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World Cup Qualification - round 9
07.12.2021
Today we have the ninth round of the twentieth Dugout-Online World Cup Qualification cycle. All the matches kick-off at 18:00 GMT.

World Cup Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (15 points), 2nd - Malta (15 points), 3rd - India (10 points), 4th - Germany (5 points), 5th - Czech republic (1 point)

Malta defeated India in the eighth round - an important win. India have a problem now. They need to win (away) against Slovenia in order to have at least a chance of catching up to Malta.

Slovenia Slovenia vs. India India
Czech republic Czech republic vs. Germany Germany


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Denmark (16 points), 2nd - Latvia (13 points), 3rd - Scotland (9 points), 4th - Switzerland (7 points), 5th - Bolivia (1 point)

With their latest win (against Bolivia), Denmark secured their participation in the World Cup. If Latvia win, they will be the other team from Group B to go to the World Cup. If they lose then Switzerland, and Scotland have a chance (though Scotland need to defeat Denmark, which is not all that likely).

Scotland Scotland vs. Denmark Denmark
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Latvia Latvia


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Croatia (17 points), 2nd - Estonia (7 points), 3rd - Australia (6 points), 4th - England (6 points), 5th - Brazil (6 points)

We have quite a fight for the second place in Group C. Since Estonia skip this round, they need to hope that the results will go their way today (draw between Brazil and Australia, and Croatia defeating England).

Brazil Brazil vs. Australia Australia
England England vs. Croatia Croatia


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Portugal (8 points), 2nd - Japan (7 points), 3rd - Belgium (6 points), 4th - Venezuela (6 points)

Group D has only one match left, and it will be played in two days time. Since Belgium defeated Japan, and Venezuela defeated Portugal, everyone still has a chance.

 Group E
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (14 points), 2nd - Hungary (12 points), 3rd - South Africa (8 points), 4th - Iceland (6 points), 5th - United States of America (6 points)

South Africa lost to Hungary in the eighth round and they needed a win. Since they have only one match left to play, there is no way they can catch the Hungarians. Netherlands won the other eighth round match (against USA) - they are the first team in Group E to qualify for the World Cup. Iceland and USA still have a chance ... just not a good one.

USA United States of America vs. Hungary Hungary
Iceland Iceland vs. Netherlands Netherlands


 Group F
Positions: 1st - South Korea (18 points), 2nd - Albania (13 points), 3rd - Argentina (6 points), 4th - Greece (6 points), 5th - Bangladesh (4 points)

Albania did just enough to secure the second place, and will join South Korea in the 20th World Cup. Greece won their second match in a row - it is unfortunate their first manager didn't do anything for them (even just a point from before would have kept the Greeks in contention for a bit longer).

Argentina Argentina vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh
Albania Albania vs. Greece Greece


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Poland (21 points), 2nd - Sweden (10 points), 3rd - Finland (7 points), 4th - Bulgaria (4 points), 5th - Russia (1 point)

Poland defeated Sweden in the eight round, giving Bulgaria and Finland a chance to catch up.

Finland Finland vs. Russia Russia
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Sweden Sweden


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Italy (15 points), 2nd - Ireland (10 points), 3rd - Lithuania (7 points), 4th - Canada (6 points), 5th - Uruguay (4 points)

Today is the last round for Italy. They are in an excellent position, but a win today would ensure they stay first no matter what. Uruguay are out. They again lost 1-0, this time against hosted Lithuania (Uruguay will need to do something about their attacking line for the next season).

Canada Canada vs. Lithuania Lithuania
Ireland Ireland vs. Italy Italy


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Turkey (17 points), 2nd - France (10 points), 3rd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (6 points), 4th - Thailand (6 points), 5th - Mexico (4 points)

Turkey are the first team in Group I to qualify for the World Cup. Mexico are almost out, anything but a win today would spell doom for them.

BiH Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Mexico Mexico
France France vs. Thailand Thailand


 Group J
Positions: 1st - China (17 points), 2nd - Serbia (11 points), 3rd - Israel (9 point), 4th - Moldova (4 points), 5th - Slovakia (4 points)

Slovakia finally won in this qualification cycle, and with their win, they doomed Moldova to their fate. China won again. Their latest win secured their participation in the 20th World Cup.

