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WORLD CUP 2018: PORTUGAL QUALIFY FOR RUSSIA AS ICELAND MAKE RECORD

The Selecao of Portugal have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating Switzerland 2-0 in the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

Europes contingent for Russia are almost decide with teams qualifying and others waiting for the play-offs.

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Switzerland only needed a draw to qualify directly for the World Cup ahead of the Portuguese but could not handle the men from Lisbon who were on fire.

Johan Djourou’s own goal after 41 minutes and a second one from Andre Silva in the second half sealed the deal for the Portuguese.

The Swiss would rather wait for the play offs to determine their fate as they fall behind the reigning European Champions with 27 points and 16 goal difference. Portugal top the group with 27 points but on a better goal difference of 28.

Iceland has also made history by becoming the country with lowest population of 350,000 to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

A goal from Gylfi Siggursson after 40 minutes of play and a second one from Johann Berg Gudmundsson on the 68th minute ensured that the Icelandics qualify for their first ever FIFA World Cup.

They came top of Group I with 22 points with more fancied Croatia following with 20 points to fight for a place through the play-offs.

Iceland won the toast and hearts of football fans all over the world with their appetizing brand of football and especially the entertainment aspect of joining their fellow countrymen with special claps during the European Nations Championship in 2016 which was hosted in France.

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The host nation eliminated the men from Iceland at the quarter final stage and their qualification for the World Cup is a true continuation of their resurgence in world football.

Antoine Grizemann was on the score sheet to shoot France to the World Cup. A goal from the Atletico Madrid forward in the 27th minute gave France the needed confidence to push for the winner.

Oliver Giroud who plays for English side Arsenal sealed the night for Les Blues with the second goal after 33 minutes of play before Anton Saroka pulled one back for Belarus.

France now top group A with 23 points as Netherlands were left smiling at the bad side of their mouths when they missed out of the World Cup in Russia, the Orange of Europe managed to beat Sweden 2-0 with both goals coming from Arjen Robben but that was not enough to over take Sweden who were on a better head to head and goals aggregate. The Swedish rather qualify for the play-offs in November.

Vasilios Torosidis, Konstantinos Mitroglou and Giannis Gianniotas scored four goals amongst them to give Greece a chance of fighting for a place in the 2018 World Cup when they thrashed Gibraltar at home. The Greeks now have 19 points with Belgium who had already qualified from Group H with 28 points.

In group D, Serbia managed to come first with 21 points when they suffered to beat Georgia 1-0 at home whenĀ Aleksandar Prijovic scored a goal after 74 minutes of play on Monday.

In the same group, The Republic of Ireland broke the hearts of Wales when they beat their nieghbours 1-0 to qualify for the play-offs. Wales were tipped to qualify for the play-offs as they were playing at home but the absence of talisman, Gareth Bale proved to be too bad for Chris Coleman and his charges.

17 teams have so far qualified for the world cup o be staged in Russia which starts in June 2018.

 

 

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