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Popovic makes World Cup

November 16 2005

Tony Popovic

Tony Popovic

Tony Popovic will play in next year's World Cup after Australia qualified for the finals in Germany.

The defender helped Australia beat Uruguay 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate scoreline over two legs.

Popovic, who has missed most of this season with a calf injury, played 90 minutes of the first leg and 32 minutes of the second before limping off injured.

Eagles boss Iain Dowie said: "The players and I are delighted for Tony. It is a fantastic achievement.

"To get through against a team like Uruguay is excellent, and playing in the World Cup will be a terrific experience for Tony."

The Socceroos have only once played in a World Cup finals and that was way back in 1974.

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