ZURICH (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will find out Monday who they must beat in a playoff to reach the World Cup in Brazil.
France and Franck Ribery would be the toughest possible test for the Portuguese as the in-form and highest-ranked of four unseeded nations in the draw at FIFA.
Portugal, No. 14 in FIFA's monthly world standings, is seeded with Greece (No. 15), Croatia (No. 18) and Ukraine (No. 20), which barely edged ahead of the French after the qualifying groups finished last week.
France (No. 21) is unseeded with Sweden (No. 25), Romania (No. 29) and Iceland (No. 46).
Iceland, which has a population of around 315,000, aims to become the smallest country ever to play at the World Cup. That record is held by 2006 qualifier Trinidad and Tobago.
Two-legged playoffs are scheduled for Nov. 15 and 19.
The four winners will complete Europe's 13-strong entry in the 32-team World Cup draw on Dec. 6 in Salvador, Brazil.
Portugal is in the playoffs for the second straight time after Russia won its qualifying group.
France, which was runner-up at the 2006 World Cup after beating Portugal in the semifinals, also has a repeat playoffs date after being drawn in a qualifying group with Spain.