France, Portugal earn Europe's last automatic Russian Federation tickets


While World Cup qualification is a big deal for most nations, the Panamanian President has given the country the day off work and school to celebrate their achievement.

France will finish top of Group A if they match or better Sweden's result against Holland and Switzerland know a draw or win away to Portugal will secure their place.

South America qualifier: Brazil led by PSG star Neymar emerged as the CONMEBOL winners, Uruguay starring captain Diego Godin and strikers Cavani and Suarez were runners-up.

Pot 1 is made up of Russian Federation (as the host country), Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France. The highest-ranked teams will be placed in Pot 1, the next-highest in Pot 2... Egypt and Nigeria have already safely booked their places in Russian Federation, with Morocco, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Tunisia and DR Congo still vying for qualification.

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There are still final games to play in African qualifying, with three of the five groups still yet to produce a guaranteed victor.

That leaves two final group stage berths for the 2018 finals still down for decision and they'll be decided by two two-legged play-off games involving countries from Asia (Australia), CONCACAF (Honduras), Oceania (New Zealand) and South America (Peru).

The draw will take place next week.

New Zealand face a play-off next month against the team finishing fifth in South American qualifying, with the victor of that two-legged tie qualifying for the finals. The same could be said of Wales, less than 18 months after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship.

Back-to-back Copa America champions Chile were bumped from third to sixth in the South American table after losing their final game and seeing others around them win and draw.