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World Cup Qualification - round 9
02.03.2021
Today we have the ninth round of the eighteenth Dugout-Online World Cup Qualification cycle. All the matches kick-off at 18:00 GMT.

World Cup Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (18 points), 2nd - Romania (11 points), 3rd - Portugal (7 points), 4th - Uruguay (6 points), 5th - Albania (2 points)

Netherlands qualified for the World Cup, and will remain first. We could have the second qualifier from this group today - Romania need a point, to stay ahead of Portugal 'till the end. Uruguay, and Albania played seven matches already, and have no chance of catching the top two.

Netherlands Netherlands vs. Albania Albania
Portugal Portugal vs. Romania Romania


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Finland (13 points), 2nd - Moldova (12 points), 3rd - Germany (10 points), 4th - Brazil (9 points), 5th - Australia (3 points)

Brazil need a win today, as this is their last qualification match. Though, even with a win, chances are slim they could get the second place. Finland skip this round - in the last round, they'll play against Australia.

Australia Australia vs. Germany Germany
Moldova Moldova vs. Brazil Brazil


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Algeria (12 points), 2nd - India (10 points), 3rd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (9 point), 4th - Colombia (6 points), 5th - Spain (5 points)

We have an interesting situation in Group C. The two leaders, Algeria, and India, already played seven matches, and have only one left.

Spain Spain vs. India India
Colombia Colombia vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Austria (13 points), 2nd - Slovakia (9 points), 3rd - Scotland (4 points), 4th - South Korea (3 points)

It's all over in Group D. Austria already qualified, and Slovakia joined them in the fifth round.



 Group E
Positions: 1st - United States of America (17 points), 2nd - Lithuania (10 points), 3rd - Bulgaria (6 points), 4th - Mexico (6 points), 5th - Chile (4 points)

United States of America will play in the 18th World Cup. And chances are good Lithuania will be the oens to join them - a win today is all they need. USA, and Mexico have only one match left.

Chile Chile vs. Lithuania Lithuania
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. United States of America USA


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Denmark (12 points), 2nd - Turkey (10 points), 3rd - Italy (10 points), 4th - Venezuela (7 points), 5th - Rep. of Montenegro (5 points)

Denmark need a win today. This is their last match, and a loss would mean that Turkey, Italy, and Venezuela can overtake them (the three still have two games left to play).

Turkey Turkey vs. Italy Italy
Venezuela Venezuela vs. Denmark Denmark


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Estonia (13 points), 2nd - Croatia (13 points), 3rd - New Zealand (9 points), 4th - Latvia (8 points), 5th - Japan (3 points)

Estonia need to win their last qualification match today - if they don't, it's quite possible that Latvia will overtake them.

Croatia Croatia vs. Estonia Estonia
Latvia Latvia vs. Japan Japan


 Group H
Positions: 1st - France (16 points), 2nd - China (11 points), 3rd - Canada (9 point), 4th - Argentina (4 points), 5th - Israel (4 points)

France will play in the 18th World Cup. But the second place is still not decided. If China win today, they will join France. If they draw, Canada will need to win by more than two goals. And if China lose today, Canada need only to win in their last match.

Argentina Argentina vs. China China
France France vs. Israel Israel


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Serbia (15 points), 2nd - Bangladesh (11 points), 3rd - South Africa (8 points), 4th - Switzerland (7 points), 5th - Sweden (3 points)

With their away win (against Bangladesh) in the eighth round, Serbia ensured they will participate in the 18th World Cup. Bangladesh could be in trouble now. Today is their last qualification match, and even with a win they will not be secure in the second place. Though, if South Africa lose today, a win will be plenty enough.

Serbia Serbia vs. South Africa South Africa
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh


 Group J
Positions: 1st - England (11 points), 2nd - Belgium (10 points), 3rd - Czech republic (9 point), 4th - Iceland (8 points), 5th - Norway (5 points)

England just moved to the top of the table, but since this is their last qualification match, that could change quickly in this group.

