RUSSIA 2018: The 32 teams that qualified

first_imgItalian soccer players after their team’s elimination in a World Cup playoff match against Sweden in Milan on Monday. Courtesy photo.By Bryson MykolFOOTBALL–After Peru defeated New Zealand in the final World Cup play-off overnight, the qualifying session is over, and all the 31 countries who will join hosts Russia have been has listed the full list below and how they qualified.1. Russia: The hosts qualified when they won the chance to host the competition back in Dec 2010.2. Brazil: CONMEBOL round robin winners, qualified way back on March 28, 20173. Iran: AFC third round group A winners4. Japan: AFC third round group B winners5. South Korea: Runners-up to Iran in Group A6. Saudi Arabia: Runners-up in Group B7. Mexico: North and central America and Caribbean round 5 winners8. Belgium: Uefa group H winners (first European team) who qualified on Sept 39. Germany: Sealed their place as Group C winners after beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast10. England: Gareth Southgate’s side beat Slovenia at Wembley to secure their spot in Russia as winners of Group F11. Poland: Poland became to fourth European team to qualify having dropped points in just two games in Group E12. Costa Rica: Reached their fourth World Cup finals with a game remaining from their CONCACAF qualification group13. Nigeria: Became the first side from Africa to reach Russia and have now missed just one tournament – Germany 2006 – since first qualifying 199414. Egypt: Mohamed Salah scored twice to send the north Africans into their first finals since 1990,15. Iceland: Have qualified for their first ever World Cup, piping Croatia to a guaranteed place in Russia16. Serbia: Winners of Group D17. Spain: The 2010 champions qualified as Group G winners finishing five points ahead of Italy18. France: Qualified as winners of Group A19. Portugal: Beat Switzerland in their final qualification game to reach next summer’s finals20. Panama: Reached their first World Cup after beating Costa Rica in the final group game of their qualification campaign21. Argentina: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his side’s final qualification game to secure their place in the finals22. Uruguay: Finished second to Brazil in their group to secure their place in the finals23. Colombia: Took the fourth and final automatic qualification spot in the South American group24. Senegal: CAF Group D winners with 14points ahead of runners-up Burkina Faso (9ponits)25. Morocco: CAF Group C winners with 12points ahead of Ivory Coast (8points)26. Tunisia: CAF Group A winners with 12points, one point above DR. Congo.27. Switzerland: Won two-leg play-off with Northern Ireland28. Croatia: Won two-leg play-off with Greece29. Sweden: Won two-leg play-off with Italy30. Denmark – Won two-leg play-off with Republic of Ireland31. Australia – Defeated Honduras in a two-leg play-off32. Peru – Secured last place with victory over New Zealand in two-leg play-offCommentslast_img read more