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Confederations Cup 2017:  Joachim Loew, Gianni Infantino give go-ahead call to Russia for World Cup 2018

Confederations Cup 2017: Joachim Loew, Gianni Infantino give go-ahead call to Russia for World Cup 2018

Lars Stindl`s first-half goal in Sunday`s final sealed Germany`s 1-0 win over Chile, bringing down the curtain on the 2017 Confed Cup -- a warm-up for next year`s World Cup finals.

Iran beat Uzbekistan 2-0, become second team after Brazil to qualify for World Cup 2018

Iran beat Uzbekistan 2-0, become second team after Brazil to qualify for World Cup 2018

The top two teams in each of Asia`s two qualifying groups advance automatically to the finals while the teams in third place go through a series of play-offs.

Brazil look to Jesus in Colombia grudge match

A resurgent Brazil buoyed by the sparkling form of teenager Gabriel Jesus face Colombia on Tuesday as the latest instalment of an increasingly bitter rivalry takes centre stage in South America`s 2018 World Cup qualifying race.

Northern Ireland hold Czechs to goalless draw

Northern Ireland opened their d qualifying campaign with a goalless draw against Group C rivals the Czech Republic in Prague on Sunday.

Injured Cristiano Ronaldo absent from Portugal squad for World Cup 2018 qualifying round

Injured Cristiano Ronaldo absent from Portugal squad for World Cup 2018 qualifying round

Portugal beat France 1-0 in the European Championship final thanks to a goal in extra time by Lille forward Eder.

After sacking Dunga, Brazil confederation confirms Tite as new coach

After sacking Dunga, Brazil confederation confirms Tite as new coach

Brazil currently sit outside the CONMEBOL qualification positions after winning just two of their first six games in the World Cup 2018 qualifying competition.