Czech republic Czech republic vs. Belgium Belgium
Iceland Iceland vs. England England


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Peru (18 points), 2nd - Poland (13 points), 3rd - Greece (11 points), 4th - Malta (4 points), 5th - Thailand (0 points)

Peru won in the eight round, and secured their participation in the World Cup. The second place is still up for grabs - though with Greece playing against Peru today, maybe that won't be the case after this round.

Thailand Thailand vs. Poland Poland
Greece Greece vs. Peru Peru


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (16 points), 2nd - Ireland (13 points), 3rd - Russia (8 points), 4th - Bolivia (5 points), 5th - Hungary (2 point)

Slovenia already qualified for the World Cup. Ireland have the last qualification game today, but, since they play against Russia, a draw is enough for them to stay second.

Bolivia Bolivia vs. Hungary Hungary
Russia Russia vs. Ireland Ireland



World Cup Under-21 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - France (19 points), 2nd - Bosnia and Herzegovina (13 points), 3rd - Scotland (7 points), 4th - India (3 points), 5th - Chile (2 points)

Bosnia and Herzegovina join France as the second team to qualify for the U21 World Cup from Group A.

Chile Chile vs. France France
India India vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Norway (17 points), 2nd - Bolivia (10 points), 3rd - New Zealand (10 points), 4th - Canada (4 points), 5th - Argentina (4 points)

Norway already qualified for the U21 World Cup. But the second place is still up for grabs - though, Bolivia are in a far better position. Bolivia still have both games to play (New Zealand skip this round), and their goal difference is excellent (+7, compared to -5 New Zealand have). Technically, Canada, and Argentina could also move up to second, but chances of that happening are pretty slim.

New Zealand New Zealand vs. Argentina Argentina
Canada Canada vs. Bolivia Bolivia


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Rep.of Montenegro (12 points), 2nd - Iceland (11 points), 3rd - Czech republic (10 points), 4th - Malta (6 points), 5th - Ireland (5 points)

Republic of Montenegro, and Czech republic are in an interesting situation - they each have only one match left to play. Iceland need one win (out of the two matches left) and they will qualify.

Ireland Ireland vs. Ireland Ireland
Malta Malta vs. Rep. of Montenegro Montenegro


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Moldova (15 points), 2nd - Algeria (14 points), 3rd - Australia (8 points), 4th - Greece (4 points), 5th - Lithuania (3 points)

With their win in the eighth round Moldova qualified for the U21 World Cup. Algeria need a point today to ensure they will be the second team to go to the U21 World Cup. Both, Moldova, and Algeria already played seven matches.

Australia Australia vs. Algeria Algeria
Greece Greece vs. Lithuania Lithuania


 Group E
Positions: 1st - Poland (17 points), 2nd - Brazil (8 points), 3rd - United States of America (8 points), 4th - Slovakia (7 points), 5th - Germany (4 points)

With their latest win (against USA) Poland secured their place in the U21 World Cup. Slovakia are in an interesting situation. This is their last qualification match, and even a win most probably won't be enough.

Brazil Brazil vs. United States of America USA
Germany Germany vs. Slovakia Slovakia


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Romania (14 points), 2nd - Denmark (10 points), 3rd - Thailand (9 points), 4th - Estonia (6 points), 5th - Albania (4 points)

Romania qualified for the U21 World Cup - they could still drop to second, but not lower than that. Romania, and Thailand have only one match left to play.

Denmark Denmark vs. Albania Albania
Estonia Estonia vs. Romania Romania


 Group G
Positions: 1st - South Korea (15 points), 2nd - Austria (10 points), 3rd - Sweden (9 points), 4th - Russia (7 points), 5th - Bulgaria (5 points)

South Korea already qualified for the U21 World Cup. The second place is still up for grabs - Austria, and Sweden have only one match left (Sweden today, Austria in the last round).

South Korea South Korea vs. Russia Russia
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Sweden Sweden


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Spain (15 points), 2nd - Serbia (12 points), 3rd - Latvia (9 points), 4th - Venezuela (7 points), 5th - China (1 point)

To ensure they will go to the U21 World Cup, Spain need at least a draw today. This will be Spain's last qualification match this season. Serbia skip this round, and are in danger of losing their position.

