Who is involved, which teams are seeded and when are the matches?

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Christian Pulisic and his United States teammates' World Cup dreams were dashed Tuesday night by Trinidad and Tobago

World Cup European qualification completed DHA Football News entry Date: 11.10.2017 00:10 Diary Leme Date: 11.10.2017 00:13 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Russian Federation in 2018, is completed with matches played today in European qualifiers.

Centre back Virgil van Dijk will miss the World Cup following the Netherlands' disappointing qualifying campaign, as will Chile's Gary Medel, who was selected as the second central defender.

Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, Portugal and France took the remaining automatic places on offer to European nations after each topping their respective group.

Asked whether he felt disappointment about the United States national team's failure to qualify for the tournament, since many American football fans could have come to Russia, Sorokin said "We can afford neither negative nor positive emotions about the qualifying results of any national team". Costa Rica had sewn up their qualification with a game to spare, but Panama were able to reach the promised land of the World Cup for the first time with a heroic win in their last game, bagging the region's third and final automatic berth.

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The tickets for the matches of the world football championship are sold in three phases. While Senegal will be in pot 3, if Burkina Faso, Cape Verde or South Africa win that qualifying group they are certain to be pot 4. In Group A, Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo can still advance, although Tunisia just need a draw in their final match. They will now definitely get two strong teams in their group when they could have escaped this when in a pot with all other European teams.

Below is how the pots are looking for the draw, which takes place on Friday.

Two-legged intercontinental playoffs next month between countries from four different confederations will determine the identity of two further qualifiers. The highest-ranked teams will be placed in Pot 1, the next-highest in Pot 2... Peru haven't been to the World Cup since 1982.