ENGLAND V BRAZIL

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England goalkeeper Joe Hart stops Brazil's Gabriel Jesus

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ENGLAND V BRAZIL

World Cup: England v Brazil

Gareth Southgate's side were solid in the opening 45 minutes as England faced their second big test on the Road to Russia hosting mighty Brazil in a World Cup warm-up at Wembley with their fans strongly supporting their team. South American's dangerous triple-pronged attack trio of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, PSG's Neymar and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus were held from scoring goals. England captain Dani Alves warned in the build-up to the game that Man City's twenty-year-old Jesus was the 'new Ronaldo'. Although Jesus has been outstanding in the England Premier League, he was kept quiet in the opening period against England.England vs Brazil - International Friendly

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was forced off with an injury early on. Eric Dier had a calming influence on Jake Livermore and Joe Gomez was steady as well. After a hard-fought battle, England was able to keep Brazil from scoring in the first half. The score at half-time was England 0-0 Brazil.

In the second half, the Three Lions defended well against the dynamic skills of Brazil and kept another clean sheet with Joe Hart getting the credit after England held Germany 0-0 last Friday. Southgate was pleased with how his team fared, considering that Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Raheem Sterling were out in the match that resulted in a 0-0 goalless draw.

England Training and Press Conference

Three Lions Eric Dier with England manager, Gareth Southgate

England manager, Gareth Southgate was interviewed before the start of his side's friendly match against Brazil and asked to comment on the fitness of Brazil. 

“They’re the best team in the World Cup,” replied Southgate. “They annihilated everyone in South America. But it’s always our intention to test ourselves against the very best and let’s see what’s possible. We’ve got to dream of what’s possible, not be a team that worries about what they’ve got to lose. To have success next summer, we’ve got to beat these probably. It’s a good opportunity to test ourselves and see where we are.”

England vs Brazil - International Friendly

Squads

England stayed with the same three at the back, but they make five changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Germany. Joe Hart, Joe Gomez, Kyle Walker, Ryan Bertrand and Marcus Rashford started, Jordan Pickford, Phil Jones, Kieran Trippier, Ryan Bertrand and Tammy Abraham are out. Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook are on the bench, but may make their debuts.

England 

Hart; Gomez, Stones, Maguire; Walker, Dier, Livermore, Bertrand; Loftus-Cheek; Vardy, Rashford.

Brazil

Allison; Alves, Marquinhos, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto; Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar.

Russia vs Argentina - International Friendly

Argentina and Manchester City superstar striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero

Nigeria 4-2 Argentina

Argentina and Manchester City superstar striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero was taken to a hospital after he fainted during half-time of Argentina’s 4-2 friendly defeat to Nigeria. The Argentine FA said reported that the Man City forward “had a blackout and was taken to hospital for routine examinations were made only as a precaution”. The incident occurred after Agüero had scored in the first half. In the match, Argentina without Lionel Messi wasted a two-goal lead and slipped to a shocking 4-2 defeat. Ever Banega and Agüero gave Argentina the lead, with Agüero’s Manc City team-mate Kelechi Iheanacho scoring for Nigeria just before half-time with a free-kick. Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored twice and Brian Idowu also found the net for Nigeria in the second half.

Argentina defender Javier Mascherano said, “Playing against a team of such physical strength you pay the price. They walked all over us and when we tried to get back on the match we couldn’t.”

Argentina secured its spot at the World Cup in the last round of South American qualifiers but has not fared as well as expected without superstar Lionel Messi.

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International Friendlies Results

South Korea 1-1 Serbia

China 0-4 Columbia

Argentina 2-4 Nigeria

Qatar 1-1 Iceland

Slovakia 1-0 Norway

Russia 3-3 Spain

Romania 0-0 Holland

Hungary 1-0 Costa Rica

Austria 2-1 Uruguay

Belgium 1-0 Japan

Germany 1-2 France

Wales 1-0 Panama

England 0-0 Brazil

Portugal 1-1 USA

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England vs Brazil - International Friendly

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Up to date stats for World Cup 2018

European champions Portugal celebrated their 2-0 viictory of Switzerland in Lisbon that saw the Portuguese titan club qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer. The World Cup qualifying stages are drawing to a close, and to date it is already determined that twenty-three teams will definitely feature in the upcoming December 2017 draw for World Cup Russia 2018, some teams could still make it, and other teams will definitely miss out.

Of the 23 clubs of the 32 teams that will contest next summer's World Cup final have already secured their qualification spots are Russia, Brazil, Itan, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, England, Poland, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, Spain, France, Portugal, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia. Buy Russia World Cup Tickets for England, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France and more now!

