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World Cup Qualification - round 9
31.01.2023
Today we have the ninth round of the twenty-third Dugout-Online World Cup Qualification cycle. All the matches kick-off at 18:00 GMT.

World Cup Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (17 points), 2nd - South Africa (10 points), 3rd - Greece (8 points), 4th - Ireland (6 points), 5th - Bangladesh (3 points)

Their latest win secured Slovenia's participation in the World Cup.

Ireland Ireland vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh
South Africa South Africa vs. Greece Greece


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Bulgaria (13 points), 2nd - Serbia (12 points), 3rd - Estonia (10 points), 4th - India (7 points), 5th - Colombia (2 points)

We have an interesting situation in Group B. The top two each have only one match left to play - Bulgaria will play today, while Serbia skip this round and play on Thursday. Both, Estonia and India can still catch the top two.

Colombia Colombia vs. Bulgaria Bulgaria
India India vs. Estonia Estonia


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Austria (14 points), 2nd - Albania (8 points), 3rd - Bolivia (8 points), 4th - Turkey (8 points), 5th - Poland (5 points)

This group is still fairly close, and chances are Albania (the reigning World Champions) will not be defending their title.

Turkey Turkey vs. Albania Albania
Bolivia Bolivia vs. Austria Austria


 Group D
Positions: 1st - United States of America (14 points), 2nd - Malta (12 points), 3rd - Canada (12 points), 4th - Rep. of Montenegro (5 points), 5th - Israel (1 point)

Unlike Malta and Canada, United States of America still have both qualification games left to play - one win, and their participation in the World Cup would be secured.

USA United States of America vs. Israel Israel
Montenegro Rep. of Montenegro vs. Malta Malta


 Group E
Positions: 1st - Hungary (12 points), 2nd - Latvia (9 points), 3rd - Italy (9 points), 4th - France (6 points), 5th - Denmark (6 points)

Things are still pretty open in Group E. This is Hungary's last round, and they pretty much need a win in order to stay in a qualification position.

Italy Italy vs. Hungary Hungary
Latvia Latvia vs. France France


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (19 points), 2nd - China (11 points), 3rd - New Zealand (5 points), 4th - Chile (4 points), 5th - Czech republic (4 points)

The eighth round draw was plenty enough for Netherlands to secure their participation in the World Cup. After their eight round win China are almost there, they just need a point and they will qualify as well.

New Zealand New Zealand vs. Chile Chile
Czech republic Czech republic vs. China China


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Romania (14 points), 2nd - Germany (8 points), 3rd - Iceland (8 points), 4th - Scotland (7 points), 5th - England (6 points)

With their latest win, Romania secured their participation in the World Cup. While Germany and Iceland could both still catch them, the two play against each-other in the last round.

England England vs. Iceland Iceland
Germany Germany vs. Scotland Scotland


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Sweden (12 points), 2nd - Australia (11 points), 3rd - Japan (7 points), 4th - Norway (6 points), 5th - Peru (6 points)

Australia did a good job defeating Japan in the eighth round. Though they skip this round, no one can catch them today.

Norway Norway vs. Peru Peru
Sweden Sweden vs. Japan Japan


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Brazil (10 points), 2nd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (10 points), 3rd - Russia (7 points), 4th - Finland (7 points)

Brazil and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be going to the World Cup from Group I.



 Group J
Positions: 1st - Croatia (12 points), 2nd - Thailand (10 points), 3rd - Uruguay (9 points), 4th - Venezuela (8 points), 5th - Argentina (4 points)

No goals fell in the eighth round of Group J. Since they skip this round, Thailand are in trouble, and need to hope that results will again be lacklustre.

Croatia Croatia vs. Uruguay Uruguay
Venezuela Venezuela vs. Argentina Argentina


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Belgium (12 points), 2nd - Mexico (8 points), 3rd - Spain (8 points), 4th - Algeria (8 points), 5th - Switzerland (6 points)

This group is still fairly open. Since Belgium play their last match today, they need a positive result. Spain skip this round, and will play their last game on Thursday.

