Russian traditional artists engaged in creating special souvenirs for 2018 World Cup

Russian traditional artists engaged in creating special souvenirs for 2018 World Cup

World Cup play-off draw: When, where and who? In the days that followed, Mexico sealed top spot in the Central/North American region, then Belgium became the first European nation other than the hosts to qualify.

After a group-stage exit at the Confederations Cup, Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has experimented with his team in three recent friendlies, with mixed results.

Only Brazil has so far qualified, with Uruguay, Chile, Colombia and Peru all ahead of Argentina.

Russian Federation (as hosts) were the very first team booked in, while five-time winners Brazil joined them as early as March 2017 after an incredibly dominant showing in South American qualifying.

Victory means they continue a 20-year run of appearances at the finals, now at six in a row, having not been absent since winning the title on home soil since 1998.

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Ireland pipped Wales to the post by beating them 1-0 in Cardiff and booked an unlikely place in those playoffs; They are joined by Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Northern Ireland and Croatia with more games to be played on Tuesday October 10th as play-off gopes will both die and come true with one last evening of games.

In Europe, the eight best runners-up from the qualifying stages, including Ireland, will go into next Monday's play-off draw.

There are still final games to play in African qualifying, with three of the five groups still yet to produce a guaranteed victor. The most renowned masters of Russian handicraft are engaged in making collections of souvenirs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, said a senior official with the Russian Handicraft and Art Association.

New Zealand face a play-off next month against the team finishing fifth in South American qualifying, with the victor of that two-legged tie qualifying for the finals.

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