Serbia Serbia vs. Slovakia Slovakia
Moldova Moldova vs. Israel Israel


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Colombia (11 points), 2nd - Romania (10 points), 3rd - Peru (10 points), 4th - Austria (9 points), 5th - Algeria (0 points)

Things changed in Group K. Austria and Romania drew in the eight round, allowing Peru to leapfrog them. Though, since Peru skip this round, they could be back down in third today.

Romania Romania vs. Algeria Algeria
Colombia Colombia vs. Austria Austria


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Republic of Montenegro (13 points), 2nd - New Zealand (13 points), 3rd - Norway (10 points), 4th - Chile (6 points), 5th - Spain (4 points)

After two losses New Zealand rallied and defeated their direct rivals, Norway. Today is the last match for New Zealand - they need to make the best of it. Chile and Spain are officially out.

Norway Norway vs. Chile Chile
Spain Spain vs. New Zealand New Zealand



World Cup Under-21 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Moldova (15 points), 2nd - China (10 points), 3rd - Germany (9 points), 4th - Australia (7 points), 5th - Canada (3 points)

A marvellous eight round match for China saw them defeating Moldova (2-3). China moved up to second. Germany drew (away) against Australia (1-1), and they dropped down to third. Since China won, Canada are officially out. Australia are also out. Even if they win today, and Germany lose, they would be at least a point behind by the end - China and Germany play in the last round - whoever wins will go to the World Cup.

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Germany Germany vs. Moldova Moldova
Canada Canada vs. Australia Australia


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (17 points), 2nd - Serbia (14 points), 3rd - Netherlands (10 points), 4th - Bulgaria (2 points), 5th - Belgium (1 point)

Slovenia and Serbia drew in the eighth round. Since all that Serbia needed was a point, they will join Slovenia at the 20th U21 World Cup.

Serbia Serbia vs. Belgium Belgium
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Slovenia Slovenia


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Slovakia (13 points), 2nd - Albania (10 points), 3rd - Colombia (9 points), 4th - Ireland (8 points), 5th - Bangladesh (4 points)

Bangladesh lost in the eighth round, and they needed a win. There is no way for them to move up to second anymore. But, the other four all still have a chance. Albania could be in the worst position of the four. This is their last match, and even a win might not be enough.

Colombia Colombia vs. Slovakia Slovakia
Ireland Ireland vs. Albania Albania


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Israel (15 points), 2nd - Iceland (12 points), 3rd - Japan (11 points), 4th - Hungary (6 points), 5th - Venezuela (2 points)

We have an interesting situation in Group D. If Japan win today, they have a chance of moving up. If Israel win, then they are safe. If they lose, then they could potentially go (after the last round) down to third (their goal difference isn't that great). Since Hungary and Venezuela lost in the eight round, they are both out.

Japan Japan vs. Israel Israel
Venezuela Venezuela vs. Iceland Iceland


 Group E
Positions: 1st - Algeria (13 points), 2nd - Scotland (12 points), 3rd - Portugal (11 points), 4th - India (6 points), 5th - Austria (3 points)

India and Algeria had quite a game in the eighth round. The two were equal in most things, even goals - the game ended 4-4. The draw did very little for India who are already out, but Algeria could have problems.

Scotland Scotland vs. India India
Algeria Algeria vs. Portugal Portugal


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Poland (18 points), 2nd - England (16 points), 3rd - Czech republic (4 points), 4th - Spain (3 points), 5th - Lithuania (1 point)

England won in the eighth round, and that was all they needed to secure their place in the 20th U21 World Cup.

Poland Poland vs. England England
Spain Spain vs. Czech republic Czech republic


 Group G
Positions: 1st - New Zealand (10 points), 2nd - Malta (10 points), 3rd - South Korea (10 points), 4th - Peru (8 points), 5th - Latvia (7 points)

Group G continues with great matches. In the eighth round, New Zealand and Peru drew (1-1), while Malta lost to South Korea (2-3). Today is Malta's last match, and they need to win. Even though they don't play today, chances are Peru will be out - if Malta and South Korea or New Zealand win, Peru can't catch them anymore.

