Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

World Cup Host Russia Halted by Team Melli in Friendly

World Cup Host Russia Halted by Team Melli in Friendly

The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places for next year's finals in Russian Federation, but also the fifth place that offers a play-off spot against New Zealand.

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The friendly against South Korea was Russia's first worldwide test since they exited the Confederations Cup at the group stage in June, which added to a long list of recent failures.

Didier Deschamps' side avoided any final day slip-ups as they saw off Belarus 2-1, courtesy of first-half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud.

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Belgium, England, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Serbia and Spain have already secured their places with two group winners still to be decided.

Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia were the first four Asian nations to qualify.

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.

North, Latin America: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama.

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James Rodriguez celebrates his goal in Colombia's draw with Peru.

In Africa, there are still three places up for grabs as the third and final round of qualifying enters the last two group games.

Tickets purchased during the current sales phase will be delivered free of charge to fans in the weeks leading up to the tournament, with deliveries planned to start in April/May 2018 (subject to change).

Lionel Messi's sheer brilliance secured Argentina's berth in the FIFA World Cup that will take place next summer in Russian Federation after the Barcelona star scored a stunning hat-trick against Ecuador at the Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa in Quito.

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