Mexico Mexico vs. Belgium Belgium
Algeria Algeria vs. Switzerland Switzerland


 Group L
Positions: 1st - South Korea (12 points), 2nd - Moldova (12 points), 3rd -Portugal (8 points), 4th - Lithuania (6 points), 5th - Slovakia (6 points)

Lithuania are the only team that can still catch the top two. But, their chances of accomplishing that, are minuscule.

South Korea South Korea vs. Moldova Moldova
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Slovakia Slovakia



World Cup Under-21 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Bolivia (16 points), 2nd - Ireland (12 points), 3rd - Belgium (8 points), 4th - Finland (7 points), 5th - Colombia (3 points)

With their latest win, Bolivia (the reigning U21 World Champions) secured their participation in the 23rd U21 World Cup.
Since Belgium drew, and since this is their last round, they will be staying at home this season. Finland are technically the only team that can still catch Ireland, it's just that their chances are not overly good.

Finland Finland vs. Bolivia Bolivia
Ireland Ireland vs. Belgium Belgium


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Switzerland (21 points), 2nd - United States of America (9 points), 3rd - Netherlands (6 points), 4th - Scotland (5 points), 5th - Slovakia (3 points)

Switzerland will go to the 23rd U21 World Cup. The second place is still undecided - though the eighth round win allowed United States of America to have a bit of a breathing room.


Netherlands Netherlands vs. Switzerland Switzerland
Slovakia Slovakia vs. Scotland Scotland


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Brazil (13 points), 2nd - Albania (13 points), 3rd - Uruguay (5 points), 4th - Canada (2 points)

Brazil and Albania will go to the U21 World Cup from Group C.

Brazil Brazil vs. Albania Albania
Canada Canada vs. Uruguay Uruguay


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Portugal (15 points), 2nd - Turkey (12 points), 3rd - Mexico (10 points), 4th - Australia (5 points), 5th - Rep. of Montenegro (1 point)

With their latest win, Portugal secured their place in the 23rd U21 World Cup. Turkey and Mexico are still fighting for the second position. But since each team only has one match left to play, Turkey definitely have the advantage.

Australia Australia vs. Mexico Mexico
Montenegro Rep. of Montenegro vs. Portugal Portugal


 Group E
Positions: 1st - Serbia (15 points), 2nd - Venezuela (12 points), 3rd - Slovenia (10 points), 4th - Iceland (5 points), 5th - Israel (1 point)

Excellent eighth round win for Slovenia. And since the top two only have one match left, Slovenia's chances of moving into top two are not that bad.

Israel Israel vs. Serbia Serbia
Iceland Iceland vs. Slovenia Slovenia


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Poland (10 points), 2nd - Japan (10 points), 3rd - Algeria (9 points), 4th - Latvia (9 points), 5th - Bosnia and Herzegovina (7 points)

The eight round games made the situation in Group F even closer. Since Poland skip this round, chances are excellent they will drop down the table. This is the last round for Algeria, and anything but a win will be a bad result.

Latvia Latvia vs. Algeria Algeria
Japan Japan vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Croatia (12 points), 2nd - Moldova (11 points), 3rd - France (9 points), 4th - Greece (6 points), 5th - New Zealand (5 points)

Amazingly, with their eighth round win, Greece are back in the fight for a qualification position (though their chances are still negligible).

Croatia Croatia vs. Greece Greece
France France vs. New Zealand New Zealand


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Romania (16 points), 2nd - South Korea (9 points), 3rd - Chile (7 points), 4th - Lithuania (6 points), 5th - Peru (5 points)

Romania will be going to the U21 World Cup.
Pretty much the only team that benefitted from the two wight round draws was the one that didn't play it - South Korea remained second.

South Korea South Korea vs. Peru Peru
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Romania Romania


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Estonia (18 points), 2nd - Italy (11 points), 3rd - Czech republic (9 points), 4th - South Africa (6 points), 5th - Austria (2 points)

Estonia will be going to the 23rd U21 World Cup, but the second place is still in question. There are three teams still in the fight. And while it might seem South Africa are in a weak position, they are the only team (of the three) that will play both of the remaining games.