Latvia Latvia vs. Malta Malta
South Korea South Korea vs. New Zealand New Zealand


 Group H
Positions: 1st - France (11 points), 2nd - Thailand (11 points), 3rd - Uruguay (5 points), 4th - Finland (0 points)

With their latest wins, France and Thailand qualified for the U21 World Cup. There is only one match left in Group H (in two days time), and there is no way Uruguay or Finland could catch them.

 Group I
Positions: 1st - Bolivia (14 points), 2nd - Italy (12 points), 3rd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (10 points), 4th - United States of America (6 points), 5th - Argentina (3 points)

Even though they only drew in the eighth round (against USA), Bolivia are the first team in Group I to qualify for the U21 World Cup. Today is their last game - a win would ensured they not only go to the U21 World Cup, but also remain first. Bosnia and Herzegovina are in an unenviable position. They skip today's round, and need to hope that Italy loses (which is also USAs sentiment). Argentina's loss in the eight round means they have no chance of catching anyone other than USA.

Italy Italy vs. Bolivia Bolivia
USA United States of America vs. Argentina Argentina


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Switzerland (14 points), 2nd - Turkey (13 points), 3rd - Estonia (13 points), 4th - Greece (3 points), 5th - Mexico (1 point)

Switzerland lost for the first time this season, and it couldn't have come at worse time. Turkey and Estonia are both just a point behind them. And even though the two play against one another today, Estonia have a relatively easy last game, while Switzerland will be hosting Turkey.

Turkey Turkey vs. Estonia Estonia
Greece Greece vs. Mexico Mexico


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Romania (16 points), 2nd - Chile (10 points), 3rd - Brazil (8 points), 4th - Rep. of Montenegro (7 points), 5th - Russia (4 points)

Their latest win ensured Romania will be one of the competitors in the 20th U21 World Cup. Since Russia lost to Chile in the eighth round, they are out. Republic of Montenegro still have chance, though not a good one. If Chile or Brazil win today, that will be it for Republic of Montenegro

Brazil Brazil vs. Russia Russia
Chile Chile vs. Romania Romania


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Norway (19 points), 2nd - Denmark (12 points), 3rd - Croatia (7 points), 4th - Sweden (7 points), 5th - South Africa (1 point)

Norway, and Sweden won in the eighth round. Norway are the first team in Group L to qualify for the U21 World Cup, while Sweden ensured they remain in the contention.

Croatia Croatia vs. Sweden Sweden
Denmark Denmark vs. Norway Norway



World Cup Under-19 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (18 points), 2nd - England (15 points), 3rd - Austria (12 points), 4th - Finland (3 points), 5th - Bulgaria (0 points)

It's the last match for England - a win would ensure they will go to the U19 World Cup. Since Austria play against Netherlands in the last round, England could get away even with a loss today.

Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Netherlands Netherlands
Austria Austria vs. England England


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Serbia (18 points), 2nd - Algeria (15 points), 3rd - Colombia (7 points), 4th - Lithuania (3 points), 5th - China (1 point)

All is over here since the last round - Serbia and Algeria will play in the U19 World Cup.

Colombia Colombia vs. Serbia Serbia
China China vs. Lithuania Lithuania


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Brazil (19 points), 2nd - Latvia (14 points), 3rd - Japan (6 points), 4th - Mexico (4 points), 5th - Canada (1 point)

Things have been settled since the last round in Group C - Brazil and Latvia will be going to the 20th U19 World Cup.

Latvia Latvia vs. Brazil Brazil
Mexico Mexico vs. Canada Canada


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Scotland (12 points), 2nd - United States of America (11 points), 3rd - Portugal (8 points), 4th - Norway (7 points), 5th - Czech republic (5 points)

Norway (a team we thought would win the group) are out (this is their last round). They lost, at home, to USA in the eighth round. Portugal and Scotland drew in the last round. Czech republic still have a chance, though it's not a good one.

