There was a time before when countries were uncertain of holding the FIFA World Cup, but that doesn’t seem to be the case now. The World Cup match has moved on with countries like Spain, Croatia, and Serbia moving through.
While that may be the case, there are other FIFA World Cup qualifiers that have yet to be played as well as other countries needing playoffs to reach the stages in Qatar. Russia, Portugal, and Sweden are all seeking qualification through such a route.
The Route to the Championship
Portugal certainly don’t have an easy time trying to make it to the World Cup. Aleksandar Mitrovic played spoiler at the 90th minute, giving Serbia a 2-1 win and making life miserable for Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. This also effectively gives Serbia an outright berth in the Qatar World Cup.
As for Portugal, there is still a chance it could catch the last ride to the World Cup. But that means it should go through a four-team bracket in a playoff in March. Aside from that, no team had it easy qualifying for the World Cup—almost all teams had to do it via late goals and a boatload of drama.
All The Drama of the Qualifiers
Spain’s game against Sweden was technically laid out—all it needed was a draw. However, player Alvaro Morata made sure that Spain would qualify, taking a goal in the 86th minute and making sure not to leave the result as fodder for 12BET sportsbook analysts.
This also meant that Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not going to enjoy another World Cup appearance unless they make it through the playoffs. Croatia, meanwhile, dashed Russia’s plans to qualify outright through forcing an own goal for a 1-0 win.
The Playoffs As It Stands
As Croatia, Spain, and Serbia enjoy their lofty standings, Portugal, Sweden, and Russia are left with their fates in their hands. The Playoffs for the World Cup will start on March 24. 12 teams will go through the wringer—these being 10 group runner-ups, with two teams enjoying successes in the Nations League—divided into four teams with three brackets each.
The football live score would be exciting as only one team from each group will go through. The draws for the teams included in the playoffs will happen on November 26 in Zurich.
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