Lionel Messi played only 15 minutes in Argentina’s 1-0 victory over Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers on Friday. Messi also missed two Paris Saint-Germain matches because of a knee injury.
Italy will need to get through two one-leg matchups to advance in a newly devised playoff system of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
England finished on 26 points, six clear of second-placed Poland in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.
Check match and telecast details for Argentina vs Brazil, 2022 Qatar Football World Cup qualifying match. Lionel Messi is certain to start the match as Argentina look to seal a direct qualification spot.
Playing at home and needing only a draw to clinch a berth in the tournament in Qatar, Portugal conceded in the 90th minute in a 2-1 loss to Serbia, which relegated Cristiano Ronaldo's team to play-offs.
All of the teams which booked the FIFA World Cup 2022 place in Europe on Sunday did so with dramatic late goals.
The loss was the first for Russia coach Valery Karpin in his first seven games in charge. He took the blame for the defeat but plans to stay on for the playoffs in March, when Russia are likely to be one of the six seeded teams.
Spain finished with 19 points, four more than Sweden, which will be drawn against the other nine runners-up and two group winners from the UEFA Nations League.
The top four teams in South America earn direct entry to the FIFA World Cup 2022. The fifth-placed team goes into an intercontinental playoff for a spot in the premier event.
The loss pushed Portugal to the playoffs where they will have to face nine other group runners-up and two group winners from the UEFA Nations League.
Cristiano Ronaldo's chance to play at possibly his last World Cup could hinge on the result of Portugal's winner-take-all clash against Serbia. Check match and telecast details of 2022 FIFA World Cup, European qualifiers.
France have an insurmountable four-point lead over second-placed Finland in Group D of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
With just one match left to play in Group E, top-ranked Belgium remained unbeaten and have an unassailable five-point lead over second-placed Wales in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Nigeria top the Group C and need just a draw at home against second-placed Cape Verde on Tuesday in the final group game to reach the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers playoffs.
Australia will be without Harry Souttar as the giant Stoke City defender picked up a knee injury against Saudi Arabia. Only the top two from each of the six-team groups are guaranteed a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA will make the playoffs draw on November 26 in Zurich. France, Germany, Belgium and Denmark are among the eventual 10 European group winners.
Only the group winners progress to Africa's playoffs and the other six teams will be decided when group stage ends. The five winners of the two-leg playoffs will be Africa's representatives at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
UEFA has already expressed its concerns about the changes to world football being headed by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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