The finish line is within sight after more than two years of World Cup qualifiers.
Tuesday marked one of the most crucial matchdays, with South and North American hopefuls qualifying for the World Cup in dramatic fashion. But it was the elimination of World Cup regulars Chile and the United States that will steal the headlines Wednesday.
The day also featured the conclusion of the UEFA group stage, which saw European champions Portugal book an automatic place in the World Cup, while nations such as Switzerland, Greece, and Sweden became the latest to qualify for next moth’s two-legged play-offs.
With all that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the countries – except hosts Russia – who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup:
UEFA (13 places)
Who’s in: Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Serbia
Who still has a chance: Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden
Notable absentees: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Wales, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovakia, Ukraine, Turkey
CONMEBOL (4.5 places)
Who’s in: Brazil, …read more