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Moving past friendlies in UEFA and CONCACAF

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By J Hutcherson (Nov 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Peru finally gave the World Cup playoffs what it needed, a game worth watching. With all due respect to Australia's win over Honduras much earlier in the day on Wednesday, that game quickly became an obvious conclusion.

Does Mexico have a momentum problem?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - With World Cup qualifying now complete for Mexico, the attention will soon focus on the future. The World Cup draw, tune-ups against European foes before and after FIFA draws teams into groups. The endless debate on what the 23-man roster for Russia should look like.

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All look at the final field for the 2018 World Cup

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World Cup Qualifying officially ended Wednesday night when Peru knocked off New Zealand, 2-0, to seal the final open place in Russia.

All 32 qualified teams have been broken up into four pots for the group stage draw, which takes place at The Kremlin on Dec. 1. The first pot features Russia, as the host nation, and the top seven teams in the tournament based on their FIFA ranking.

Italy draw Sweden, miss first World Cup since 1958

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The 2018 World Cup will be missing another global giant.

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a scoreless draw against Sweden at the San Siro in Milan concluded a 1-0 aggregate loss in the UEFA qualification playoffs.

The Azzurri had their chances to draw level in this match.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Who's in after this international window

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The field for the 2018 World Cup is almost complete. We know 23 of the 32 teams that will be competing in Russia next summer, but there are still nine spots left to be filled.

Here's the rundown of how each confederation stands after this latest round of qualifiers:

CONCACAF

Qualified: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama

Playoffs: Honduras will play a home and home series with Australia.

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Peru downs New Zealand, clinches final World Cup spot

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After being held to a scoreless draw in their first leg playoff in New Zealand, Peru knew a much better performance was needed at home to clinch a World Cup berth.

A 2-0 victory in Lima by the hosts on Wednesday evening proved just that as Peru qualified as the final team for next summer's tournament.

Eriksen propels Denmark past Ireland, into 2018 World Cup

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After being frustrated in a first-leg scoreless draw against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, Denmark knew a better performance was needed to claim a World Cup berth.

Christian Eriksen led the way with a hat-trick on Tuesday as the Danes steamrolled Ireland, 5-1 at Aviva Stadium to book a spot in the 2018 tournament.

World Cup Qualifying Preview: Italy travels to Sweden, Australia hosts Honduras, and more

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28 teams have already booked their place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with four other spots remaining. Eight teams will look to claim those spots this week with a quartet of qualifying playoffs taking place.

After a 1-0 shocking win in Stockholm last week, Sweden will look to stamp their first World Cup appearance since 2006 with a strong result in Milan against Italy on Monday.

Tuesday WCQ Rewind: Portugal tops Switerland, Netherlands edge Sweden, and more

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TheUEFA World Cup Qualifying group-stage concluded on Tuesday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. France and Portugal clinched their places in next year's World Cup after home victories. The highlighted showdown on Tuesday came from Group B, as Portugal faced Switzerland in a winner take all match.

Tuesday WCQ Rewind: Portugal tops Switzerland, Netherlands edge Sweden, and more

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The UEFA World Cup Qualifying group-stage concluded on Tuesday with nine matches taking place all across Europe. France and Portugal clinched their places in next year's World Cup after home victories. The highlighted showdown on Tuesday came from Group B, as Portugal faced Switzerland in a winner take all match.

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The USMNT plays a unique friendly

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The last time the USMNT played a game under circumstances similar to those of their 1-1 draw with Portugal in Leiria, no single player on the gameday roster was alive. The last time the USMNT played a game like this, the man who coached the team on Tuesday was a 32-year old assistant coach under Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia.

World Cup qualifying play-offs: Eight European teams desperate for a place in Russia

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International football is back in focus over the next fortnight, with an array of friendlies to be played across the globe.

However, competitive action is also on the menu, as World Cup qualifying playoffs will take place to determine which teams will complete the line-up in Russia next summer.

World Cup qualifying play-offs: Eight European teams desperate for a place in Russia

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International football is back in focus over the next fortnight, with an array of friendlies to be played across the globe.

However, competitive action is also on the menu, as World Cup qualifying playoffs will take place to determine which teams will complete the line-up in Russia next summer.

World Cup Play-Off Draw: Republic Of Ireland To Face Off Against Denmark, Northern Ireland To Play Switzerland

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The draw for the 2018 World Cup play-offs has just been completed in Zurich, with Fernando Hierro doing the honours and granting the Republic of Ireland a two-legger against Denmark.

A single goal from James McClean saw Ireland narrowly pipped Wales in their final qualifier to pinch the play-off spot in Group D, ensuring their quest to make it to Russia will roll on, starting with a trip to Copenhagen in early November.

