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Category: World Cup 2018 qualifiers

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Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie reveals racist abuse after World Cup loss

• Christie says he received abuse on Twitter after defeat to Denmark• FAI refers posts to Irish police as PFA Ireland condemn abuseThe Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie has revealed that he has received racist abuse on Twitter following his c…

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David Squires on … the Socceroos’ qualification for a fourth consecutive World Cup

This week our resident cartoonist takes a look at Mile Jedinak’s hat-trick, homophobic bakers and Ange Postecoglou’s positionTake a look back through David’s archive of Australian cartoons Continue reading…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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All players have felt like Daniele De Rossi but we shouldn’t show it | Liam Rosenior

The Italy midfielder’s angry reaction to being asked to warm up against Sweden when a goal was needed was heartfelt but we can’t have players debating managers’ decisions mid-matchOn Monday evening Daniele De Rossi questioned his manager’s request for …

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Fans in Lima celebrate Peru reaching World Cup finals – video

Thousands take to the streets of Lima on Wednesday night to celebrate Peru’s qualification for next year’s World Cup. Peru defeated New Zealand 2-0 on aggregate in a play-off to secure their place in Russia. It is the first time in 36 years they have r…

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Peru complete World Cup finals lineup with play-off win over New Zealand

Peru 2-0 New Zealand (2-0 on aggregate) Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos goals send South Americans to RussiaPeru became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals as goals from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave the…

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Inherent volatility of football comes to Socceroos’ aid on final step to Russia | Ante Jukic

A moment of randomness changed the complexion of Australia’s must-win World Cup qualifier against HondurasRandomness is an inescapable reality that shapes football, and can at times render all tactical preparation and planning for an individual match e…

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Australia v Honduras: World Cup qualifying joy – in pictures

Pictures from ANZ Stadium where the Socceroos won 3-1 thanks to a Mile Jedinak hat-trick to earn their place at next year’s tournament in Russia Continue reading…

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Socceroos end mammoth qualifying campaign but work still to be done | Jonathan Howcroft

Victory over Honduras was very much job done but the mastermind behind it may not get to experience the fruits of his labourThe minarets of Red Square are finally visible on the horizon after the longest, windiest qualifying road in World Cup history c…

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Martin O’Neill’s central miscalculation calls future into question | Paul Doyle

The Republic of Ireland manager’s substitutions abandoned the heart of midfield to Christian Eriksen and Denmark, and the manner of defeat could hardly have been worse for O’NeillMartin O’Neill said he would take a couple of weeks to mull over the impl…

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Ange Postecoglou decision on Socceroos’ future ‘won’t take too long’

Australia coach takes time to enjoy World Cup qualificationSocceroos book ticket to Russia with 3-1 win over HondurasThe Socceroos are going to next year’s World Cup, but the identity of the coach who will lead them there remains the subject of conject…

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Australia qualify for World Cup with 3-1 win over Honduras – video highlights

A hat-trick from Mile Jedinak secured a 3-1 win for Australia over Honduras on Wednesday and sent the Socceroos to their fourth World Cup in a row. There were wild celebrations at full-time in Sydney following the crucial play-off winMile Jedinak hat-t…

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Virtuoso Mile Jedinak display against Honduras sends Australia to World Cup

Australia 3-1 Honduras; Socceroos progress 3-1 on aggregateCaptain’s free-kick leads to first goal before he scores two penalties The day ended in the same manner it had started in Australia – with a resounding, deafening “yes”. The roar from the ANZ S…

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Australia v Honduras: World Cup 2018 qualifying play-off, second leg – live!

Updates on the Socceroos’ must-win game at ANZ Stadium in SydneyGet in touch with Paul Connolly on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly 8.55am GMT There’s was some talk that the Honduran national anthem might be greeted by boos tonight but, from the TV cov…

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Martin O’Neill defends his record after Ireland fail to reach World Cup – video

Martin O’Neill defends his managerial record following the Republic of Ireland’s 5-1 loss to Denmark on Tuesday evening. The result means Ireland will play no part at the World Cup in Russia next year and O’Neill was dismissive when asked by a journali…

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Martin O’Neill defends his record after mistakes cost Republic of Ireland

• O’Neill angry at claim his luck had finally run out in Denmark defeat• ‘I didn’t win trophies as a player and a manager by having luck’Martin O’Neill rued the mistakes that contributed to his team’s chastening World Cup play-off defeat by Denmark but…

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Republic of Ireland’s World Cup dream shattered by Eriksen and Denmark

And lo, the spirit and awkwardness of Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland were not enough. Those qualities took them to within touching distance of their first World Cup in 16 years but no further. Denmark, far superior in this play-off, will go inste…

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Republic of Ireland v Denmark: World Cup play-off second leg – live!

World Cup play-off updates from the second leg (first leg: 0-0)And feel free to email Barry or tweet him here with your thoughts 6.36pm GMT Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie, Ciaran Clark, Shane Duffy, Stephen Ward; David Meyler, Harry Arter; Jeff Hendri…

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Day of reckoning arrives for Socceroos in Honduras World Cup play-off | Kieran Pender

A fractured Australian football landscape will momentarily unite for the national team’s most important game in a decadeAs the qualification process for Russia 2018 has amply demonstrated, no nation has a divine right to be at the World Cup. Not Italy,…

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Sweden team crash TV broadcast celebrating place at World Cup – video

Sweden players interrupt a live television broadcast as they celebrate qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Presenters on Eurosport are caught up in the post-match party on the San Siro pitch following the goalless draw with Italy on Tuesday night, which…