China China vs. Spain Spain
Venezuela Venezuela vs. Latvia Latvia


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Finland (12 points), 2nd - Switzerland (10 points), 3rd - South Africa (4 points), 4th - Japan (2 points)

All is decided in Group I - Finland, and Switzerland are the two that will go to the U21 World Cup.



 Group J
Positions: 1st - England (14 points), 2nd - Netherlands (13 points), 3rd - Peru (8 points), 4th - Bangladesh (5 points), 5th - Hungary (3 points)

England, and Hungary are the two that played seven matches and have only one left. Peru need to win today if they wish to have a chance of catching Netherlands (or maybe even England). Since they play against Netherlands in the last round, overtaking them is a real possibility.

England England vs. Bangladesh Bangladesh
Peru Peru vs. Netherlands Netherlands


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (15 points), 2nd - Croatia (13 points), 3rd - Portugal (7 points), 4th - Israel (6 points), 5th - Colombia (5 points)

With two rounds left to play, Slovenia, and Croatia qualified for the U21 World Cup.

Slovenia Slovenia vs. Colombia Colombia
Israel Israel vs. Croatia Croatia


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Belgium (16 points), 2nd - Italy (14 points), 3rd - Turkey (10 points), 4th - Uruguay (4 points), 5th - Mexico (1 point)

Belgium need just a point to ensure they will go to the U21 World Cup - Italy need a win.

Belgium Belgium vs. Italy Italy
Turkey Turkey vs. Mexico Mexico



World Cup Under-19 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - Croatia (13 points), 2nd - Brazil (11 points), 3rd - Thailand (9 points), 4th - Canada (7 points), 5th - Finland (2 points)

Croatians need just a point from the next two matches to secure their participation in the U19 World Cup. Thailand skip this round and need to hope that Croatia, and Brazil do badly this round. Canada need to win today, if they wish to go to the U19 World Cup.

Brazil Brazil vs. Finland Finland
Canada Canada vs. Croatia Croatia


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Bosnia and Herzegovina (14 points), 2nd - New Zealand (10 points), 3rd - Sweden (8 points), 4th - Switzerland (6 points), 5th - Rep. of Montenegro (5 points)

Bosnia and Herzegovina drew in the eighth round, but it was enough for them to qualify. The draw for Sweden meant they went from second to third. Since they skip this round, they need to hope New Zealand will do badly today.

New Zealand New Zealand vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH
Switzerland Switzerland vs. Rep. of Montenegro Montenegro


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (19 points), 2nd - Japan (11 points), 3rd - Slovakia (10 points), 4th - Estonia (6 points), 5th - Russia (0 points)

Netherlands already qualified for the U19 World Cup, but the second place is still open. Slovakia need to win. This is their last match, while Japan still have two.

Estonia Estonia vs. Russia Russia
Japan Japan vs. Slovakia Slovakia


 Group D
Positions: 1st - France (12 points), 2nd - Spain (10 points), 3rd - United States of America (8 points), 4th - Venezuela (7 points), 5th - China (7 points)

This is still fairly open group. China have only theoretical chances of moving to second. For that to happen, Spain needs to lose (both matches), and China needs to win in the last round, by a lot (more than 9 goals). USA are also in a bad position. Their last match is today - even a win might not be enough.

France France vs. United States of America USA
Venezuela Venezuela vs. Spain Spain


 Group E
Positions: 1st - England (18 points), 2nd - Serbia (14 points), 3rd - Denmark (8 points), 4th - Chile (2 points), 5th - Colombia (2 points)

England won in the eighth round, and secured their place in the U19 World Cup. Serbia will almost certainly take the second place. To ensure they will be the second team to go to the U19 World Cup, they need a point. But even if they lose their last match, Denmark need to score about 14 goals (or more) in two games left - a tall order for a team that only scored six in the past six games.