Czech republic Czech republic vs. Norway Norway
USA United States of America vs. Portugal Portugal


 Group E
Positions: 1st - France (14 points), 2nd - Venezuela (13 points), 3rd - Bolivia (6 points), 4th - Spain (5 points), 5th - Australia (1 point)

All is decided in Group E - France and Venezuela will go to the 19 World Cup.

France France vs. Bolivia Bolivia
Australia Australia vs. Venezuela Venezuela


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Republic of Montenegro (18 points), 2nd - Slovenia (15 points), 3rd - Albania (9 points), 4th - India (3 points), 5th - Russia (3 points)

Republic of Montenegro's latest win ensured they will play in the 20th U19 World Cup. Since Albania also won, they still have a (theoretical) chance of catching up to Slovenia.

Slovenia Slovenia vs. India India
Albania Albania vs. Russia Russia


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Uruguay (12 points), 2nd - Chile (9 points), 3rd - Peru (9 points), 4th - Bangladesh (7 points), 5th - Sweden (5 points)

Sweden's manager failed in the eighth round, and Sweden lost badly - but it was a good win for Uruguay. A win today against Peru would ensure Uruguay would be one of the teams going to the U19 World Cup.

Peru Peru vs. Uruguay Uruguay
Sweden Sweden vs. Chile Chile


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Argentina (16 points), 2nd - Turkey (13 points), 3rd - Hungary (9 points), 4th - Estonia (9 points), 5th - Thailand (0 points)

Though they only drew against Turkey in the eighth round, Argentina have a sufficient amount of points to qualify for the U19 World Cup. Even though they won, Estonia are out - they needed Argentina to win.

Hungary Hungary vs. Turkey Turkey
Thailand Thailand vs. Estonia Estonia


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Belgium (14 points), 2nd - Moldova (13 points), 3rd - Germany (11 points), 4th - Bosnia and Herzegovina (5 points), 5th - South Africa (1 point)

Belgium defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the eighth round, and Germany defeated South Africa. Both matches ended 3-1. Bosnia and Herzegovina needed a win - they have no chance of moving into a qualification spot.

BiH Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Germany Germany
Moldova Moldova vs. Belgium Belgium


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Romania (19 points), 2nd - Italy (13 points), 3rd - Ireland (9 points), 4th - Iceland (6 points), 5th - Greece (0 points)

With their latest win (against Iceland) Romania secured their participation in the U19 World Cup. Italy are almost there - their last match will against Iceland (a team that is already out).

Greece Greece vs. Romania Romania
Iceland Iceland vs. Ireland Ireland


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Croatia (15 points), 2nd - Slovakia (9 points), 3rd - New Zealand (3 points), 4th - Israel (3 points)

Slovakia won against Israel in the fifth round (this group has only six) - the win was enough for them to secure the second qualification spot for the U19 World Cup.

 Group L
Positions: 1st - Denmark (17 points), 2nd - Poland (15 points), 3rd - Switzerland (8 points), 4th - South Korea (4 points), 5th - Malta (1 point)

Withe their latest wins, Denmark and Poland secured their places in the 20th U19 World Cup.

South Korea South Korea vs. Poland Poland
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Malta Malta



World Cup Under-17 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Uruguay (13 points), 2nd - Rep. of Montenegro (13 points), 3rd - Sweden (11 points), 4th - South Korea (7 points), 5th - Czech republic (1 point)

Sweden lost at a crucial point. They hosted Uruguay in the eighth round, and lost (3-5). Sweden and Republic of Montenegro both have only one match left - Sweden today, Republic of Montenegro in two days time. As expected, Czech republic are out, but South Korea still has a (technical) chance.

Uruguay Uruguay vs. Czech republic Czech republic
South Korea South Korea vs. Sweden Sweden


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Poland (18 points), 2nd - Slovenia (11 points), 3rd - Hungary (7 points), 4th - Belgium (7 points), 5th - Bulgaria (0 points)

Poland had another great victory, this time against Slovenia. This latest victory earned Poland a place in the U17 World Cup. But, we do still have a lively fight for the second position.

