Nervy Argentina seal place at the last

DIEGO MARADONA was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief last night after his Argentina side secured their place at next summer&rsquo;s finals with a nervy 1-0 win in Uruguay.<br /><br />Defeat in their final qualifier could have knocked the two-time champions out altogether, or at least sent them into a play-off. But a scrappy late goal from substitute Mario Bolatti saw Maradona&rsquo;s men qualify in fourth place from the South American group, with 10-man Uruguay in the play-off.<br /><br /><strong>Ukraine</strong> finally put paid to Croatia&rsquo;s slim World Cup hopes with a six-goal show in Andorra. Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko scored as Ukraine clinched a place in Monday&rsquo;s play-off draw as Group Six runners-up to England. Tottenham&rsquo;s Niko Kranjcar headed a late goal to hand Croatia a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan, but Slaven Bilic&rsquo;s men were left to count the cost of their home and away defeats to England.<br /><br /><strong>Switzerland</strong> claimed the solitary point they needed to qualify from Group Two with a 0-0 draw against Israel in Basel. It meant <strong>Greece&rsquo;s</strong> 2-1 victory over Luxembourg was insufficient and they now join Ukraine in the play-off hat.<br /><br />Also safely through to South Africa next year are <strong>Slovakia</strong>, whose 1-0 win in Poland was enough to see off <strong>Slovenia</strong> and take Group Three. Slovenia won 3-0 in San Marino but must settle for a play-off place.<br /><br /><strong>Portugal</strong> held off the challenge of <strong>Sweden </strong>and<strong> Hungary</strong> to take the runners-up spot in Group One. Manchester United&rsquo;s Nani scored in Portugal&rsquo;s 4-0 win over Malta, as Sweden beat Albania 4-1 thanks to two goals from Olof Mellberg. Group winners <strong>Denmark</strong> were surprising beaten 1-0 at home by Hungary.<br /><br />Play-off hopefuls <strong>Republic of Ireland </strong>were held to a 0-0 home draw by Montenegro, while a hat-trick in the final 12 minutes from Alberto Gilardino saved <strong>Italy</strong> from 2-0 down against Cyprus.Eliminated <strong>Northern Ireland </strong>ended their campaign with a creditable 0-0 draw in the <strong>Czech Republic </strong>while<strong> Wales</strong>, who also failed to qualify, finished with a 2-0 victory in Liechtenstein thanks to goals from David Vaughan and Aaron Ramsey.<br /><br /><strong>EURO QUALIFIERS </strong>ROLL OF HONOUR<br /><strong>Who qualified:</strong> Denmark, Switzerland, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, England, Serbia, Italy, Netherlands<br /><strong>Play-Offs: </strong>Portugal, Greece, Slovenia, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, France, Republic of Ireland <br />* Draw to be made on Monday<br /><strong>Who missed out:</strong> Sweden, Israel, Czech Republic, Croatia