Denmark Denmark vs. Chile Chile
Serbia Serbia vs. Colombia Colombia


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (15 points), 2nd - Argentina (8 points), 3rd - Mexico (8 points), 4th - Latvia (8 points), 5th - Lithuania (5 points)

Slovenia already qualified for the U19 World Cup. Of the three teams fighting for the U19 WOrld Cup, Mexico are in the worst position. Not only do they have only one match left, their last match is against Slovenia.

Argentina Argentina vs. Latvia Latvia
Slovenia Slovenia vs. Mexico Mexico


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Romania (12 points), 2nd - Hungary (10 points), 3rd - Peru (7 points), 4th - Moldova (0 points)

The win against Moldova ensured that Romania will play in the U19 World Cup.



 Group H
Positions: 1st - Norway (15 points), 2nd - Turkey (15 points), 3rd - Bolivia (10 points), 4th - Czech republic (6 points), 5th - India (1 point)

Norway, and Turkey each need a win to secure their participation in the U19 World Cup. Although, if Norway defeat Bolivia today, Turkey don't need a win in the last round.

Bolivia Bolivia vs. Norway Norway
India India vs. Czech republic Czech republic


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Poland (18 points), 2nd - Israel (15 points), 3rd - Iceland (9 points), 4th - Belgium (6 points), 5th - Ireland (0 points)

Poland won in the eighth round, and secured their participation in the U19 World Cup. The second match was won by Iceland. Their win against Israel means they technically still have a chance of moving to second. Though it's a long shot. They need to win both matches (and today they play against the yet undefeated, Poland), and they need to hope that Israel lose their last round.

Belgium Belgium vs. Ireland Ireland
Poland Poland vs. Iceland Iceland


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Portugal (14 points), 2nd - Greece (10 points), 3rd - Bangladesh (9 points), 4th - Austria (9 points), 5th - Malta (1 point)

Portugal are well on their way to the U19 World Cup - a win today would ensure no one can catch them. Greece is another matter, they skip this round, and their last round is against Bangladesh. Of the three fighting for the second place, Austria have the easiest schedule. Though they play against Bangladesh today, their last match is against Malta - so if they win today, they have the best chance of going forward. Another option would be if the two today drew. We'd have three teams with 10 points for the last round.

Bangladesh Bangladesh vs. Austria Austria
Malta Malta vs. Portugal Portugal


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Italy (19 points), 2nd - Algeria (12 points), 3rd - Germany (10 points), 4th - Uruguay (3 points), 5th - South Korea (3 points)

Italy defeated Algeria in the eighth round and secured their participation in the U19 World Cup. Their win allowed Germany to catch up a little.

Uruguay Uruguay vs. South Korea South Korea
Germany Germany vs. Algeria Algeria


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Bulgaria (15 points), 2nd - Scotland (14 points), 3rd - Australia (8 points), 4th - South Africa (4 points), 5th - Albania (3 points)

Bulgaria's win against Albania in the eight round ensured they will go to the 18th World Cup. Scotland is also well on their way - just a point in the next two matches will be enough.

Scotland Scotland vs. Albania Albania
Australia Australia vs. South Africa South Africa



World Cup Under-17 Qualifying:
 Group A
Positions: 1st - England (18 points), 2nd - Australia (15 points), 3rd - Bangladesh (9 points), 4th - Greece (6 points), 5th - Russia (0 points)

England's victory against Australia in the eighth round ensured they will go to the U17 World Cup. Australia are also well on the way - they need just one point in the next two matches.

Australia Australia vs. Greece Greece
Bangladesh Bangladesh vs. England England


 Group B
Positions: 1st - Bosnia and Herzegovina (16 points), 2nd - Brazil (13 points), 3rd - Germany (7 points), 4th - Lithuania (5 points), 5th - Uruguay (3 points)

Bosnia and Herzegovina already qualified for the U17 World Cup, and Brazil are well on their way as well. They just need a point from today's match, and they are safe.

BiH Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Brazil Brazil
Lithuania Lithuania vs. Germany Germany


 Group C
Positions: 1st - Turkey (18 points), 2nd - Algeria (12 points), 3rd - Ireland (12 points), 4th - Bolivia (6 points), 5th - Venezuela (0 points)

Turkey defeated Algeria in the eighth round. With that win, they secured their participation in the U17 World Cup. There are technically three teams fighting for the second place, though in reality, Bolivia's chances are minuscule at best. Algeria, and Ireland each have only one match left to play.