Estonia Estonia vs. Austria Austria
South Africa South Africa vs. Italy Italy


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Denmark (14 points), 2nd - Bulgaria (12 points), 3rd - Argentina (10 points), 4th - China (9 points), 5th - India (1 point)

India got their first point, and it was against Denmark. Instead of securing their position, Denmark are now in danger of losing it.
Of the four vying for the two qualification positions, Bulgaria are the only team with one match left to play.

Denmark Denmark vs. China China
Argentina Argentina vs. India India


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Spain (13 points), 2nd - Germany (13 points), 3rd - Norway (10 points), 4th - Bangladesh (9 points), 5th - Russia (1 point)

We saw two close matches in the eighth round, with Germany the only team that won. Since Norway play their last game today, and since Germany skip this round, things could change completely by Thursday night.

Spain Spain vs. Norway Norway
Russia Russia vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Hungary (14 points), 2nd - England (13 points), 3rd - Thailand (10 points), 4th - Sweden (6 points), 5th - Malta (3 points)

The two away teams (Hungary and Thailand) won in the eighth round, resulting in a switch of positions. Since one of the teams that lost was Sweden, and since today is their last qualification round, they no longer have a chance of moving up into second place.

Thailand Thailand vs. England England
Malta Malta vs. Sweden Sweden




World Cup Under-19 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Iceland (11 points), 2nd - China (10 points), 3rd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (10 points), 4th - Latvia (2 points)

While Bosnia and Herzegovina managed to defeat China in the last round, it was not by enough - Iceland and China will be going to the U19 World Cup from Group A.



 Group B
Positions: 1st - Croatia (14 points), 2nd - Malta (12 points), 3rd - Denmark (11 points), 4th - Estonia (6 points), 5th - Israel (0 points)

Nothing is clear in Group B yet. Tough, since Croatia and Denmark wach have only one qualification match left, Malta are (theoretically) in the best position.

Malta Malta vs. Estonia Estonia
Israel Israel vs. Denmark Denmark


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Brazil (16 points), 2nd - Spain (10 points), 3rd - Canada (8 points), 4th - Thailand (7 points), 5th - Bangladesh (4 points)

Brazil will be going to the 23rd U19 World Cup, but the second place is still up for grabs - Spain defeated Canada in the eighth round, and moved up from fourth to second. Since today is Spain's last qualification round, they need a win in order to have a chance of staying second.

Brazil Brazil vs. Spain Spain
Canada Canada vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh


 Group D
Positions: 1st - United States of America (18 points), 2nd - Rep. of Montenegro (11 points), 3rd - Lithuania (9 points), 4th - Slovakia (8 points), 5th - Peru (0 points)

United States of America will be going to the U19 World Cup from Group D.
Slovakia needed a win, but all they got was a draw. And since Rep. of Montenegro and Lithuania play against each-other today, there is no way for Slovakia to move higher than third.

USA United States of America vs. Peru Peru
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Rep. of Montenegro Montenegro


 Group E
Positions: 1st - France (16 points), 2nd - Italy (14 points), 3rd - Colombia (7 points), 4th - New Zealand (4 points), 5th - Mexico (4 points)

With their latest wins (4-0 and 0-3), France and Italy secured their place in this season's U19 World Cup.

France France vs. Italy Italy
Colombia Colombia vs. Mexico Mexico


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Austria (13 points), 2nd - Hungary (12 points), 3rd - Australia (11 points), 4th - Venezuela (6 points), 5th - Moldova (4 points)

Playing with only ten players cost Austria dearly. And since they lost to Hungary, the result was also pretty bad for Australia (who skipped the eighth round). This is Austria's last qualification round, and another loss would pretty much doom them.

