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World Cup qualification - round 5
11.08.2022
Today we have the fifth round of the twenty-second Dugout-Online World Cup Qualification cycle. All the matches kick-off at 18:00 GMT.

World Cup Qualifying:
Positions: 1st - England (9 points), 2nd - Hungary (5 points), 3rd - Mexico (4 points), 4th - Ireland (3 points), 5th - Lithuania (1 point)

Ireland, a team that finally earned their first points (4-1 against Lithuania), already played four matches. The others will play their fourth game, of the 22nd World Cup qualification cycle, today.

Hungary Hungary vs. England England
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Mexico Mexico


Positions: 1st - Finland (9 points), 2nd - Romania (7 points), 3rd - Malta (3 points), 4th - Venezuela (1 point), 5th - Germany (1 point)

Another draw (their third) for Malta. This time they ground Germany to a halt (0-0). Romania already played four matches - the others will play their fourth today.

Venezuela Venezuela vs. Germany Germany
Malta Malta vs. Finland Finland


Positions: 1st - Australia (7 points), 2nd - Sweden (7 points), 3rd - Italy (4 points), 4th - Denmark (2 points), 5th - Norway (1 point)

This group is fairly close. The only two that stand our are Australia (who conceded only once thus far), and Norway (whose conceded quite a few goals). Sweden already played four matches - the others will play their fourth today.

Australia Australia vs. Italy Italy
Denmark Denmark vs. Norway Norway


Positions: 1st - South Korea (9 points), 2nd - Estonia (6 points), 3rd - Russia (4 points), 4th - Serbia (3 points), 5th - Czech republic (1 point)

Russia played four matches - the others will play their fourth today.

Estonia Estonia vs. Serbia Serbia
South Korea South Korea vs. Czech republic Czech republic


Positions: 1st - Belgium (6 points), 2nd - Slovenia (5 points), 3rd - China (4 points), 4th - Argentina (1 point)

Group E teams had a break in the previous round. This will be their fourth round, and the start of the second half of the qualification cycle.

Belgium Belgium vs. Argentina Argentina
China China vs. Slovenia Slovenia


Positions: 1st - Turkey (7 points), 2nd - Scotland (6 points), 3rd - Algeria (5 points), 4th - Bulgaria (2 points), 5th - Canada (1 point)

Scotland did quite well in the 22nd World Cup qualification cycle. Their final tally was two wins, and two losses. Since Algeria and Turkey play today, they are in a good position for the second half of the qualification cycle.

Canada Canada vs. Bulgaria Bulgaria
Algeria Algeria vs. Turkey Turkey


Positions: 1st - Latvia (9 points), 2nd - Austria (6 points), 3rd - Peru (3 points), 4th - Slovakia (3 points), 5th - Japan (3 points)

Latvia are back to their winning ways (they defeated Austria with 3-1). They are done with the first half of the World Cup qualification cycle - the others will finish today.

Slovakia Slovakia vs. Peru Peru
Austria Austria vs. Japan Japan


Positions: 1st - Bolivia (6 points), 2nd - Switzerland (6 points), 3rd - India (4 points), 4th - Netherlands (4 points), 5th - Iceland (2 points)

Things are not going as we though they would in Group H - the group is nicely competitive. Iceland already played four matches (they drew 0-0 against Netherlands in the fourth round). The other teams will play their fourth game today.

Netherlands Netherlands vs. India India
Bolivia Bolivia vs. Switzerland Switzerland


Positions: 1st - Bosnia and Herzegovina (6 points), 2nd - Spain (6 points), 3rd - Israel (6 points), 4th - Albania (4 points), 5th - United States of America (1 point)

Israel are done with the first half of the World Cup qualification cycle. With 6 points, they are not in a bad position.

USA United States of America vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH
Albania Albania vs. Spain Spain


Positions: 1st - Thailand (6 points), 2nd - Moldova (6 points), 3rd - New Zealand (6 points), 4th - Uruguay (3 points), 5th - Greece (3 points)

Greece finally won (3-2 against New Zealand). Since they already played four matches, they need to hope the games today go their way.

