Gordon Brunt

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The end line is close by after greater than two years of World Cup qualifiers.

Tuesday marked probably the most essential matchdays, with South and North American hopefuls qualifying for the World Cup in dramatic style. However it was the elimination of World Cup regulars Chile and the United States that may steal the headlines Wednesday.

The day additionally featured the conclusion of the UEFA group stage, which noticed European champions Portugal e-book an automated place within the World Cup, whereas nations similar to Switzerland, Greece, and Sweden turned the newest to qualify for subsequent moth’s two-legged play-offs.

Australia edged previous Syria to progress to the intercontinental World Cup qualifying play-off subsequent month when the Socceroos conflict with Honduras.

With all that in thoughts, this is a breakdown of the nations – besides hosts Russia – who’ve certified for the 2018 World Cup:

UEFA (thirteen locations)

Who’s in: Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Serbia

Who nonetheless has an opportunity: Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Eire, Republic of Eire, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden

Notable absentees: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Wales, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovakia, Ukraine, Turkey

CONMEBOL (four.5 locations)

Who’s in: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia

Who nonetheless has an opportunity: Peru

Notable absentees: Chile, Paraguay

CONCACAF (three.5 locations)

Who’s in: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama

Who nonetheless has an opportunity: Honduras

Notable absentees: United States

CAF (5 locations)

Who’s in: Egypt, Nigeria,

Who nonetheless has an opportunity: Tunisia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, South Africa

Notable absentees: Cameroon, Ghana

AFC (four.5 locations)

Who’s in: Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea

Who nonetheless has an opportunity: Australia

OCEANIA (zero.5 locations)

Who’s in: None

Who nonetheless has an opportunity: New Zealand