Hungary Hungary vs. Venezuela Venezuela
Australia Australia vs. Austria Austria


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (21 points), 2nd - India (10 points), 3rd - Chile (7 points), 4th - Netherlands (6 points), 5th - Uruguay (3 points)

Slovenia will be going to the U19 World Cup, and the second place could be decided tonight. This is India's last qualification match, and since they play against Chile, a win would mean India will be joining Slovenia at this season's U19 World Cup. But if they don't, things will become interesting for the middle three teams.


Chile Chile vs. India India
Netherlands Netherlands vs. Uruguay Uruguay


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Romania (15 points), 2nd - Switzerland (10 points), 3rd - Albania (9 points), 4th - South Africa (5 points), 5th - South Korea (4 points)

The two eight round draws (0-0 and 1-1) were a good result for Switzerland (the reigning U19 World Champions), as they remained in second.
South Africa needed a win in order to still have a chance of catching the second. Unfortunately, all they got was a draw, and the one point was not enough for them to remain in the competition (even if they win today, the best they can do is keep the fourth place).

Albania Albania vs. South Korea South Korea
Switzerland Switzerland vs. South Africa South Africa


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Poland (21 points), 2nd - Ireland (13 points), 3rd - Belgium (7 points), 4th - Russia (4 points), 5th - Greece (1 point)

Poland will be going to the U19 World Cup.
This is Belgium's last qualification round, and all they need to ensure they'll be going to the U19 World Cup, is get a positive result.

Belgium Belgium vs. Ireland Ireland
Russia Russia vs. Greece Greece


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Portugal (19 points), 2nd - Algeria (13 points), 3rd - Japan (8 points), 4th - Finland (2 points), 5th - Bulgaria (2 points)

Portugal will be going to the U19 World Cup, and the second place could be decided tonight.

Finland Finland vs. Bulgaria Bulgaria
Japan Japan vs. Algeria Algeria


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Norway (15 points), 2nd - Bolivia (11 points), 3rd - Sweden (10 points), 4th - Scotland (5 points), 5th - Czech republic (4 points)

Bolivia had an unfortunate eighth round game. They needed a win against Sweden, but what they got was a loss. Now Bolivia are in trouble. This is their last match, and they need to win in order to have a chance.

Norway Norway vs. Bolivia Bolivia
Sweden Sweden vs. Czech republic Czech republic


 Group L
Positions: 1st - England (12 points), 2nd - Germany (12 points), 3rd - Turkey (11 points), 4th - Serbia (7 points), 5th - Argentina (1 point)

With two draws (2-2 and 1-1) in the eighth round, things are still fairly open in Group L. Germany and Turkey each only have one game left to play, while England and Serbia still have two.

Argentina Argentina vs. Turkey Turkey
England England vs. Serbia Serbia




World Cup Under-17 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Croatia (18 points), 2nd - Romania (16 points), 3rd - Slovakia (7 points), 4th - Bulgaria (3 points), 5th - Thailand (3 points)

Croatia and Romania have enough of a lead that they ensured, they will be going to the 23rd U17 World Cup.

Romania Romania vs. Croatia Croatia
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Slovakia Slovakia


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Denmark (16 points), 2nd - Venezuela (7 points), 3rd - Moldova (6 point), 4th - Uruguay (4 points)

We had an interesting last round in Group B. While we've known for a while that Denmark will be going to the U17 World Cup, the second place was still up for grabs. Venezuela and Moldova played against one another, and their game ended in a draw. Since that was the prerequisite for Uruguay to have a chance, the second match between them and Denmark was also important. But, since Uruguay lost, the one point was plenty enough for Venezuela to stay second.



 Group C
Positions: 1st - Switzerland (15 points), 2nd - Chile (13 points), 3rd - Canada (8 points), 4th - India (7 points), 5th - Bangladesh (2 points)

Switzerland and Chile will be going to the U17 World Cup from Group C.

Chile Chile vs. Switzerland Switzerland
Bangladesh Bangladesh vs. Canada Canada


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Algeria (16 points), 2nd - Colombia (9 points), 3rd - Hungary (7 points), 4th - Austria (6 points), 5th - Iceland (6 points)

Their eighth round win ensured Algeria will be going to the U17 World Cup. The second place is still fairly open, only Iceland have no chance of moving up there.