New Zealand New Zealand vs. Uruguay Uruguay
Thailand Thailand vs. Moldova Moldova


Positions: 1st - Brazil (7 points), 2nd - France (6 points), 3rd - Croatia (6 points), 4th - Bangladesh (3 points), 5th - Colombia (1 point)

Brazil already played four matches - the others will play their fourth today. With 2 wins, one draw, and one loss, Brazil are not in a bad position.

France France vs. Croatia Croatia
Colombia Colombia vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh


Positions: 1st - Rep. of Montenegro (7 points), 2nd - South Africa (6 points), 3rd - Poland (4 points), 4th - Portugal (4 points), 5th - Chile (1 point)

Chile are done with the first half of the World Cup qualification cycle. With only a point to their name, their prospects this season, aren't all that great.

Poland Poland vs. Rep. of Montenegro Montenegro
South Africa South Africa vs. Portugal Portugal



World Cup Under-21 Qualifying:
Positions: 1st - Russia (7 points), 2nd - France (7 points), 3rd - Netherlands (6 points), 4th - Hungary (3 points), 5th - Thailand (0 points)

We didn't expect Group A to be so close as it is. Even Thailand, who have yet to get a point, have not done all that badly (losing by a goal twice, and once by two). France are done with the first half of the U21 World Cup qualification cycle - the others will play their fourth today.

Netherlands Netherlands vs. Thailand Thailand
Hungary Hungary vs. Russia Russia


Positions: 1st - Italy (7 points), 2nd - England (7 points), 3rd - Brazil (5 points), 4th - Chile (1 point), 5th - Iceland (1 point)

Italy played four matches already (two wins, one draw, one loss) - the others will play their fourth game today.

Chile Chile vs. England England
Iceland Iceland vs. Brazil Brazil


Positions: 1st - Algeria (5 points), 2nd - Slovenia (5 points), 3rd - Denmark (2 points), 4th - Latvia (0 points)

Teams in Group C started the second half of the 22nd U21 World Cup cycle - this is their fourth round.

Slovenia Slovenia vs. Denmark Denmark
Algeria Algeria vs. Latvia Latvia


Positions: 1st - Croatia (9 points), 2nd - Canada (6 points), 3rd - Serbia (6 points), 4th - Spain (3 points), 5th - Albania (0 points)

Spain played four games already - the others will play their fourth today.

Albania Albania vs. Croatia Croatia
Canada Canada vs. Serbia Serbia


Positions: 1st - Argentina (9 points), 2nd - Turkey (6 points), 3rd - South Africa (4 points), 4th - Belgium (4 points), 5th - Ireland (0 points)

Belgium won their first match in this U21 World Cup qualification cycle. Unfortunately, since they are done with the first half of the qualification cycle, their 4 points are not all that great.

Turkey Turkey vs. South Africa South Africa
Ireland Ireland vs. Argentina Argentina


Positions: 1st - Japan (7 points), 2nd - Finland (6 points), 3rd - New Zealand (4 point), 4th - Australia (4 points), 5th - Moldova (1 point)

Australia won their first match in the 22nd U21 World Cup qualification cycle. With 4 points to their name, their prospects are not al that terrible.

New Zealand New Zealand vs. Japan Japan
Moldova Moldova vs. Finland Finland


Positions: 1st - Austria (7 points), 2nd - Colombia (6 points), 3rd - Norway (6 points), 4th - South Korea (4 points), 5th - Czech republic (0 points)

South Korea are done with the first half of the U21 World Cup qualification cycle. Considering how close this group is, 4 points to their name isn't terrible.

Colombia Colombia vs. Norway Norway
Czech republic Czech republic vs. Austria Austria


Positions: 1st - Scotland (9 points), 2nd - Romania (6 points), 3rd - Bolivia (4 points), 4th - Bosnia and Herzegovina (2 points), 5th - India (1 point)

India finally earned their first point (a 1-1 against Bosnia and Herzegovina). But since they already played four games (the others will play their fourth today), the point could be too little too late.

