Top Stars Missing 2018 FIFA World Cup XI

12 October, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Grady King
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage matches in the European area, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and in the area of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) drew to a close on Wednesday, and their results will determine Pot 1 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage draw.

Iran, three-times Asian champions, finished first in their qualifying group for the World Cup.

Russian Federation (as hosts) were the very first team booked in, while five-time winners Brazil joined them as early as March 2017 after an incredibly dominant showing in South American qualifying.

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South America: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia. For Egypt it will be a first World Cup appearance since 1990 and only a third overall.

The story of the night, however, was Panama's historic victory over Costa Rica which sealed their place in a first-ever World Cup at the expense of the United States, who lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago. The top two teams from each group will advance in the tournament. Teams from England, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Germany have already qualified, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland still hoping to earn a place.

There are still final games to play in African qualifying, with three of the five groups still yet to produce a guaranteed victor.

Dienhart: Michigan State is back, following its latest win vs. rival Michigan
One also has to assume that MI will get a big energy boost from the home crowd and will use it to outlast their in-state rival. This is the eighth win for Michigan State out of its last 10 games against Michigan , showing its tendency to upset Michigan .

Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates with his Nigerian team mates after their qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Panama, beaten 4-0 by a Christian Pulisic-inspired U.S. side last time out, now look destined for a play-off match against either Syria or Australia to land a World Cup place for the first time in their history.

Protest Uganda draw - Gyan to GFA
Egypt need only one point from their final two games to reach the finals, and ensure Ghana miss out for the first time since 2002. Despite showing a great performance during the game, Ghana players were not able to score a single goal.

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