Venezuela Venezuela vs. Ireland Ireland
Bolivia Bolivia vs. Turkey Turkey


 Group D
Positions: 1st - Netherlands (15 points), 2nd - Austria (6 points), 3rd - South Korea (6 points), 4th - Scotland (3 points)

Netherlands qualified for the U17 World Cup. But the second place is still wide open.



 Group E
Positions: 1st - Belgium (15 points), 2nd - Canada(15 points), 3rd - Italy (12 points), 4th - China (4 points), 5th - South Africa (1 point)

We have three teams fighting for the two qualification places, though two of them have only one match left to play - Canada, and Italy.

China China vs. Italy Italy
South Africa South Africa vs. Belgium Belgium


 Group F
Positions: 1st - Portugal (16 points), 2nd - Latvia (16 points), 3rd - Albania (6 points), 4th - Bulgaria (6 points), 5th - Israel (0 points)

Portugal, and Latvia are the two teams that will go to the U17 World Cup from Group F.

Latvia Latvia vs. Israel Israel
Bulgaria Bulgaria vs. Portugal Portugal


 Group G
Positions: 1st - Switzerland (15 points), 2nd - Norway (14 points), 3rd - France (9 points), 4th - Hungary (4 points), 5th - Chile (3 points)

Switzerland, and Norway will go to the U17 World Cup from Group G.

Norway Norway vs. Switzerland Switzerland
Hungary Hungary vs. Chile Chile


 Group H
Positions: 1st - Romania (15 points), 2nd - Denmark (10 points), 3rd - Spain (10 points), 4th - Japan (9 points), 5th - Czech republic (3 points)

Technically, there are still four teams vying for the two qualification positions. Romania are obviously in the best position, even though they have only one match left their lead should be sufficient for at least the second place. Denmark are in a pretty bad position, since this is their last match (though they do have the easiest of opponents) - even if they win, it might not be enough. Japan could be in a good position, provided they can get a positive result today (their last match is against Czech republic). Spain's faith is pretty much in their own hands (or legs) - if they win both matches they will go to the U17 World Cup.

Spain Spain vs. Japan Japan
Czech republic Czech republic vs. Denmark Denmark


 Group I
Positions: 1st - Argentina (18 points), 2nd - Croatia (10 points), 3rd - Rep. of Montenegro (8 points), 4th - Colombia (5 points), 5th - Sweden (4 points)

Argentina defeated Republic of Montenegro, and with the win, they secured their participation in the U17 World Cup.

Croatia Croatia vs. Argentina Argentina
Montenegro Rep. of Montenegro vs. Colombia Colombia


 Group J
Positions: 1st - Slovenia (19 points), 2nd - Poland (12 points), 3rd - Serbia (10 points), 4th - Slovakia (4 points), 5th - India (1 point)

Slovenia's latest win ensured they will go to the U17 World Cup and remain first in Group J. Poland, and Serbia are still fighting for the second place - we'll see if Serbia can be the first team to defeat Slovenia this qualification cycle.

Serbia Serbia vs. Slovenia Slovenia
India India vs. Poland Poland


 Group K
Positions: 1st - Moldova (18 points), 2nd - Peru (15 point), 3rd - Estonia (7 point), 4th - New Zealand (5 point), 5th - Mexico (1 point)

Peru join Moldova as the second team that qualified from qualification Group K.

Estonia Estonia vs. Peru Peru
Moldova Moldova vs. New Zealand New Zealand


 Group L
Positions: 1st - Finland (16 points), 2nd - United States of America (14 points), 3rd - Thailand (8 points), 4th - Iceland (4 points), 5th - Malta (3 points)

Finland already qualified for the U17 World Cup. Chances are that United States of America will join them after this round.

USA United States of America vs. Thailand Thailand
Iceland Iceland vs. Finland Finland



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