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Euro 2012 playoff seeds announced

Updated 1444 GMT (2244 HKT) October 12, 2011
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Portugal were left dejected after Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Denmark in Copenhagen condemned Paulo Bento's side to the Euro 2012 qualification playoffs. Despite the defeat, Portugal are one of four teams seeded for the playoff draw in Kiev on Thursday. Getty Images
Ireland will also be seeded for the playoffs, which will take place over two legs in November, after a 2-1 victory over Armenia in a winner-takes-all match in Dublin. Defender Richard Dunne (left) scored Ireland's second and winning goal, before consoling Armenia's substitute goalkeeper Armenak Petrosyan at the final whistle. Getty Images
Czech Republic are also seeded, after they beat Scotland to the playoff spot in qualification Group I thanks to a 4-1 defeat of Lithuania. Scotland needed to match the Czech's result to keep alive their hopes of reaching next year's tournament in Poland and Ukraine, but Craig Levein's side suffered a 3-1 loss to world and European champions Spain. Getty Images
Croatia were already assured of their place in the playoffs before Tuesday's 2-0 win over Latvia. Slavan Bilic's team, who reached the quarterfinals of 2008, are the fourth and final seeded team in the draw. Getty Images
Turkey were the surprise package of the last European Championship four years ago, reaching the semifinals in Austria and Switzerland. Guus Hiddink's team secured their playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Istanbul. Getty Images
Samir Nasri's late penalty for France in Paris earned Les Blues a 1-1 draw against Bosnia on Tuesday. The goal was enough to earn France top spot in the group and force their opponents into the playoffs. Should Bosnia successfully navigate their two-legged tie, they would reach a major championship for the first time in their history. Getty Images
Montenegro's Andrija Delibasic scored a last-gasp equalizer to earn his side a 2-2 draw at home to England on Friday, securing their place in the playoffs. Should they qualify for Euro 2012, it would be the first time Montenegro have reached a major tournament. Getty Images
Estonia are another team bidding to reach their first major championship. Serbia's 1-0 defeat in Slovenia, coupled with Estonia's 2-1 win in Northern Ireland on Friday, was enough to secure Tarmo Ruutli's side a playoff spot. Getty Images