Bosnia make history, join Russia in World Cup finals

AFP| Updated: Oct 16, 2013, 10:41 AM IST

Paris: Bosnia-Herzegovina reached their first ever major finals on Tuesday as a 1-0 win over Lithuania saw them confirm their place at next year`s World Cup.

They will be joined by Russia, who had not reached a World Cup finals since 2002, who sealed their place at Brazil 2014 with a 1-1 away draw in Azerbaijan.

Bosnia -- who had lost twice to Portugal in play-offs for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 -- progress at the expense of Greece, who go into the play-offs, while Portugal finish runners-up to Russia and will also contest a winner takes all play-off.

The final two automatic European places will be decided later on Tuesday with four teams in the running, holders Spain, France, England and Ukraine.