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In Group A, Tunisia managed not to lose at home to Libya to secure their World Cup 2018 place despite DR Congo winning 3-1 against Guiinea.
In Group C, Morocco overcame the Ivory Coast 2-0 away. Before the game, Ivory Coast needed only a win but goals from Dirar and Benatia sees the North African country go to Russia in 2018.
Senegal secured their place in Group D with a 2-0 win against South Africa rendering the final match also against South Africa inconsequential. This was the only group where all four teams could qualify going into the last round of matches.
Categories: Senegal | Morocco | Tunisia
Posted at Sun 12th Nov 2017
English players to have vaccinations against rabies
Argentina to play Russia in friendly - The game takes place on November 11th in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
Brazil to play Russia in friendly - March 23rd 2018 for the game, stadium to be confirmed.
Russian stadiums will be ready by December - Including Kaliningrad which is "83% ready". How very specific.
Categories: Argentina | Russia | Brazil | England | |
Posted at Fri 27th Oct 2017
The first half of October saw an additional 15 teams qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The UEFA qualifiers saw Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal, and France win their groups.
Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Greece, and Republic of Ireland all go into a seeded draw to play a two-legged match to determine the remaining four qualifiers from Europe. The first legs will be played 9th-11th November and the second 12th-14th November.
Iceland make their debut at the World Cup as the country with the smallest population in the history of the World Cup at time of qualifying. After an extremely impressive performance in the 2016 European Championships (including a win against England), they will look to better their quarter-final finish come 2018.
Nigeria and Egypt are the first two qualifiers from Confederation of African Football (CAF) winning groups B and E respectively. There are five groups of four teams with one remaining game left to play between 10th-14th November.
In Group A Tunisia are all but guaranteed qualification requiring just a draw against bottom placed Libya to complete it. DR Congo will need to have Tunisia lose and they must win by more than two goals.
In Group C Morocco and Ivory Coast face off with the winner going to the World Cup. Morocco currently top the group and so will proceed in the event of a draw.
Group D is completely up for grabs as they are one game behind the other groups - all four of Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, and South Africa are in contention with Senegal currently leading the way with a game in hand. Should Cape Verde qualify, they will become the second lowest population team in the history of the World Cup to qualify behind the aforementioned Iceland.
Costa Rica and Panama secure their places in the fifth round of qualification, a six team league with three teams progressing. Fourth place Honduras advance to an inter-confederation play-off, facing Australia over two legs between 6th-14th November. A quick Google suggests that flights are around £1,500 for those willing to make the trip. A sloppy 2-1 loss to bottom placed Trinidad & Tobago saw the United States eliminated in front of a 5,350 attendance on the small Caribbean island.
Uruguay, Argentina, and Colombia join runaway qualifying winners Brazil at the 2018 World Cup. A controversial free kick deemed to have gone off the goalkeeper Ospina landed Peru a spot in the other inter-confederation play-off against New Zealand. The free-kick consequently prevented Chile from having any chance at the World Cup.
Australia kept their hopes of qualification alive narrowly beating Syria over two legs after a 109th minute winner from Tim Cahill. They will face Honduras in the play-off.
Back in September, New Zealand stomped their way through the OFC qualifier which lands them a spot against Peru in the inter-confederation play-off. After winning Group A, New Zealand faced Solomon Islands in a two legged play-off which they won comfortably 8-3 on aggregate.
Come November 14th, we will have the full roster of teams attending the World Cup with the draw to be held at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on the 1st December.
Posted at Fri 13th Oct 2017
Russian World Cup venue builds seats outside stadium to meet FIFA capacity standards
Luzhniki - the $450mn stage for a new Russian sporting era
Fire erupts at Russian World Cup stadium - contractor
Putin confident construction of 2018 World Cup venues on track despite delays
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Posted at Fri 13th Oct 2017
With a convincing 3-0 victory over Paraguay on Wednesday, Brazil have been the first team aside from Russia to qualify for the FIFA 2018 World Cup.
Goals from Coutinho, Neymar, and Marcelo secured the trip to Russia next year. They qualify with four games in hand in the competitive CONMEBOL region.
The five time world champions ranked 2nd in the world by FIFA will be looking to forget their defeat on home soil last time in 2014 to Germany in a soul wrenching 7-1 defeat.
Colombia, Uruguay, and Chile are currently positioned for automatic qualification in the region with Argentina facing a potential inter-confederation play-off match is positions remain the same. Both Colombia and Chile must still play Brazil again.
Posted at Sun 2nd Apr 2017