ALBACETE, Spain - Defending champion Spain secured its place at the 2014 World Cup by beating Georgia 2-0 to automatically advance as winner of Group I in European qualifying, pushing France into the playoffs.
Spain's victory rendered France's 3-0 win against Finland meaningless as Spain needed just one point to secure passage to Brazil.
Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema scored either side of Joona Toivio's own-goal as France advanced to the playoff among the eight best second-place finishers.
Andres Iniesta marked the match played near his hometown by feeding Alvaro Negredo for Spain's first-half opener, and substitute Juan Mata doubled Spain's advantage after the break.
Spain is looking for an unprecedented fourth straight major title by adding a second World Cup crown to its two European championships.