Breaking Down Europe's 2014 World Cup Qualifying Standings After Friday's Action

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Breaking Down Europe's 2014 World Cup Qualifying Standings After Friday's Action
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Friday's World Cup qualifying action saw a spat of important and enthralling European matches.

As a result, the standings in UEFA's nine groups saw a few shake-ups that could influence the participants in next summer's tournament.

In an attempt to understand the meaning of Friday's results, let's analyze the latest standings in each of the groups and how each team stands in them.

As a quick reminder, the top team in each group automatically advances to the World Cup in Brazil, while the top eight second-place teams enter into a two-legged tie to determine the final four entrants.

Without further ado, here is a breakdown of Europe's 2014 World Cup qualifying standings after Friday's qualifiers.

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