Colombia Colombia vs. Austria Austria
Hungary Hungary vs. Algeria Algeria


 Group E
Positions: 1st - Serbia (15 points), 2nd - Turkey (15 points), 3rd - Greece (9 points), 4th - Germany (6 points), 5th - Russia (3 points)

Greece are the only team remaining that still have a chance of catching up with the top two - just not a good one.

Serbia Serbia vs. Greece Greece
Turkey Turkey vs. Russia Russia


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Spain (14 points), 2nd - Bolivia (8 points), 3rd - Israel (8 points), 4th - Japan (7 points), 5th - Malta (5 points)

Even though they didn't play in the eighth round, things went well for Spain, and they officially became the first team to qualify for the 23rd U17 World Cup from Group F. Israel are the first team to lose against Malta. An unfortunate result for them, since they needed a win to keep in front of Bolivia. Bolivia are the only one of the three (Bolivia, Israel, and Japan) that will play both remaining qualification matches.

Spain Spain vs. Japan Japan
Bolivia Bolivia vs. Malta Malta


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Sweden (15 points), 2nd - South Africa (11 points), 3rd - Australia (10 points), 4th - South Korea (2 points), 5th - Czech republic (2 points)

With their latest win, Sweden ensured their participation in the U17 World Cup. South Africa, even though they are currently second, are in danger of losing their qualification spot. They drew against Australia, and since this is their last game, Australia have a chance of catching them.

Australia Australia vs. Czech republic Czech republic
South Korea South Korea vs. South Africa South Africa


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Norway (14 points), 2nd - New Zealand (11 points), 3rd - Scotland (8 points), 4th - Finland (7 points), 5th - United States of America (3 points)

Finland and United States of America no longer have a chance of catching the top two.

New Zealand New Zealand vs. United States of America USA
Norway Norway vs. Scotland Scotland


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Lithuania (19 points), 2nd - England (12 points), 3rd - Estonia (7 points), 4th - Argentina (6 points), 5th - Ireland (3 points)

Lithuania's excellent victory against England (the reigning U17 World Champions), ensured they will be going to the U17 World Cup this season. The Estonians were supremely unlucky in their eighth round match, losing to Argentina. While Estonia still have a chance of moving up into second, it's not a terribly good one.
Argentina and Ireland have no chance of catching up to the top two, and will be staying at home this season.

England England vs. Estonia Estonia
Ireland Ireland vs. Lithuania Lithuania


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Bosnia and Herzegovina (18 points), 2nd - Mexico (10 points), 3rd - China (9 points), 4th - France (5 points), 5th - Rep. of Montenegro (4 point)

Their last win ensured Bosnia and Herzegovina will be going to the U17 World Cup.
France and Rep. of Montenegro no longer have any chance of catching up with the top two.
BiH Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. China China
Mexico Mexico vs. Rep. of Montenegro Montenegro


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (16 points), 2nd - Poland (15 points), 3rd - Latvia (9 points), 4th - Netherlands (7 points), 5th - Italy (0 points)

Netherlands lost their last chance for catching up with the top two - their game against Slovenia ended with 0-1. That game ensured Slovenia will be going to the 23rd U17 World Cup.
This is Italy's last match. Can they get at least a point and finish this season on a positive note?

Latvia Latvia vs. Netherlands Netherlands
Poland Poland vs. Italy Italy


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Brazil (19 points), 2nd - Portugal (13 points), 3rd - Belgium (7 points), 4th - Albania (3 points), 5th - Peru (2 points)

Brazil will go to the U17 World Cup and we could get the decision of who the second team will be today. This is Portugal's last qualification match. If they get a positive result, they will be the ones going to the U17 World Cup. But if they lose, they'll need to wait and see what Belgium can do against Peru in the last round.


Belgium Belgium vs. Portugal Portugal
Albania Albania vs. Peru Peru



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