BiH Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Romania Romania
Bolivia Bolivia vs. Scotland Scotland


Positions: 1st - Poland (7 points), 2nd - Switzerland (6 points), 3rd - Sweden (4 points), 4th - Rep. of Montenegro (3 points), 5th - Mexico (1 point)

Rep. of Montenegro are done with the first half of the U21 World Cup qualification cycle. Unfortunately fo them, after three draws, their fourth round match was a loss.

Mexico Mexico vs. Poland Poland
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Sweden Sweden


Positions: 1st - United States of America (9 points), 2nd - Germany (7 points), 3rd - Venezuela (4 points), 4th - Malta (3 points), 5th - Uruguay (0 points)

Germany played four games already, the others will play their fourth today. Germany lost only once - 0-2 in their fourth round match against United States of America.

USA United States of America vs. Uruguay Uruguay
Venezuela Venezuela vs. Malta Malta


Positions: 1st - Peru (5 points), 2nd - Slovakia (5 points), 3rd - Israel (3 points), 4th - Bangladesh (3 points), 5th - Greece (2 points)

As expected, this is one of the more competitive groups. Though Greece, with only 2 points from their four matches, could have trouble catching up.

Slovakia Slovakia vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh
Israel Israel vs. Peru Peru


Positions: 1st - Lithuania (9 points), 2nd - Bulgaria (7 points), 3rd - Portugal (4 points), 4th - Estonia (2 points), 5th - China (0 points)

Bulgaria are done with the first half of the U21 World Cup qualification cycle. With 7 points, they are in a fairly good position.

China China vs. Estonia Estonia
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Portugal Portugal




World Cup Under-19 Qualifying:
Positions: 1st - Brazil (6 points), 2nd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (6 points), 3rd - England (5 points), 4th - Japan (4 points), 5th - Bangladesh (1 point)

Group A is one of the more competitive qualification groups (regardless of age group). England are done with the first half of the U19 World Cup qualification cycle, their only loss coming in the fourth round (2-3 against Brazil).

BiH Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh
Brazil Brazil vs. Japan Japan


Positions: 1st - Sweden (9 points), 2nd - Moldova (6 points), 3rd - Colombia (4 points), 4th - Latvia (4 points), 5th - Malta (0 points)

Teams in Group B are fairly competitive. The only exception is Sweden, who won all three matches. Moldova are done with the first half of the qualification cycle, and will continue their U19 World Cup campaign, in two weeks time.

Latvia Latvia vs. Sweden Sweden
Colombia Colombia vs. Malta Malta


Positions: 1st - Portugal (9 points), 2nd - Hungary (6 points), 3rd - Uruguay (3 points), 4th - Ireland (0 points)

This is the fourth round for Group C. Since this is the smallest group, this marks the start of the second half of the U19 World Cup qualification cycle.

Uruguay Uruguay vs. Portugal Portugal
Ireland Ireland vs. Hungary Hungary


Positions: 1st - Thailand (9 points), 2nd - Netherlands (7 points), 3rd - Australia (6 points), 4th - Argentina (1 point), 5th - Israel (0 points)

Argentina have done an excellent job stealing a point from Netherlands in the fourth round (their game ended 1-1). Thailand already played four matches, the others will play their fourth today.

Argentina Argentina vs. Israel Israel
Australia Australia vs. Netherlands Netherlands


Positions: 1st - Serbia (9 points), 2nd - Slovenia (6 points), 3rd - India (4 points), 4th - Lithuania (3 points), 5th - Romania (1 point)

While we were correct that India (they already played four games) and Lithuania will struggle in this group, we didn't expect Romania to be last at this point in the qualification cycle.

Romania Romania vs. Lithuania Lithuania
Serbia Serbia vs. Slovenia Slovenia


Positions: 1st - Bulgaria (9 points), 2nd - Greece (7 points), 3rd - Russia (6 points), 4th - Belgium (1 point), 5th - Mexico (0 points)

Russia already played four matches, the others will play their fourth today.

