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With next summer's tournament one step closer after Friday's round of qualifiers across the globe, four more nations have secured a ticket to the showpiece in Brazil

With World Cup 2014 one step closer after Friday's round of qualifiers across the globe, four more nations have secured qualification to next year's showpiece in Brazil.

The hosts had already been joined by Asian representatives Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea at an earlier stage, as well as Netherlands, Italy (both Uefa), Argentina (Conmebol), Costa Rica and USA (both Concacaf) and more teams from Europe and South America have now wrapped up qualification, too.

Belgium booked their place in next summer's World Cup finals after recording a good 2-1 away win over Croatia, with Romelu Lukaku netting twice to seal the deal for the Rode Duivels.

Additionally, Germany ensured qualification following a 3-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Cologne. Sami Khedira, Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil all found the net for Joachim Low's men.

Elsewhere, Switzerland became the fifth European team to qualify for next year's tournament courtesy of a narrow 2-1 away win over Albania as Xherdan Shaqiri and Michael Lang hammered home crucial goals.

Finally, Colombia joined hosts Brazil and Argentina as the third South-American representative after an impressive comeback versus Chile. Jose Pekerman's team were trailing by three goals at half-time, but fought back after the break as Teofilo Gutierrez and a Radamel Falcao double salvaged a 3-3 draw.

NATIONS ALREADY QUALIFIED FOR WORLD CUP 2014
TEAM CONFEDERATION LAST APPEARANCE BEST PERFORMANCE
Brazil Conmebol 2010 Winners
Argentina Conmebol 2010 Winners
Colombia Conmebol 1998 Round of 16
Netherlands Uefa 2010 Runners-up
Italy Uefa 2010 Winners
Belgium Uefa 2002 Fourth place
Germany Uefa 2010 Winners
Switzerland Uefa 2010 Quarter-finals
Japan AFC 2010 Round of 16
Australia AFC 2010 Round of 16
Iran AFC 2006 Group stage
South Korea AFC 2010 Fourth place
Costa Rica Concacaf 2006 Round of 16
USA Concacaf 2010 Third place

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