Belgium Belgium vs. Poland Poland
Slovenia Slovenia vs. Hungary Hungary


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Switzerland (18 points), 2nd - Scotland (10 points), 3rd - Slovakia (9 points), 4th - Greece (7 points), 5th - Israel (3 points)

Greece needed a win in the eighth round, and they only managed a draw. Unfortunately for them, they can not move to second anymore.

Slovakia Slovakia vs. Scotland Scotland
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Israel Israel


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Estonia (19 points), 2nd - Portugal (16 points), 3rd - Finland (6 points), 4th - Chile (3 points), 5th - Venezuela (3 points)

Estonia and Portugal are the two teams that will go to the U17 World Cup from Group D.

Chile Chile vs. Finland Finland
Portugal Portugal vs. Venezuela Venezuela


 Group E
Positions: 1st - Serbia (13 points), 2nd - Brazil (11 points), 3rd - Spain (9 points), 4th - Bosnia and Herzegovina (8 points), 5th - Ireland (3 points)

Unfortunately for Ireland, they lost in the eighth round, and they are out. The rest of them are still in the fight, though Bosnia and Herzegovina could be out even though they don't play today.

Serbia Serbia vs. Brazil Brazil
Spain Spain vs. Ireland Ireland


 Group F
Positions: 1st - United States of America (13 points), 2nd - Latvia (10 points), 3rd - Thailand (9 points), 4th - China (5 points), 5th - Lithuania (3 points)

USAs latest win earned them a place in the 20th U17 World Cup. Lithuania managed to draw against China. Though the draw did nothing for them, it did pretty much ruin China's chances of going to the U17 World Cup. Thailand are in trouble. They need to hope Latvia doesn't defeat Lithuania today.

China China vs. United States of America USA
Latvia Latvia vs. Lithuania Lithuania


 Group G
Positions: 1st - New Zealand (9 points), 2nd - Austria (8 points), 3rd - India (6 points), 4th - Canada (2 points)

Canada failed to win in the eighth round (they got their second draw - against New Zealand). This means they have no chance of catching up to the top two. Austria won the second eighth round match, against India - the two switched places.

 Group H
Positions: 1st - Turkey (15 points), 2nd - France (10 points), 3rd - Australia (9 points), 4th - Bangladesh (7 point), 5th - Colombia (6 points)

Turkey are the first team from Group H to qualify for the U17 World Cup. Though in theory, both, France and Australia could catch them, the two play against one another in the last round. Bangladesh are almost out - they need to hope France and Australia lose today.

Australia Australia vs. Turkey Turkey
Colombia Colombia vs. France France


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Norway (17 points), 2nd - Bolivia (10 points), 3rd - Denmark (8 points), 4th - South Africa (5 points), 5th - Mexico (3 points)

Denmark lost to Norway, while Bolivia defeated Mexico in the eighth round. As a result, Bolivia and Denmark switched places, while Mexico lost their last chance of catching up to second.

Denmark Denmark vs. Mexico Mexico
South Africa South Africa vs. Norway Norway


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Croatia (18 points), 2nd - Japan (12 points), 3rd - Russia (9 points), 4th - Peru (4 points), 5th - Moldova (4 points)

With their sixth win in a row, Croatia secured their participation in the 20th U17 World Cup. Japan won the second match, and they are one step closer to joining Croatia.

Croatia Croatia vs. Japan Japan
Peru Peru vs. Moldova Moldova


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Algeria (15 points), 2nd - Albania (15 points), 3rd - Italy (8 points), 4th - Malta (6 points), 5th - Iceland (1 point)

Algeria and Albania will go to the 20th U17 World Cup from Group K.

Malta Malta vs. Algeria Algeria
Iceland Iceland vs. Italy Italy


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Romania (15 points), 2nd - Argentina (15 points), 3rd - England (7 points), 4th - Netherlands (6 points), 5th - Germany (2 points)

Romania and Argentina will be going to the U17 World Cup from Group L.

England England vs. Germany Germany
Romania Romania vs. Netherlands Netherlands



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