Belgium Belgium vs. Mexico Mexico
Greece Greece vs. Bulgaria Bulgaria


Positions: 1st - France (7 points), 2nd - Germany (6 points), 3rd - Italy (5 points), 4th - Slovakia (3 points), 5th - China (1 point)

In one of the best matches of the fourth round, China finally earned their first point - 3-3 against Italy. Unfortunately for China, they are done with the first half of the qualification cycle, and are pretty far behind the top two.

Italy Italy vs. Germany Germany
Slovakia Slovakia vs. France France


Positions: 1st - Switzerland (7 points), 2nd - Spain (7 points), 3rd - Peru (6 points), 4th - New Zealand (3 points), 5th - Czech republic (0 points)

Czech republic already played four matches, the others will play their fourth today.

New Zealand New Zealand vs. Spain Spain
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Peru Peru


Positions: 1st - South Africa (7 points), 2nd - Albania (4 points), 3rd - Algeria (4 points), 4th - Iceland (4 points), 5th - Estonia (3 points)

South Africa are done with the first half of the U19 World Cup qualification cycle. They have done quite well, winning twice, drawing once, and losing once (1-3 in the fourth round - they had absolutely no luck scoring).

Albania Albania vs. Iceland Iceland
Algeria Algeria vs. Estonia Estonia


Positions: 1st - Poland (9 points), 2nd - Scotland (9 points), 3rd - Canada (4 points), 4th - Venezuela (1 point), 5th - Rep. of Montenegro (0 points)

Scotland have done exceptionally well in the first half of the qualification cycle, losing only to the reigning U19 World Champions, Poland. Under new leadership, Rep. of Montenegro have done much better, though their match against Scotland still ended 1-0.

Poland Poland vs. Canada Canada
Montenegro Rep. of Montenegro vs. Venezuela Venezuela


Positions: 1st - Bolivia (8 points), 2nd - Denmark (7 points), 3rd - United States of America (4 points), 4th - Norway (3 points), 5th - Chile (0 points)

Bolivia are done with the first half of the qualification cycle. They are one of two teams that didn't lose a game yet (Denmark are the other). Norway (who were one of our favorites) finally won - they defeated Chile 3-0.

Chile Chile vs. Denmark Denmark
USA United States of America vs. Norway Norway


Positions: 1st - Turkey (9 points), 2nd - Croatia (6 points), 3rd - Austria (6 points), 4th - Finland (3 points), 5th - South Korea (0 points)

Finland are done with the first half of the U19 World Cup qualification cycle. With only one win to their name, their chances are not all that great this season. Though, if this round goes their way, they could still have a chances.

Croatia Croatia vs. Turkey Turkey
Austria Austria vs. South Korea South Korea




World Cup Under-17 Qualifying:
Positions: 1st - Serbia (9 points), 2nd - Switzerland (6 points), 3rd - Algeria (4 points), 4th - Colombia (4 points), 5th - France (0 points)

We expected Colombia to have trouble in Group A. And though they have played four games already (the others only played three), they are not that far off the second place. We are however, surprised by France. They have been struggling in all three of their matches thus far.

France France vs. Serbia Serbia
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Algeria Algeria


Positions: 1st - Argentina (9 points), 2nd - Portugal (7 points), 3rd - Spain (3 points), 4th - Scotland (2 points), 5th - Finland (1 point)

Finland finally earned their first point - they drew 0-0 against Scotland. But, since Finland are done with the first half of the qualification cycle, their chances of going to the U17 World Cup this season, are not all that great.

Portugal Portugal vs. Argentina Argentina
Scotland Scotland vs. Spain Spain


Positions: 1st - Netherlands (6 points), 2nd - Slovakia (5 points), 3rd - Chile (5 points), 4th - Sweden (5 points), 5th - Mexico (0 points)

Sweden are done with the first half of the U17 World Cup qualification cycle. Their first half of the qualification cycle was quite good - they lost once, drew twice, and won once. At least one of today's matches should be intersting. We'll see what the reigning U17 World Champions (Netherlands) do against Slovakia (who are one of two teams that didn't lose, yet).

