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2018 World Cup, Who Can Still Qualify?

2018 World Cup, Who Can Still Qualify?
Essam El Hadary of Egypt celebrates after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match between Congo / News CN
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MOSCOW - Argentina and Panama are among the latest teams to book their places at next summer's World Cup - but who else still has a chance?

We now know 23 of the 32 teams who will play in Russia next summer. Who is in the play-offs? Who can still make it?
     
The tournament will consist of 32 teams, with hosts Russia joined by 31 qualifiers from around the world. The holders no longer qualify automatically, but Germany have progressed as group winners with a 100 percent winning record in Group C.

There are 21 other sides guaranteed to be there: Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, England, Nigeria, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Panama.

Around the world, there are still other teams hoping to make it.

Who are in the European play-offs? Europe's places: 14 including hosts Russia. Already qualified: Russia, Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal, France.



The eight teams who will play each other for places at the World Cup are Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Greece.
 
For South America have four places (plus a play-off place). Already qualified: Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina

A dramatic night of qualifying on Tuesday saw Argentina among the qualifiers in South America. Chile were the side to slide out of contention altogether, meaning that Peru - who drew 1-1 with Colombia - now head into the play-offs. They will face New Zealand over two legs next month for a place in the finals.

In Concacaf, North America, Central America and Caribbean places: 3 (plus a play-off place). Already qualified: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama.

Honduras, whose match in Costa Rica was put back a day because of Hurricane Nate, beat Mexico 3-2 on Tuesday to take advantage of the United States (US) slip up and take the play-off place.

In Asia, already qualified: Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia. Syria's unlikely 2018 World Cup dream is over after Tim Cahill's extra-time header meant Australia progressed 3-2 on aggregate to the final qualifying tie. Australia will now play Honduras from the Concacaf section for a place in the finals.

In Africa, Egypt qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1990. African have five places, already qualified: Nigeria and Egypt.

Nigeria secured a sixth World Cup appearance with a 1-0 win over Zambia, while Liverpool's Mohamed Salah struck an injury-time winner as Egypt defeated Congo to reach the tournament for the first time since 1990, but Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon are out of the running.

There are no play-offs in Africa, with the team that top each of the five qualifying groups going through. Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal are the other current group leaders.
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