As the world approaches the very final matches of the qualifying series, 23 countries are already assured of a place including hosts Russia at next year’s 32-team FIFA World Cup.
In Africa, only two nations have clinched their spots, out of the five berths meant for the continent. The other three spots will be filled in in the next international break in November.
The South American qualifying has been concluded in the early hours of Wednesday. The four top-teams have qualified automatically from the 10-team league, while 5th-placed Peru will determine their qualification in a play-off against New Zealand.
The Europe qualifying matches are concluded, and the 9 automatic slots from the 9 groups have been grabbed by table-toppers. The best eight runners-up in the groups will take part in play-offs, and winners on aggregate will fill in the remaining 4 spots.
The Asian representatives have long emerged. Four teams secured automatic qualification, while Australia are in the playoff.
18. South Korea
19. Saudi Arabia
For the North, Central America and Caribbean, three nations have clinched automatic qualification, while the 4th-placed Honduras will fight for a place through a two-legged play-off with Australia.
21.. Costa Rica
And the hosts of the 2018 edition of the World Cup complete the lot.
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