Chile Chile vs. Mexico Mexico
Netherlands Netherlands vs. Slovakia Slovakia


Positions: 1st - Turkey (10 points), 2nd - Venezuela (6 points), 3rd - Italy (4 points), 4th - Norway (3 points), 5th - Lithuania (0 points)

Turkey's only hick-up in the first half of the qualification cycle was the match against Italy (a 3-3 draw). Since they have a 4 point lead already, they will finish today in the first place.

Norway Norway vs. Italy Italy
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Venezuela Venezuela


Positions: 1st - New Zealand (4 points), 2nd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (4 points), 3rd - Australia (4 points), 4th - Russia (3 points)

This is the smallest U17 World Cup qualification group. Unlike the other groups, teams in Group E already started the second half of the qualification cycle.

Australia Australia vs. New Zealand New Zealand
Russia Russia vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH


Positions: 1st - Germany (6 points), 2nd - Brazil (6 points), 3rd - India (4 points), 4th - South Africa (4 points), 5th - Thailand (3 points)

This group is surprisingly close. All the teams already lost at least once, and won at least once. India are done with the first half of the qualification cycle. Their biggest problem is scoring gaols, or more precisely, the lack of chances to score.

Germany Germany vs. Thailand Thailand
South Africa South Africa vs. Brazil Brazil


Positions: 1st - Denmark (7 points), 2nd - Slovenia (6 points), 3rd - Austria (4 points), 4th - South Korea (4 points), 5th - Greece (1 point)

This group is not going the way we expected. Slovenia were outclassed by Denmark in the fourth round (3-2), and Denmark are looking like the best team here. Austria are done with the first half of the qualification cycle. Their biggest flop was in the previous round, where they lost 0-1 (though their effort should not be doubted, just their shooting provess in that particular game).

Slovenia Slovenia vs. Greece Greece
South Korea South Korea vs. Denmark Denmark


Positions: 1st - Bolivia (7 points), 2nd - United States of America (7 points), 3rd - China (4 points), 4th - Iceland (4 points), 5th - Malta (0 points)

As expected, Group H is quite competitive. Malta are the only team not up to par. Iceland are done with the first half of the qualification cycle. They didn't do all that badly - their biggest problem is the number of goals they concede (they are currently at 8 for, 8 against).

China China vs. United States of America USA
Malta Malta vs. Bolivia Bolivia


Positions: 1st - Belgium (9 points), 2nd - Romania (9 points), 3rd - Latvia (3 points), 4th - Japan (3 points), 5th - Moldova (0 points)

Romania stay on the sidelines today. Their first half of the qualification cycle was fairly successful (they lost only once, in the third round against Belgium). The Belgians are a pleasant surprise this go around - they could finish the first half of the qualification cycle with full points.

Belgium Belgium vs. Japan Japan
Latvia Latvia vs. Moldova Moldova


Positions: 1st - Poland (9 points), 2nd - Czech republic (9 points), 3rd - Bulgaria (4 points), 4th - Albania (1 point), 5th - Peru (0 points)

Bulgaria are done with the first half of the qualification cycle. With only four points, their prospects this season are not all that stellar.

Poland Poland vs. Czech republic Czech republic
Peru Peru vs. Albania Albania


Positions: 1st - Uruguay (9 points), 2nd - Estonia (7 points), 3rd - Israel (4 points), 4th - Canada (1 point), 5th - Ireland (1 point)

Fourth round saw the first draws in Group K. Ireland and Canada finally earned their first point. Though, going into second half of the qualification cycle with only a point, is not the most promising prospect.

Estonia Estonia vs. Uruguay Uruguay
Canada Canada vs. Israel Israel


Positions: 1st - England (10 points), 2nd - Croatia (5 points), 3rd - Rep. of Montenegro (4 points), 4th - Hungary (3 points), 5th - Bangladesh (0 points)

England have been, hands down the best team in Group L in the first half of the qualification cycle. They only lost points once - their second round draw against Croatia. Since the Croatians already have two draws, England will remain first even after this round (which they skip).

Hungary Hungary vs. Croatia Croatia
Bangladesh Bangladesh vs. Rep. of Montenegro Montenegro



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