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Costa Rica reached their 4th World Cup finals with a game remaining from their CONCACAF qualification group. Nigeria is the first team from Africa to reach Russia. Nigeria have missed only one tournament, Germany 2006, since qualifying in 1994 for the first time. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah scored twice to send the North Africans to their first World Cup Finals since 1990. Iceland qualified for their 1st World Cup, giving Croatia a guaranteed place in Russia. Serbia qualify as winners of Group B. World Cup winners in 2008, Spain qualified as Group G winners finishing five points ahead of Italy. France qualified as winners of Group A. Portugal defeated Switzerland in their final qualification game to go through to next summer's finals. Panama reached their first World Cup ever after defeating Costa Rica in the final group game of their qualification campaign. Argentina superstar Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his side's final qualification game to secure their spot in the World Cup Russia finals. Urugua finished second to Brazil in their group to secure a spot in the finals. Colombia took the fourth and final automatic qualification spot in the South American group.

Hosts Russia qualified when they won the chance to host the competition back in Dec 2010. Brazil, CONMEBOL round robin winners, qualified in March 28, 2017. Iran, quaqlified as AFC third round group A winners. Japan qualified as AFC third round group B winners. South Korea qualified as runners-up to Iran in Group A. Saudi Arabia qualified as runners-up in Group B. Mexico qualified as North and central America and Caribbean round 5 winners. Belgium qualified as Uefa group H winners.. Germany secured their place as Group C winners after beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast. Gareth Southgate's England side beat Slovenia at Wembley Stadium in London to secure their spot in Russia as winners of Group F. Poland became the fourth European team to qualify.

Teams that could still qualify

Europe 

The top team in each of the nine groups below qualifies to go to Russia, with the eight best runners-up going into four play-offs. The four winners of the two-legged play-offs will qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals games in Russia, making a total of 13 teams.

Group A

Qualified: France
Play-off spot: Sweden
Eliminated: Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg

France secured their ticket toe the World Cup finals after Didier Deschamps's side beat Belarus in the final game of their qualification campaign in Paris, while Sweden took the play-off spot.

Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg all failed to qualify.

Group B

Qualified:Portugal
Play-off spot: Switzerland
Eliminated: Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia

European champions Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon to progress to the World Cup finals as winners of Group B, while the Swiss must go into the play-offs after finishing second on the same points as Fernando Santos's side.

Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia failed to qualify. 

Group C

Qualified:Germany
Play-off spot: Northern Ireland
Eliminated: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway and San Marino

Holders Germany qualified with 30 points having won all 10 of their games in Group C while Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland side claimed a play-off place leaving them just 180 minutes away from their first World Cup finals for 32 years.

Neither Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway or San Marino will be in Russia for the World Cup.

Group D

Qualified: Serbia
Play-off spot: Ireland
Eliminated: Austria, Georgia, Moldova and Wales

Serbia finished top of their group with 19 points, leapfrogging Wales at the last. Chris Coleman's 'golden generation' failed to reach a play-off place after losing to Ireland at home in their final match of the qualifying campaign. James McClean's strike was enough to send Martin O'Neill's team through to the play-offs.

Austria, Georgia and Moldova all also missed out on qualifying for the finals.

Group E

Qualified:Poland
Play-off spot: Denmark
Eliminated: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Romania

Poland qualified with 25 points having dropped points in just two games while Denmark managed to take the play-off spot ahead of Montenegro who joined Armenia, Kazakhstan and Romania in being eliminated.

Group F

Qualified:England
Eliminated: Lithuania, Malta, Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia

England qualified for Russia following an unbeaten – though largely uninspiring – qualifying campaign in which they won eight games and drew twice.

Group G

Qualified: Spain
Play-off spot: Italy
Eliminated: Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia

Spain, the 2010 winners, qualified with a game remaining while Italy claimed a play-off spot. Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia all failed to qualify.

Group H

Qualified: Belgium
Play-off spot: Greece
Eliminated: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar

Belgium were the first European team to qualify with 22 points from eight games while 2004 European champions Greece guaranteed a play-off spot after beating Gibraltar 4-0 in their final game of their qualification campaign.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar all failed to qualify.

Group I

Qualified:Iceland
Play-off spot: Croatia
Eliminated: Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine

Iceland got the job done and qualified for their first ever World Cup by beating Kosovo – who have earned just one point – 2-0 in their final match of the group. Croatia claimed a play-off spot. Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine did not.

Play-off spots

"The eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs to decide the remaining four European berths," according to FIFA. There are nine teams vying for eight play-off spots, with records determined by removing results against the teams that finished bottom of each group. A draw takes place in Oct to determine opponents.  The two-legged ties take place in early Nov. The winners of the four ties go to Russia next summer. 

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Andorra v Portugal - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal past Andorra goalie Josep Gomes during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at the Estadi Nacional on October 7, 2017

Andorra v Portugal - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring the opening goal past Andorra goalie Josep Gomes during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at the Estadi Nacional on October 7, 2017

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