Soccer / Football : World Cup 2018
Strachan sacked by Scotland
Gordon Strachan has left his position as Scotland manager by "mutual consent", four days after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup. The 60-year-old had been in charge of Scotland since 2013 but will replaced going into the Euro 2020 qualifying. Former Sunderland, Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes has been installed as early favourite to take charge, with Gary McAllister and Brendan Rodgers also mentioned as contenders.
Walters out until at least Christmas
Jonathan Walters will miss both of legs of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup Playoff next month. The Burnley forward is out until late December with a knee injury which has sidelined him since August. Midfielder David Meyler is suspended for the first leg after picking up a late yellow card in the win over Wales. While Robbie Brady is waiting to see if he'll be charged by FIFA for an incident with Ashley Williams in the second-half of that game.
Long ruled out of Wales clash
Shane Long will miss Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Wales after suffering a hip injury. The Southampton striker played 81 minutes in the win over Moldova and was in contention to start at the Cardiff City Stadium. However, the 30-year-old has been ruled out through injury. After netting a brace in the 2-0 win over Moldova on Friday, Daryl Murphy is expected to start up front with Sean Maguire on the bench as Ireland go in search of the victory needed to secure a playoff place.
Thiago to miss Israel match
Thiago Alcantara will miss Spain's final World Cup qualifier against Israel on Monday after suffering an ankle injury. The Bayern Munich midfielder scored the third goal in Friday's 3-0 win over Albania which secured La Roja's place at the finals in Russia next year. But Spain issued a release on Saturday confirming news of the 26-year-old's sprained ankle following an MRI scan.
Brozovic leaves Croatia squad after injury
Marcelo Brozovic suffered an injury during Croatia's match with Finland, and the Inter midfielder is set to leave the national team squad as a result. Ansa reported that Brozovic will be departing Croatia's camp, so that he can undergo evaluation by the Inter medical staff.
Croatia sack coach Cacic
Croatia have confirmed the sacking of Ante Cacic and replaced him with Zlatko Dalic after the 1-1 draw with Finland. The draw means Croatia are two points behind Iceland, who are top of the group and are level on points with Ukraine, but have a better goal difference. Dalic, 50, who previously managed UAE sides Al Ain and Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, spent five years in charge of Croatia Under 21s from 2006.
Fraser pulls out of Scotland squad
Ryan Fraser has pulled out of the Scotland squad through injury. The Scottish Football Association announced that the winger had returned to Bournemouth and no replacement would be called up for Sunday's World Cup qualifier in Slovenia. Fraser did not feature in Thursday's 1-0 victory over Slovakia at Hampden.
Lukaku ruled out
Romelu Lukaku will miss Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, although he could still be fit for their final Group H game next week. The Manchester United forward had been a doubt due to an ankle injury since joining up with the Belgium squad earlier in the week. He is yet to train with the squad and has not travelled to Sarajevo for the game. Belgium have already booked their spot at next year's World Cup finals in Russia and will complete their fixtures with a home game against Cyprus next Tuesday.
|4||Faroe Isl.||9||-12||2-3-5 (10)|
|6||San Mar.||0||-49||0-0-10 (10)|
|10.10||France - Belarus||2 : 1|
|10.10||Luxemb. - Bulgaria||1 : 1|
|10.10||Holland - Sweden||2 : 0|
|10.10||Hungary - Faroe Isl.||1 : 0|
|10.10||Latvia - Andorra||4 : 0|
|10.10||Greece - Gibraltar||4 : 0|
|10.10||Belgium - Cyprus||4 : 0|
|10.10||Estonia - Bosnia||1 : 2|
|10.10||Portugal - Switzerl.||2 : 0|
|9.10||Israel - Spain||0 : 1|
|9.10||Moldova - Austria||0 : 1|
|9.10||Iceland - Kosovo||2 : 0|
|9.10||Ukraine - Croatia||0 : 2|
|9.10||Maced. - Liechten.||4 : 0|
|9.10||Serbia - Georgia||1 : 0|
|9.10||Finland - Turkey||2 : 2|
|9.10||Wales - Ireland||0 : 1|
|9.10||Albania - Italy||0 : 1|
|8.10||Slovenia - Scotland||2 : 2|
|8.10||Denmark - Romania||1 : 1|
|8.10||Norway - N.Ireland||1 : 0|
|8.10||Czech - San Mar.||5 : 0|
|8.10||Poland - Monteneg.||4 : 2|
|8.10||Germany - Azerbaijan||5 : 1|
|8.10||Lithuania - England||0 : 1|
|8.10||Slovakia - Malta||3 : 0|
|8.10||Kazakhstan - Armenia||1 : 1|
World Cup 2018 stats
|home wins||48 %|
|away wins||34 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : World Cup 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006. The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team.
Apart from Russia, a total of 13 slots in the final tournament are available for UEFA teams. The 52 teams will be divided into nine groups to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The winners of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The eight best second-placed teams contested home and away play-off matches for the remaining four places. In determining the best eight second-placed teams, the results against teams finishing last were not counted.
The eight best runners-up will be determined by the following parameters in this order:
- Highest number of points
- Goal difference
- Highest number of goals scored