World Cup Host Russia Halted by Team Melli in Friendly

World Cup Host Russia Halted by Team Melli in Friendly

Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal and France took the remaining automatic places on offer to European nations after each topping their respective group.

Gernot Rohr's Nigeria have booked their berth at next year's showpiece tournament, a 1-0 victory over Zambia on Saturday seeing them take an unassailable lead in their qualifying group. Croatia, Denmark, Italy, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are already assured of a place in the play-offs.

Uruguay and Colombia also booked their passage through to Russian Federation but Chile's defeat to Brazil meant they missed out on qualification for their third consecutive World Cup.

Didier Deschamps' side avoided any final day slip-ups as they saw off Belarus 2-1, courtesy of first-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud.

Two-legged intercontinental playoffs next month between countries from four different confederations will determine the identity of two further qualifiers. The team did so with an unbeaten record during the qualifying games, a trend Team Melli has been keeping in friendlies as well.

Asia: Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea.

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Australia and Syria - the third-placed finishers in the two Asian final-round qualifying groups - play the second leg of their play-off on Tuesday with the score 1-1 after the first leg.

The victor of that match will face the CONCACAF federation's fourth-placed team for a spot in Russia. The ticket application window, which has been open since September 14, closes noon Moscow time on October 12.

Panama now occupy fourth, which carries with it a play-off against Australia or Syria.

Peru go into a play-off clash with Oceania winners New Zealand, but Chile were knocked out and will not feature in the tournament.

There are 22 answers, including some teams that only qualified once.

Four teams with highest Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking will be seeded for the draw. Argentina know that three points away to Ecuador would get them at least a play-off place but winning at high altitude will be no easy achievement.

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