Ticket Requests Surpass 2M Mark for World Cup 2018

Ticket Requests Surpass 2M Mark for World Cup 2018

It's the first time the U.S. have failed to qualify for the tournament since 1986.

After a group-stage exit at the Confederations Cup, Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has experimented with his team in three recent friendlies, with mixed results.

South America qualifier: Brazil led by PSG star Neymar emerged as the CONMEBOL winners, Uruguay starring captain Diego Godin and strikers Cavani and Suarez were runners-up.

The nine European group winners are now all confirmed, with France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Iceland all heading to Russian Federation next summer. 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.

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.

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In Africa, there are still three places up for grabs as the third and final round of qualifying enters the last two group games.

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.

The World Cup finals run from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.

Eight teams will be placed in a pot for a total of four, with one team selected from each pot to form a group.

Australia confirmed their place as Asia's fifth best team with a playoff win over Syria this week and must contest their intercontinental tie against Honduras from Central/North America.

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