Soccer / Football : World Cup 2018
Coleman suffers broken leg
Everton defender Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg in a horrific tackle from Neil Taylor during Ireland's 0-0 draw with Wales in a World Cup qualifier. Coleman was taken off the pitch on a stretcher, and was taken to hospital. The right-back is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 28-year-old has been ever-present for Everton this season, and his loss will be a major blow for club and the country.
De Bruyne doubtful for Greece clash
Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for Belgium's World Cup Qualifier against Greece on Saturday after injuring his groin in training. Belgium host second-placed Greece in Brussels as Roberto Martinez's men look to continue their perfect start to their Group H campaign. Martinez's side are already without Chelsea star Eden Hazard and defender Thomas Meunier for the key Group H clash. Hazard pulled out on Monday with a calf problem, while an ankle injury has ruled out Paris St Germain's Meunier.
Janssen ruled out with illness
Vincent Janssen has been ruled out of Netherlands' matchday squad to face Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier after falling ill. Head coach Danny Blind has decided against calling up a replacement for the struggling Tottenham striker. The 22-year-old admitted to frustrations over a lack of first-team minutes for the London club this season, having not played over 10 minutes in the Premier League since January 1. Janssen recently scored his first goal from open play since moving to White Hart Lane last summer.
Gibson replaces injured Smalling
Chris Smalling has been forced out of the England squad after picking up an injury while in training, leading Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson to receive his first call-up. Gareth Southgate was already facing a defensive headache for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania as Gary Cahill was suspended and Phil Jones withdrew through injury. Smalling injured Jones earlier in the week after a poor tackle in training ruled his Manchester United team-mate out for nine weeks with a broken toe.
Ozil remains sidelined
Mesut Ozil was reportedly declared fit for Germany's clash on Sunday with Azerbaijan, recovering from the minor hamstring injury he had picked up but he is now sidelined with a back injury. The midfielder missed his country's 1-0 win over England on Wednesday and is a major doubt for the World Cup qualifier in Baku. Ozil has played only 19 minutes of football since starting Arsenal's 5-1 defeat at Bayern's Allianz Arena on February 15.
Werner ruled out
Germany newboy Timo Werner will not play against Azerbaijan on Sunday due to a hamstring injury sustained on his debut. RB Leipzig top scorer started Wednesday's 1-0 win over England and was withdrawn in the 77th minute. With Podolski now retired and Werner injured, Thomas Muller and Andre Schurrle are set to battle for the striking spot when Germany travel to Baku. Mario Gomez is another attacking option in Low's squad, providing the striker can shake off the groin injury that kept him out of the England game.
Bonucci back in training
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has returned to training for Italy after losing almost two kilogrammes due to a bout of gastric flu. Italy face Albania in Sicily in their next World Cup qualifying fixture on Friday before hosting Liechtenstein in June. Should Bonucci not be deemed fit enough to face Albania, AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli is the first alternative to partner Andrea Barzagli in the centre of defence.
Spain replace injured Reina with Arrizabalaga
Pepe Reina has withdrawn from the Spain squad due to injury, with Kepa Arrizabalaga having been called up in his place. Napoli goalkeeper Reina missed Spain's training session on Tuesday with the unspecified problem and underwent tests on it later in the day. Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, as a result, has opted to promote the uncapped Arrizabalaga of Athletic Bilbao from the under-21s.
|4||Faroe Isl.||4||-6||1-1-2 (4)|
|6||San Mar.||0||-16||0-0-4 (4)|
|24.3||Austria - Moldova||2 : 0|
|24.3||Spain - Israel||4 : 1|
|24.3||Turkey - Finland||2 : 0|
|24.3||Liechten. - Maced.||0 : 3|
|24.3||Croatia - Ukraine||1 : 0|
|24.3||Italy - Albania||2 : 0|
|24.3||Ireland - Wales||0 : 0|
|24.3||Georgia - Serbia||1 : 3|
|24.3||Kosovo - Iceland||1 : 2|
|13.11||Cyprus - Gibraltar||3 : 1|
|13.11||Luxemb. - Holland||1 : 3|
|13.11||Hungary - Andorra||4 : 0|
|13.11||Greece - Bosnia||1 : 1|
|13.11||Belgium - Estonia||8 : 1|
|13.11||Bulgaria - Belarus||1 : 0|
|13.11||Switzerl. - Faroe Isl.||2 : 0|
|13.11||Portugal - Latvia||4 : 1|
|12.11||Austria - Ireland||0 : 1|
|12.11||Spain - Maced.||4 : 0|
|12.11||Ukraine - Finland||1 : 0|
|12.11||Turkey - Kosovo||2 : 0|
|12.11||Liechten. - Italy||0 : 4|
|12.11||Croatia - Iceland||2 : 0|
|12.11||Wales - Serbia||1 : 1|
|12.11||Georgia - Moldova||1 : 1|
|12.11||Albania - Israel||0 : 3|
|11.11||France - Sweden||2 : 1|
World Cup 2018 stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||32 %|
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