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Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers - as they happen

01:30

CONFIRMED:

  • Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay qualify for Russia 2018
  • Panama qualify for debut World Cup
  • France and Portugal seal places earlier in the day
  • Peru into intercontinental play-off against New Zealand
  • Honduras into intercontinental play-off against Australia
  • Chile, Paraguay and USA eliminated
02:55

WHAT. A. NIGHT.
While France and Portugal's progression to Russia feels almost like a distant memory after the frenetic flurry on the other side of the Atlantic but, with six places decided at the finals next year, the biggest night of the World Cup qualifying journey - at least as far as the groups are concerned - was most definitely saved until last.

While Portugal's top of the table clash with Switzerland could easily have been the story of the night, an astounding Argentina rescue mission from Lionel Messi, a stunning comeback by Panama to earn their first ever trip to the World Cup and Peru's late equaliser to reach the a play-off topped it for sheer adrenaline and drama. Uruguay and Colombia's progression, by no means smooth, seems almost pedestrian in comparison, though the same can't be said for Honduras's five-goal thriller to also grab a play-off spot.

We have plenty to look forward to in November, with Africa's finale and both the intercontinental and European play-offs, but for now we think we better sit down and take in what just happened. Glad you could join us for something quite extraordinary.

02:42

FINAL STANDINGS
USA fans will want to look away now, as the final table of the Hexagonal stage makes grim reading, collapsing in Trinidad and Tobago to open the door for a Panamanian fairytale. Often referred to as a golden generation for the country, they have made history by earning a place in Russia, while Honduras's hat is firmly in the ring, locking horns with Australia for one last shot at a trip to the finals.

Standings - North, Central America and Caribbean

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
MEX
MexicoMEX
2110631167
CRC
Costa RicaCRC
1610442148
PAN
PanamaPAN
1310343910
HON
HondurasHON
13103431319
USA
USAUSA
12103341713
TRI
Trinidad and TobagoTRI
610208719
02:38

FINAL STANDINGS
Now we have caught our breath, let's take one final look at where everyone came to rest in South America. Peru's equaliser against Colombia proved the biggest shake-up as things built to a crescendo, seeing them edge the South American champions out of the running entirely, while Lionrl Messi's mastery once again proved Argentina's saving grace.

Standings - South America

TeamsPts MP W D L GF GA
BRA
BrazilBRA
411812514111
URU
UruguayURU
31189453220
ARG
ArgentinaARG
28187741916
COL
ColombiaCOL
27187652119
PER
PeruPER
26187562726
CHI
ChileCHI
26188282627
PAR
ParaguayPAR
24187381925
ECU
EcuadorECU
201862102629
BOL
BoliviaBOL
141842121638
VEN
VenezuelaVEN
121826101935
The final whistle sounds.
HON
-
MEX
The final whistle sounds.

There are scenes of celebration and jubilation as the Hondurans realise that USA have lost in Couva. They are into an intercontinental play-off against Australia, thanks to Alberth Elis, a Guillermo Ochoa own goal and Romell Quioto's winner on the hour mark.

95' Ever ALVARADO (Honduras) is cautioned.
HON
-
MEX
95' Ever ALVARADO (Honduras) is cautioned.
The final whistle sounds.
PAN
-
CRC
The final whistle sounds.

The scenes of joy in Panama City are remarkable! Fireworks explode in the night air as the coaching staff and substitutes sprint onto the pitch. Panama have improbably qualified for Russia 2018! Roman Torres was the matchwinner, with his 87th minute strike sealing the victory.

The final whistle sounds.
TRI
-
USA
The final whistle sounds.

The USA players sink to the ground. They know they have not done enough this evening. They needed a win to guarantee their own passage to Russia and they soon learn that both Honduras and Panama were victorious. After starting the day in an automatic berth, they sink to elimination. The Stars and Stripes fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

95' Matt BESLER (USA) is booked by the referee.
TRI
-
USA
95' Matt BESLER (USA) is booked by the referee.
92' Luis TEJADA (Panama) is yellow carded.
PAN
-
CRC
92' Luis TEJADA (Panama) is yellow carded.
01:51
PAN
-
CRC

AS THINGS STAND
Panama
are going to Russia, with Honduras in the intercontinental play-off spot. That leaves USA eliminated. Into stoppage time!

