CONMEBOL qualifying stole the headlines on Thursday evening, particularly Argentina (wide eyes emoji), but the Road to Russia continues on Friday around global qualification.
In the United States, the primary focus is that the U.S. Men’s National Team pulls out a victory when they play host to Panama, but a win for the Stars and Stripes won’t be enough for Bruce Arena and Co. to clinch a place in next summer’s World Cup just yet.
However, a win by Panama and a Honduras loss to Costa Rica would ensure a place for Los Canaleros in Russia.
In Europe, three teams have already ensured their place in the competition through qualifying, which excludes hosts Russia being the fourth nation.
Serbia and Spain can each top their respective groups if results go in each team’s favor, while Croatia and Iceland would set up an intriguing final matchday in Group I if both teams win on Friday.
One match in Africa will take place on Friday, as the Ivory Coast meets Mali. However, a win for Les Elephants won’t book their place in Russia until the result of Group C’s other match between Morocco and Gabon happens on Saturday.
Here’s a list of the teams that have already qualified for next summer’s tournament.
Brazil — CONMEBOL
Iran — AFC
Japan — AFC
Mexico — CONCACAF
Belgium — UEFA
South Korea — AFC
Saudi Arabia — AFC
Germany — UEFA
England — UEFA