Russian Federation salvage draw with Iran in friendly

Russian Federation salvage draw with Iran in friendly

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It's the first time the U.S. have failed to qualify for the tournament since 1986.

The story of the night, however, was Panama's historic victory over Costa Rica which sealed their place in a first-ever World Cup at the expense of the United States, who lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago.

The friendly against South Korea was Russia's first global test since they exited the Confederations Cup at the group stage in June, which added to a long list of recent failures.

While World Cup qualification is a big deal for most nations, the Panamanian President has given the country the day off work and school to celebrate their achievement.

There will be 32 teams in the tournament draw, with 31 having qualified for the tournament and Russian Federation securing their place as hosts.

As qualifying campaigns came to an end in Europe, South America and Central/North America this month, 15 further countries have been able to book their places in Russian Federation in the last few days.

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In Europe, the eight best runners-up from the qualifying stages, including Ireland, will go into next Monday's play-off draw.

Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions Portugal face a game at home against Switzerland on Tuesday that will see one of the two teams seal the sole automatic qualifying spot.

The World Cup finals run from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.

There are still final games to play in African qualifying, with three of the five groups still yet to produce a guaranteed victor.

The remaining three qualifiers will not be determined until next month.

A number of expectant countries saw their World Cup dreams come to an end this week as their final qualifying results ensured they fell short of even a playoff opportunity.

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