France, Portugal earn Europe's last automatic Russian Federation tickets

Argentina's hopes are hanging by a thread... but who will book their place at Russia next year

Ticket applications for Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Russia matches have surpassed the 2 million mark during the first phase of sales.

World Cup play-off draw: When, where and who? The top two teams from each group will advance in the tournament. If Peru manages to get the necessary points to clinch a spot in the World Cup, there might need to be another public holiday on Wednesday, as the nation celebrates an achievement 36 years in the making.

Belgium, England, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Serbia and Spain have already secured their places with two group winners still to be decided. While Argentina had Messi, who was able to prevent his side's failure to qualify for the Russia World Cup, there were some shocking revelations made last night which saw some of the biggest footballing nations bowing out of the competition before it actually started. The highest-ranked teams will be placed in Pot 1, the next-highest in Pot 2...

Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia were the first four Asian nations to qualify.

Odell Beckham Jnr injured as Giants suffer another defeat
He missed the first game and the result was a lack of offensive firepower and set the tone ofr a what the season would hold. He rose for the catch then came down awkwardly, his leg appearing to get caught under cornerback Casey Howard.

Mexico and Costa Rica's qualification means only one automatic berth is still open, with the United States in pole position to claim it.

The European playoffs next month will offer eight group runners-up a second chance to make it.

There are still final games to play in African qualifying, with three of the five groups still yet to produce a guaranteed victor. Matches will be held between June 14 - July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russian Federation.

Lionel Messi's sheer brilliance secured Argentina's berth in the FIFA World Cup that will take place next summer in Russian Federation after the Barcelona star scored a stunning hat-trick against Ecuador at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito.

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