Russian Federation 2018 World Cup ticket applications pass 2 million mark

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The Daily Star chose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front as he is arguably the highest-profile forward to miss out on the World Cup next year after Gabon failed to qualify.

As excitement continues to build ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FiFA Tuesday reported that more than 1.5 million tickets for the tornament have already been requested.

Sitting sixth, Argentina now nearly certainly need to win their final pool game in Ecuador or miss out entirely on the global footballing showpiece. Only one new nation reached both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Belgium, England, Germany and Spain have all already qualified.

Trailing Sweden by three points, only a massive victory over the Scandinavians in Amsterdam next week will save the three-time World Cup runners-up.

AFTER ANOTHER DRAMATIC night of qualifying action, we now know over half of the teams that will compete in the group stages of next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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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.

The victor of that match will face the CONCACAF federation's fourth-placed team for a spot in Russia.

Should they fail to beat Ecuador on Wednesday in Quito, Lionel Messi and Co. will fail to qualify for the tournament, with Brazil being the only team to have qualified from the group thus far.

Final qualifiers take place in November, with Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal having all made solid starts.

Uruguay secured their place in Russian Federation as expected, while Colombia held on to the final automatic place available to teams from the continent.

The World Cup play-off round draw takes place on Tuesday October 17 in Zurich.

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