Sports | October 5, 2001, Friday // 00:00

ABSTRACTED from The Canadian Press

A look at the nine European World Cup groups heading into the final weekend of qualifying matches. Poland, Sweden and Spain have already qualified for next year`s World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan. France, as defending champion, is also guaranteed a place.
Group 3
Saturday: Malta versus Northern Ireland, Czech Republic versus Bulgaria, Denmark versus Iceland.
Denmark (19) can win the group by defeating Iceland. Even a draw for the Danes might be good enough because they have a superior goal difference on their two nearest pursurers - the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, each with 17. Those two face each other Saturday in Prague. The Czechs have the edge. Because of a better goal difference than Bulgaria, they can clinch the No. 2 spot with a win or draw. Bulgaria must win to clinch at least a playoff place.

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