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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 9, 2017, 6:49 am

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Well that is the group stage over for groups C, E & F.
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Perfect qualification from Germany.
The surprise of the group was second placed Northern Ireland. They lost their final game away to a previously disappointing Norway but have done enough to go through to the play off stage between the highest point scoring 8 second placed sides.
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A group already decided before the final game. Poland win, Denmark go to the play offs,
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England through undefeated, although 2 draws more than necessary out of a poor group. Slovakia top Scotland by goal difference only, but will have to wait for other group results before they know if they are through to the play offs..

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by stattointhailand » October 9, 2017, 9:25 am

stattointhailand wrote:
October 8, 2017, 3:59 pm
"Down to the last game for the 1/2, but the Swiss need a major fail to lose the automatic spot."

:? I hardly think losing 1:0 away to Portugal who have won every game at home with their only loss coming in the reverse fixture in Switzerland would really be called a "MAJOR FAIL" Portugal record P9 W8 D0 L1 GF 30 GA 4

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 10, 2017, 7:09 am

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Serbia qualify as group winners & the Republic pip Wales for second spot play off place.
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Already done & dusted before the final game.
Spain only having a draw as a slight blot qualify with Italy easily going through to the play offs.
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The Group that probably should have seen the tightest tussle for places.
As it is Iceland again punch well above their weight & qualify. Croatia take the play off spot & Turkey finish in 4th. place, way off the pace, after a disappointing qualification showing..

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 10, 2017, 8:10 am

In the end too many draws cost the Welsh in this campaign......just 1 defeat but 5 draws !
Good luck to the Republic of Ireland in the play offs......it would be great if N.Ireland qualified also.....could they meet in the play offs ?.....now that would be tasty !
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 10, 2017, 10:54 am

South America consistently produces the most competitive World Cup qualification campaign on the planet, with more strength in depth and fewer easy games than anywhere else.
Brazil flirted with disaster before securing their place in the 2002 World Cup - which, of course, they won. Argentina had a bad time in the 2010 qualifiers but managed to grab the last automatic slot. Uruguay, who had to be content with the play-off position, went on to come fourth in the tournament after finishing fifth in the South American group.
But even bearing all that in mind, Argentina have dug themselves into a hole this time. They go into the final round down in sixth, outside even the play-off spot following a goalless draw against Peru. =; On Wednesday (00:30 BST - live text on the BBC Sport website) they are away to Ecuador at the dreaded altitude of Quito, conditions they despise. A win will guarantee a play-off place and might even send them automatically to Russia, but a draw will leave them reliant on other results and a defeat will eliminate them.
There is, then, a real danger that Argentina, Lionel Messi and all, will be missing from the 2018 World Cup.
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by marjamlew » October 10, 2017, 6:55 pm

Timmy Cahill gets 2 and the Aussies are still alive and looking forward to the two leg playoff against either Panama or Honduras. Cahill has now scored at least a goal for the Socceroos in every year since 2004 - what a legend.
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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by goodison » October 11, 2017, 7:39 am

As you know Mark you're preaching to the converted. Watched yesterday's game and feel T.C. Could still do a job at Goodison where he remains a LEGEND.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 11, 2017, 7:52 am

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France fairly comfortably qualify. Holland came good at the end, but it was all too little to late & Sweden go into the play offs.
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Portugal did enough in their last match to topple the Swiss into the play offs.
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Belgium walked through group H, with a draw their only blemish. Greece go into the play offs..

So the 9 European qualifiers are:
Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Serbia & Spain.

Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Greece are into the second placed play offs, with Slovkia (second in England's group) the side to miss out.
Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark are the top FIFA rated teams, so they will be seeded. Meaning that a Northern Ireland v the Republic cannot happen.
The draw takes place on the 16th..

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 11, 2017, 10:45 am

Lionel Messi scored a superb hat-trick as Argentina came from behind to win away in Ecuador and qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Brazil had already qualified and Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay beat Bolivia 4-2 to qualify, with Colombia also advancing with a 1-1 draw in Peru.
Peru finished fifth in South American qualifying and will now meet New Zealand in a two-legged play-off.
But Alexis Sanchez and Chile are out after losing 3-0 away in Brazil.
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 11, 2017, 6:41 pm

BobHelm wrote:
October 11, 2017, 7:52 am

Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Greece are into the second placed play offs, with Slovkia (second in England's group) the side to miss out.
Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark are the top FIFA rated teams, so they will be seeded. Meaning that a Northern Ireland v the Republic cannot happen.
The draw takes place on the 16th..
I'd think the Irish teams would certainly want to avoid Italy and,quite possibly,Croatia ??
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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 12, 2017, 9:16 pm

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It's over for Strachan

Scots opt for new direction

It always looked likely after their failure to qualify for the World Cup and now it's official.
Bit tough on the man to be honest. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
The Scottish FA (very much like the English ) take the all too easy answer of sacking the manager for failure because to solve the huge underlying issues are way beyond them !! & are probably cash related, which makes biting the bullet even more unlikely!!

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 13, 2017, 8:09 am

Its ironic that Strachan gets the chop when Scotland are having the best spell for a number of years.....is it 6 games unbeaten now ?
If they wouldn't have had such a poor start to their World Cup campaign they would have easily made the play offs.
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Post by mathusalah80 » October 13, 2017, 11:42 am

Zidane wrote:
October 10, 2017, 10:54 am
There is, then, a real danger that Argentina, Lionel Messi and all, will be missing from the 2018 World Cup.
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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by panmotor » October 13, 2017, 1:05 pm

panmotor wrote:
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Interesting also in Sth America that Chile and Alexis Sanchez probably wont even make the play off with one of their games away to Brazil.
Mats last comment reminded me I said this earlier in the thread. I am at York races today so, hopefully my predictions will stay hot!

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 14, 2017, 8:00 am

Imagine being a fan of a football team and being told the three favourites for the managers post are David Moyes,Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert ! :yikes:

Alex McLeish says it would be "hard" to say no if the Scottish Football Association asked him to manage the national side for a second time.
Gordon Strachan left the post on Thursday, four days after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Ex-Scotland winger Pat Nevin says David Moyes would be the ideal successor.
His fellow former internationals Barry Ferguson and Kris Commons have praised Paul Lambert.
Former Scotland midfielder Ferguson believes McLeish would take the job "in a second".
The former Rangers captain added: "We weren't great to watch [under McLeish in 2007], but we played a certain way and we got results at the end of the day."
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Moyes is a former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager but has been out of work since leaving Sunderland following their relegation to the Championship in May.
Nevin acknowledges the 54-year-old's "star has slightly fallen" since he built his reputation at Everton, but says he would have no hesitation in approaching him.
"If it was my choice, I would go straight for David Moyes," Nevin told BBC 5 live.

Lambert, 48, was a Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund and won eight major trophies in seven seasons at Celtic, including four Scottish titles.
The former Scotland captain, who won 40 caps from 1995 to 2003, has managed Livingston, Wycombe, Colchester United, Norwich City and Aston Villa, before brief stints at Blackburn and Wolves in England's Championship.
"I would go for someone like Paul Lambert," Ferguson told BBC Scotland's Sportsound.
Former Celtic and Scotland midfielder Commons also endorsed Lambert's credentials.
"Paul would be ideal," he told Sportsound."Talking to him a few weeks ago about spending time with different coaches in different countries, he wants to fill that brain of his with as much football intelligence as he can from all over the world. There is no-one who knows the Scottish game better than Paul Lambert."
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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