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Teams are starting to secure spots now.

Last night a last minute Mitrovic goal secured Serbia's spot at the tournament a 2-1 win in Lisbon which means Portugal will need to secure their spot through the playoffs.

Spain went through as group winners Sweden will go to the playoffs

France have won their group with a game to spare
Belguim are also in
Denmark are in
Croatia are in Russia have a playoff spot
Germany are in as well with North Macedonia gettin a playoff spot.

More games tonight to close out the remaining European groups.
 

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Ronaldo stropping again, towards the manager. He needs to stop behaving like that.
 

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I haven't seen any of that but he's never going to change that he's a terrible loser always has been always will be.

Portugal always seem to make a meal of qualification but you never want to come up against them in a tournament always got loads of talent and if it clicks together they're a tough team to beat.

Would be a shame if Ronaldo didn't get one last crack at the world cup although it's hard to see Portugal being anywhere near winning it.
 

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Not only is a terrible loser but Portugal have every right to be aggrieved. The goal that never stood against Serbia first time round in the last minute is why they're not through.
 

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European Results

Qualified - Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Croatia, England, Germany
Playoffs - Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Wales, Scotland, Turkey, Russia, Poland, North Macedonia

Czech Republic and Austria also go into the playoffs via the nations league.
 

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Are the playoffs seeded still? If so it's nonsense.

But Scotland Vs Wales would be quite the match up.
 

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They are, Scotland and Wales top seeds so Semi is a home match
 

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Yeah they are seeded but everyone knew this in advance it's not like a few years ago where they announced a few days before the draw that they'd decided to make the draw seeded to try and get the biggest nations to the tournament as that year quite a few big names ballsed up qualifying.

So of the 12 teams in the playoffs only 3 qualify they'll be drawn into 6 one off semi final games then 3 finals to decide which 3 teams go to Qatar.

Portugal, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Russia, Sweden are the 6 seeded sides.

Brazil became the first South American side to qualify even more impressive they did it with 6 games still to play and Argentina have also qualified with 5 games to spare. Two more south american sides will qualify automatically with a 5th going into a playoff.
 

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Good to see I don't think it's reasonable to expect players to boycot a tournament all they can do is shine as much light as possible on the issues facing the people in Qatar and the ridiculous decision to award this country a world cup. A decision that was made by a small group of largely corrupt individuals most of whom are now banned from FIFA and some are also facing much more serious charges in courts.

You wonder if the English players will do something they've not been afraid to speak up to the issues close to home we saw them do excellant work during the pandemic to raise money for the NHS, supporting inclusivity campaigns and in the case of Rashford going toe to toe with the establishment and winning.
 

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