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In the final matches next week, Mexico is at Costa Rica, Honduras at Mexico and Panama hosts the U.S.



Ten countries are still in with a chance going into the five two-legged playoffs that begin on Saturday.

Egypt, under former U.S. coach Bob Bradley, has emerged as a strong contender for securing its second World Cup berth but must get past Ghana. Egypt was the only one of 40 teams to come through the main group stage with six wins from six.

Two other surprise teams have made it to the playoffs: Ethiopia and African Cup finalist Burkina Faso, who are both seeking a first World Cup appearance. Ethiopia was drawn against African champion Nigeria and its array of Europe-based stars. Burkina Faso may have a better chance of qualifying, facing Algeria.

Ivory Coast, the continent’s top-ranked team, will play West African rival Senegal a year after their African Cup qualifier in Dakar descended into a riot that forced the game to end early. Cameroon takes on Tunisia in the other playoff.



Jordan beat Uzbekistan 9-8 in a penalty shootout last month to secure an intercontinental playoff against the fifth-place finishers in South American qualifying. Iran and Japan advanced as winners of the two Asian qualifying groups, with South Korea and Australia joining them after finishing in second place.



New Zealand topped the four-team Oceania zone and will take on the fourth-place team from CONCACAF in a playoff to determine who goes through to the World Cup.