If There's A Will, There's A Weah

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I'm still working on my World Cup qualifying post-mortem. To be honest, I spent most of last week in a serious funk and the weekend was busy. I should have it up by tomorrow, but for now let's all take heart in the US Under-17's own World Cup run, which is now to the quarters thanks to a surprising 5-0 rout of previously hot Paraguay paced by a Timothy Weah hat trick.

Official: Gordon Strachan Leaves Role As Scotland Manager After Missing Out On Two Major Tournaments In Succession

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Not that there was ever much doubt, but Gordon Strachan has today left his post as Scotland manager with immediate effect after failing to qualify for his second major tournament in succession.

A 2-2 draw in their final qualifier against Slovenia last week was enough to see the Scots fall short of reaching Russia 2018 on goal difference, with Strachan left to rue his side's genetic deficiencies in the aftermath.

Colombia: Radamel Falcao Might Be In Trouble With FIFA For Allegedly ‘Discussing Beneficial Scorelines’ With Peru Players In Last Few Minutes Of World Cup Qualifier (Video)

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Colombia captain Radamel Falcao has admitted that he discussed scoreline permutations with opposing Peru players during the latter stages of Monday night's World Cup qualifier between the two sides.

With the score stood at 1-1 and roughly five minutes left to play, Falcao was seen nattering away with several Peruvian players individually.

‘One For The Legend Books!’ – Alvin Jones Scores Superb 30-Yard Humper As Trinidad & Tobago Quash USA World Cup Aspirations (Photos & Video)

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The USA's farcical quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup ended with a stout fart on Tuesday evening, terminating with a 2-1 defeat against Trinidad & Tobago.

Bruce Arena's side went a goal behind early on when US defender Omar Gonzalez awkwardly shanked a cross into his own goal.

Fire Fight: Bosnia & Herzegovina Fans Respond To World Cup Elimination By Setting Estonia’s Pitch Ablaze (Video)

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Heading into the final round of fixtures, Bosnia and Hezegovina retained a fairly slim chance of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Basically, they needed to beat Estonia themselves and then hope that, by some miracle, teenie-weenie Gibraltar could muster a victory over Greece despite having failed to amass a single point in Group H by that juncture.

Row Zed: Heroic Panama Ball-Boy Does What Needs To Be Done To Ensure His Country Qualify For First Ever World Cup (Video)

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Since it began in 1930, every World Cup has featured at least one team appearing for the first time.

Along with fellow debutantes Iceland, Panama have kept that streak alive going into 2018 by qualifying for their first ever World Cup with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

From The Brink: Peerless Lionel Messi Hat-Trick Drags Argentina To World Cup As Chile Miss Out On Goal Difference (Photos & Video)

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Timed for maximum dramatic impact, Lionel Messi produced an inspirational performance in Argentina's final World Cup qualifier to drag his nation from the brink of elimination and into the 2018 finals in Russia.

The Albiceleste began the day in sixth place, but a 3-1, last-gasp, Messi-powered victory over Ecuador saw them hurtle up into third, hence securing themselves an automatic qualification spot at the death.

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The USMNT’s draw

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The USMNT didn't lose in Portugal on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 in a game that asked plenty of questions from a transitional roster. For the most part, interim coach Dave Sarachan and the players had answers. CJ Sapong showed he could convert a strong MLS season into quality play at international level.

Italy’s issue

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Italy plays Sweden in Milan later today trailing 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying playoff. Italy is the latest team facing an uphill scenario for this summer's tournament. For some, think Argentina, it worked out. For others, think the USMNT, it didn't. For fans of the tournament, and there are plenty all over the world, Italy belongs in every World Cup.

The day after the Hexagonal

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the responses to the USMNT missing out on the 2018 World Cup. The USMNT lost their final game in the Hexagonal 2-1 at Trinidad & Tobago, giving Panama and Honduras the gap in the table that both needed to advance. Panama advanced directly with Honduras now playing Australia over two legs to see if a fourth CONCACAF team can qualify for Russia 2018.

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Switzerland, Croatia become latest teams to earn World Cup berths

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Two more teams locked up their spot in the World Cup on Sunday as the field nears completion.

Switzerland and Greece booked their World Cup spots as part of UEFA's qualifying playoff. Now, just four spots remain with those tickets set to be booked within the coming days.

The Swiss locked up their World Cup spot with a goalless draw against Northern Ireland, following up a 1-0 win in the first leg of their qualifying playoff.

UEFA WCQ Playoff First Leg Rewind: Sweden downs Italy, Croatia defeats Greece, and more

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The first legs of UEFA's World Cup Qualifying playoff round concluded on Saturday with several countries earning an advantage in the two-legged matchup. Sweden took a huge first step towards qualification after a 1-0 home win over Italy on Friday. Jakob Johansson's right-footed effort in the 61st-minute proved to the be the winning goal.

