World Cup Host Russia Halted by Team Melli in Friendly

World Cup Host Russia Halted by Team Melli in Friendly

World Cup Host Russia Halted by Team Melli in Friendly

Senegal are two points clear at the top of the final undecided African group, D. They have a game in hand after an earlier defeat was annulled after the referee was later banned from football.

The finale of this round of qualification also saw the play-off places finalised, which will decide the remaining four spots from the continent, joining Russian Federation and the nine group winners in representing the region. Croatia, Denmark, Italy, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are already assured of a place in the play-offs.

Centre back Virgil van Dijk will miss the World Cup following the Netherlands' disappointing qualifying campaign, as will Chile's Gary Medel, who was selected as the second central defender.

The remaining three qualifiers will not be determined until next month. The team did so with an unbeaten record during the qualifying games, a trend Team Melli has been keeping in friendlies as well. 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.

Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have already qualified from Asia.

The victor will take on the team which finishes fourth in the CONCACAF section over two legs for a place in Russian Federation. The ticket application window, which has been open since September 14, closes noon Moscow time on October 12. If they can achieve a better result against Costa Rica than fifth-placed Honduras manage against Mexico, they will definitely hold onto fourth place at the very least. 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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