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Battle for world cup ticket: who is sure of Russia, and who can still dream?

Thirteen countries are now sure of a place on the football world Cup of 2018 in Russia. Who can still dream? Overview.

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Asia (AFC, Australia)

South Korea and Saudi Arabia have Tuesday as the seventh and eighth country qualified for the world cup next year in Russia. In the third and final round of the Asian zone runner-up both countries as second in their group, after, respectively, Iran and Japan, who already had a ticket. Thus, in Asia, nearly all cards are shuffled.

The two numbers three of both groups, the surprising Syria and Australia, are still in a barrageduel (around november 6th, return november 14,) from whom to the intercontinental play-off should. Therein waits the number four from the CONCACAF zone.

Central – and Central America (CONCACAF)

Who that is, it is not sure yet. In the Central and Central American qualifying round are Mexico (as one of the first countries in the world) and Costa Rica already assured of world cup participation. For the other direct ticket to the United States about the best paper: with one more duel to go and counts two points ahead of Honduras and Panama.

On the last day (Tuesday 10 October) attracts Team USA to red lantern Trinidad and Tobago while Panama and Costa Rica receive and Honduras to Mexico.

South America (CONMEBOL)

Slightly lower on the world map, and battle – mathematically seen – six South American countries for three direct tickets and one play-offplaats. Brazil has been for quite some time sure of his place on the plane to Russia, but behind them are Uruguay (28 points), Chile (26) Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25) and Paraguay (24) – with just one day ahead of us – engaged in a wildly exciting fight.

For Uruguay, which on Tuesday 10 October Bolivia will receive, it hard to go wrong, since Peru and Colombia are facing each other. Directly duel is also an advantage for Argentina, which subsided to the sixth place and so no other option than winning in Ecuador. Paraguay receives it all off Venezuela, Chile finally draws to Brazil.

If there is a tie counts first, goal difference. That is currently in favor of Colombia and Chile (+2), Argentina and Peru at +1, Paraguay at -5.

Oceania (OFC)

Also who is in the fifth place, stranded in the South American zone, need not despair. That country must be an intercontinental play-off finish against the on paper weaker New Zealand. The ‘All Whites’ were in the final of the Oceanic preliminaries about two duels far too strong for the solomon Islands (8-3). New Zealand was already two times of the party at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, in 1982 and 2010.

Europe (UEFA)

In Europe, meanwhile, five of the thirteen winners announced: after the first qualified Belgium since last weekend, also Germany, Poland, England and Spain sure of world cup participation. The group winners of the four other groups are allowed into Russia, the eight best runner-ups play barrageduels.

France, in head in group A with a thuisduel against belarus for the bow (Tuesday), and Iceland, that tonight in group I still Kosovo will receive the best. In the group of France is the second place presumably to Sweden, unless those with at least seven goals difference loss in the Netherlands. In the group of Iceland following Kroatïe and Ukraine, tonight to face each other in Kiev, both on two points of the leader.

The by far most exciting group is D, where both Serbia (18 points), Wales (17) and Ireland (16) still have a chance to group profit. Wales and Ireland are tonight facing each other, while Serbia already disabled Georgia will receive. In group B starts in Switzerland, in Portugal, to his last groepsmatch with a bonus of three points on the Portuguese, but a worse goal difference.

Are already sure of second place in their group: Northern Ireland, Denmark, Slovakia and Italy. Among the most notable already disabled countries are the Czech republic, Romania, Austria and Turkey.

The heenwedstrijden of the barrages will be played between 9 and 11 november, the terugmatchen between 12 and 14 november.

Africa (CAF)

On the African continent still have three of the five tickets to be distributed – Egypt and Nigeria insured during the past weekend, a ticket for Russia. In the third and final round fight twenty countries in five groups of four for their town in Russia. No barrageduels or play-offs: the group win, in.

With still one day to go Tunisia has the best paper, the counts in group A, three points ahead of Congo-Kinshasa, and play on the last day (6 november) at home against Libya.

In group D Senegal in the lead, with a match less than pursuers, Burkina Faso and cape Verde, who on the 6th of november to play against each other. On 10 and 14 november South Africa – Senegal, Senegal – South Africa on the program.

Also the côte d’ivoire national coach Marc Wilmots has in group C his fate is still in their own hands, but the Elephants must be on 6 november, or go win on the field of leader Morocco.

Hugo Broos and Cameroon, the winner of the last Africa Cup, are disabled.

In the middle of november

At the latest mid-november, all 31 countries that host country Russia joining the world Cup are known. The draw for the group stage of the finals on 1 december. Know the Red Devils their first three opponents.

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