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Footy On The Telly Nov. 10-17

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Special Road Trip Note For Advance Planners - US Open Cup, Round 3: 11/18 @8:00pm Lansdowne Bhoys FC (NY) vs Junior Lone Star U23s (PA) Tibbetts Brooke Park; Yonkers, N.Y. 11/19 @1:00om Christos FC (MD) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (PA) Anne Arundel Community College; Arnold, Md. And now, back to our regularly scheduled Footy, coming to you at a couch near you:

Quakes locker room encapsulates the aftermath of CONCACAF's craziest night

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SAN JOSE, Calif. On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes traveled to Vancouver as one. On the same bus, on the same plane and with the same intention: winning against the Whitecaps on Sunday to remain in contention for a first playoff appearance in five years.

But just 48 hours earlier, on Wednesday, Chris Wondolowski and Anibal Godoy, separately, traveled back to San Jose from the depths of North America.

Landon Donovan: USMNT 'got what we deserved'

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U.S. Men's National Team legend Landon Donovan is the latest to sound off on the team's failure to qualify for the World Cup next summer.

"You can lose games, that's all part of it. But the lack of urgency to really understand what was at stake was really disheartening. Candidly, it was really hard to watch," Donovan told the Dan Patrick Show.

T&T's Leston Paul: U.S. 'learned their lesson' on Tuesday night

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Much ado was made about the pitch conditions heading into Tuesday night's World Cup Qualifying finale that ended in the U.S. Men's National Team missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Torrential rain flooded the pitch at Ato Boldon Stadium, causing a social media uproar as videos of American players being ferried across the moat surrounding the playing surface made their way around the internet.

WCQ: Trinidad & Tobago 2 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT lost 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, finishing in 5th-place and missing the 2018 World Cup. Trinidad & Tobago took the early lead from a 17th-minute own-goal at Ato Boldon Stadium. They doubled it when Alvin Jones scored in the 37th minute. Christian Pulisic pulled a goal back in the 47th minute.

USMNT sees World Cup dream end with loss to T&T

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The U.S. Men's National Team's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup quickly turned into a nightmare on Tuesday night.

Two first half goals from Soca Warriors stunned the U.S., who fell 2-1 in T&T on Tuesday night. The loss eliminated the U.S. from World Cup qualifying due to wins from Panama and Honduras.

Christian Pulisic prepared for physical play

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Christian Pulisic is no stranger to the physical abuse he's taken at the hands of opposing defenders.

The young U.S Men's National Team star has taken plenty of it during World Cup Qualifying so far, and is expecting more tonight when he takes on Trinidad and Tobago. This is nothing he isn't used to, and nothing he can't handle, even if it's disrespectful.

Preview: Trinidad & Tobago vs USMNT

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The USMNT plays Trinidad & Tobago at Ato Boldon Stadium (8pm ET - beIN Sport) in the final game of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. For the USMNT, the stakes are clear. 3rd-place and avoiding an intercontinental playoff against Australia.

We learned earlier on Tuesday that it will be Australia waiting on the CONCACAF 4th-place finisher.

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Larsen returns injured from Denmark World Cup duty

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Milan (AFP) – Udinese’s Danish international defender Jens Stryger Larsen has returned injured from World Cup duty, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old limped off just before half-time with a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s shock 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Montenegro.

Larsen returns injured from Denmark World Cup duty

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Milan (AFP) – Udinese’s Danish international defender Jens Stryger Larsen has returned injured from World Cup duty, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old limped off just before half-time with a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s shock 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Montenegro.

Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup spot

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and consign their opponents to next month’s play-offs.

An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before the hour as the hosts finished top of Group B ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

Ronaldo, Portugal lock down World Cup spot

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Lisbon (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon on Tuesday to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup and consign their opponents to next month’s play-offs.

An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before the hour as the hosts finished top of Group B ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

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USA Fails to Qualify for World Cup

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An Omar Gonzalez own goal set the stage for a massively disappointing night for the United States, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup following Wednesday's 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago.

Gonzalez's wayward clearance found the back of the net in the 17th minute before a 37th minute Alvin Jones blast made it a two-goal deficit going into halftime.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Chile travels to Brazil, Peru hosts Colombia, and more

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Coming into Tuesday's CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers, six countries will fight for three automatic qualification spots. Whoever finishes in fifth will have to face a playoff for the chance to make next year's FIFA World Cup.

Matchday 18's highlighted fixture comes from Sao Paulo as already-qualified Brazil hosts Chile.