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World Cup Preview: Who will qualify from the group stage?

The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching and there a numerous top nations in with a chance of winning football's biggest prize. Brazil, Germany and Spain were dominant in qualifying, but can they repeat their form during the group stage in Russia?

We look at each group and predict who will reach the round of 16.

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World Cup Qualifier: Mexico hold USA to a 1-1 draw

Mexico drew 1-1 with the United States in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday evening, inching closer to securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The draw means Mexico maintain their six-point lead at the top of the qualifying group ahead of second-placed US and Costa Rica, who are both on eight points, although the latter have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

Three teams from the CONCACAF region will qualify for next year's World Cup, while the team in the fourth place will play-off against Asia's fifth-placed nation. For the US, the result means they maintained their seven-game unbeaten record, while Mexico also extended their undefeated run to six qualifiers.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Mitrovic cancels out Ramsey strike

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Serbia played a 1-1 draw with Wales in Group D of the 2018 football World Cup European qualifiers at the Rajko Mitic Stadium.

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored from the penalty spot in 35th minute, but Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised in the 73rd minute to ensure a share of the spoils.

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Italy thrash Liechtenstein 5-0 in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Italy crushed Liechtenstein 5-0 with a superlative second-half display as they kept pace with top-placed Spain in terms of points accumulated in the Group G of the 2018 football World Cup qualifiers.

Lorenzo Insigne on Sunday scored in the first half, while Andrea Belotti, Eder, Federico Bernardeschi and Manolo Gabbiadini blitzed in the second half as the four-time World Cup winners Italy moved to secure 16 points so far from the six-team group. But they are behind 2010 World Cup winners Spain on the basis of goal difference.

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Kane salvages late draw for England against Scotland

England faced a strong challenge from Scotland in their 2018 World Cup qualifier, before Harry Kane salvaged a 2-2 draw for the visitors with a goal in stoppage time.

Scotland on Saturday appeared like they would pull off the upset when Leigh Griffiths rallied the home side with two late free-kick goals past goalkeeper Joe Hart. One in the 87th minute and the other three minutes later.

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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers European Round-up: Sweden beat France, Portugal and Netherlands win

Sweden beat France 2-1 and star forward Cristiano Ronaldo got a brace as Portugal rolled over Latvia 3-0 in the sixth round of the European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Olivier Giroud put France 1-0 ahead on Friday with an outstanding goal, but Jimmy Durmaz equalised for the hosts just before half time and the Swedes went on to eke out a win with Ola Toivonen's goal in the 93rd minute. The result leaves France and Sweden level on points at 13, but the Nordics take possession of top spot in Group A by virtue of goal difference.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil, Chile win, Argentina beaten by Bolivia

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Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Marcelo fired Brazil to a 3-0 victory over Paraguay in their World Cup qualifier as the Selecao extended their winning run to eight matches. The result at Corinthians Arena here on Tuesday lifted Brazil to 33 points from 14 matches and all but guaranteed the five-time world champions a place at football's showpiece tournament in Russia next year.

Earlier, Argentina's shaky qualifying campaign continued when they stumbled to a 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz. The defeat came just hours after Lionel Messi was given a four-match ban by the FIFA disciplinary committee for abusing a linesman in the Albiceleste's 1-0 victory over Chile last week.

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