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New Zealand bagged OFC¿s play-off place and Burnley's Chris Wood has starred for them

New Zealand bagged OFC’s play-off place and Burnley's Chris Wood has starred for them

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

Nations reaching the World Cup for the first time is getting increasingly rarer.

In anticipation for what is surely Peru's biggest match in nearly four decades, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is calling for a public sector holiday starting at 4PM on Tuesday, so that Peruvians can support their team. The Super Eagles have now missed just one tournament - Germany 2006 - since making their World Cup debut in 1994.

Over two million requests have been submitted worldwide for ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia, FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

Costa Rica had sewn up their qualification with a game to spare, but Panama were able to reach the promised land of the World Cup for the first time with a heroic win in their last game, bagging the region's third and final automatic berth.

Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have already qualified from Asia.

It all means we now have 23 countries in the group stage draw for the tournament, with the remaining nine qualifiers to be determined over the next month.

The victor of that match will face the CONCACAF federation's fourth-placed team for a spot in Russia. Matches will be held between June 14 - July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russian Federation.

A win for the United States against bottom of the hexagonal table Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday will seal the Americans' ticket for an eighth consecutive finals - and even a point should do it.

The victor of each tie will secure a place at the World Cup.

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