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New Zealand bagged OFC¿s play-off place and Burnley's Chris Wood has starred for them

France will book their ticket with three points against Belarus, while the Netherlands, finalists in 2010 and semi-finalists four years ago, see their hopes hanging by a thread as they bid to avoid failing to qualify for successive major tournaments for the first time since 1986, having also missed out on Euro 2016.

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: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia.

Nigeria became the first African side to qualify for next summer's finals with a 1-0 win over Zambia on Saturday and Egypt joined them thanks to a 2-1 victory over Congo on Sunday. Russian Federation will automatically be placed in Pot 1 as the host nation. La Albaciete need to beat Ecuador in their final qualification game to finish inside the Top 4 in their group and grab an automatic place at Russian Federation 2018.

There are still final games to play in African qualifying, with three of the five groups still yet to produce a guaranteed victor.


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

New Zealand face a play-off next month against the team finishing fifth in South American qualifying, with the victor of that two-legged tie qualifying for the finals.

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.

Back-to-back Copa America champions Chile were bumped from third to sixth in the South American table after losing their final game and seeing others around them win and draw.

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