93' Joevin JONES (Trinidad and Tobago) is cautioned.
TRI
-
USA
93' Joevin JONES (Trinidad and Tobago) is cautioned.
90' Roman TORRES (Panama) is booked by the referee.
PAN
-
CRC
90' Roman TORRES (Panama) is booked by the referee.
91' Omar GONZALEZ (USA) is cautioned.
TRI
-
USA
91' Omar GONZALEZ (USA) is cautioned.
88' Roman TORRES (Panama) scores!!
PAN
-
CRC
88' Roman TORRES (Panama) scores!!

GOAL! PANAMA! The scenes in Panama City are thsoe of utter jubilation as Roman Torres breaks through and smashes home. As things stand that sends Panama to Russia!

87' Johnny PALACIOS (in) comes off the bench to replace Alexander LOPEZ (out) (Honduras)
HON
-
MEX
87' Johnny PALACIOS (in) comes off the bench to replace Alexander LOPEZ (out) (Honduras)
84' Maynor FIGUEROA (Honduras) is cautioned.
HON
-
MEX
84' Maynor FIGUEROA (Honduras) is cautioned.
84' Benny FEILHABER (in) comes off the bench to replace Darlington NAGBE (out) (USA)
TRI
-
USA
84' Benny FEILHABER (in) comes off the bench to replace Darlington NAGBE (out) (USA)
82' Kevon VILLAROEL (in) comes off the bench to replace Tristan HODGE (out) (Trinidad and Tobago)
TRI
-
USA
82' Kevon VILLAROEL (in) comes off the bench to replace Tristan HODGE (out) (Trinidad and Tobago)
78' Alberth ELIS (Honduras) is cautioned.
HON
-
MEX
78' Alberth ELIS (Honduras) is cautioned.
78' Abdiel ARROYO (in) comes off the bench to replace Gabriel TORRES (out) (Panama)
PAN
-
CRC
78' Abdiel ARROYO (in) comes off the bench to replace Gabriel TORRES (out) (Panama)
78' Trevin CAESAR (in) comes off the bench to replace Shahdon WINCHESTER (out) (Trinidad and Tobago)
TRI
-
USA
78' Trevin CAESAR (in) comes off the bench to replace Shahdon WINCHESTER (out) (Trinidad and Tobago)
01:36
TRI
-
USA

OFF THE POST! USA so, so close to the goal they need to get automatic qualification back into their own hands. Clint Dempsey gets the ball out of his feet on the edge of the T&T box and hits a left-footed effort at goal, but it cannons back off the woodwork.

75' Giancarlo GONZALEZ (in) comes off the bench to replace Ronald MATARRITA (out) (Costa Rica)
PAN
-
CRC
75' Giancarlo GONZALEZ (in) comes off the bench to replace Ronald MATARRITA (out) (Costa Rica)
01:34

AS THINGS STAND IN CONCACAF
3) Honduras (Q)

4) USA (into play-off v Australia)
-
5) Panama (eliminated)

If results stay the same, this is how the table will finish in the Hex.

74' Edson ALVAREZ (Mexico) is booked by the referee.
HON
-
MEX
74' Edson ALVAREZ (Mexico) is booked by the referee.
72' Joevin JONES (in) comes off the bench to replace Levi GARCIA (out) (Trinidad and Tobago)
TRI
-
USA
72' Joevin JONES (in) comes off the bench to replace Levi GARCIA (out) (Trinidad and Tobago)
72' Kellyn ACOSTA (in) comes off the bench to replace Jorge VILLAFANA (out) (USA)
TRI
-
USA
72' Kellyn ACOSTA (in) comes off the bench to replace Jorge VILLAFANA (out) (USA)
69' Marcos URENA (in) comes off the bench to replace Bryan RUIZ (out) (Costa Rica)
PAN
-
CRC
69' Marcos URENA (in) comes off the bench to replace Bryan RUIZ (out) (Costa Rica)
01:28
PER
-
COL

Full time Peru 1-1 Colombia

Both benches rush onto the pitch as the full time whistle blows.

Colombia have qualified for Russia 2018 !!

Peru are into the intercontinental play-off against New Zealand as they chase their first World Cup berth for 36 years.

The final whistle sounds.
PER
-
COL
The final whistle sounds.

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