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Argentina's hopes are hanging by a thread... but who will book their place at Russia next year

Argentina's hopes are hanging by a thread... but who will book their place at Russia next year

If Peru manages to get the necessary points to clinch a spot in the World Cup, there might need to be another public holiday on Wednesday, as the nation celebrates an achievement 36 years in the making.

It's the first time the United States of America have failed to qualify for the tournament since 1986.

An unenviable tight and dramatic South American qualifying campaign drew to a close as Argentina pulled qualification out of the fire with a 3-1 win in their final game - La Albiceleste had started the day outside even an intercontinental playoff place.

After a group-stage exit at the Confederations Cup, Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has experimented with his team in three recent friendlies, with mixed results.

Iran, three-times Asian champions, finished first in their qualifying group for the World Cup.

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South America: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia.

There are still final games to play in African qualifying, with three of the five groups still yet to produce a guaranteed victor. Egypt and Nigeria have already safely booked their places in Russian Federation, with Morocco, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Tunisia and DR Congo still vying for qualification.

Atletico Madrid and Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak is arguably the best goalkeeper set to miss the tournament in Russian Federation, while the Daily Star chose Antonio Valencia at right back after Ecuador failed in their bid to qualify.

The shootouts are set to feature the eight best runners-up from the nine groups.

Peru go into a play-off clash with Oceania winners New Zealand, but Chile were knocked out and will not feature in the tournament. The same could be said of Wales, less than 18 months after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship.

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