It was a pretty big win for them tbf. Panama actually qualified automatically for the last World Cup whereas this is the first time Canada have even made it to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying since 1998. That win saw them leapfrog Panama into 3rd which is an automatic qualifying spot."Give up the 3 points now".
They're playing Panama ffs
I remember after 2018 and 2022 were awarded there was talk of them boycotting in protest.They couldn't miss out again could they?
SOrry, but I love the upsets we see.Really need another round of qualifiers for Europe for the minnows.
Yeah but they’re very rare…too many one sided games and it’ll reduce games for best playersSOrry, but I love the upsets we see.
North Macedonia knocking off Germany?
Slovakia beating Russia?
Ireland matching it with Portugal?
France and Bosnia tying?
Same as England-Hungary?
Yeah, we might avoid an 8-0 drubbing.
But I'll accept that for some fun stories.
1 team can struggle a bit (ie Italy 2018, or France 2010) and have to then head to the 2nd round where you might get knocked off by Sweden or need a hand of god to squeak by Ireland.
I love the current setup.
Plus, I'm sure the fans of these smaller nations would enjoy seeing the best turn up
I just checked Malta 2018
3,431 vs Lithuania
4,207 vs Slovenia
4,980 vs Slovakia
15,069 vs Scotland
16,994 vs England
Or Gibraltar who only got 1,000 once, vs the best team Belgium
Or Andorra who got sub 2k against lesser opposition, but cracked 2k vs Switzerland and 3k vs Portugal.
It's why I also love following CONEMBOL qualification
Ecuador was ranked 64 in the world when the draw was made. This would put them in pot 4 in Europe along the likes of Luxembourg and Alabania.
Give them the opportunity and they can prove themselves. Currently 3rd, clear of 5th by 4 points, with 5 games to go.
These pools which open it up for anyone are amazing imo
Each of the six team groups included a country from each (seeded) pot. England drew Andorra and San Marino who were the lowest ranked in their pots, and Albania who were middling. But it probably wouldn't have mattered which countries England drew from the lower pots - the result would have been the same.How is it that England managed to get Andorra, San Marino & Albania all in the same WC qualifying group?
This is surely the easiest ever group they will ever have.
Brazil officially qualify.So November matchdays are about to kick off
Only teams which can qualify in November are
Brazil and Argentina from CONEMBOL
Portugal or Serbia from UEFA Group A
Sweden or Spain from UEFA Group B
Italy or Switzerland from UEFA Group C
France or Ukraine or Finland or Bosnia and Herzegovina from UEFA Group D
Belgium or Wales from UEFA Group E
Netherlands or Norway or Turkey from UEFA Group G
Russia or Croatia from UEFA Group H
England or Poland or Albania from UEFA Group I
Looking at specifically Nov 11/12/13 games.
Brazil can qualify with a win over Columbia AND Uruguay dropping points against Argentina
Sweden can qualify with a win over Georgia AND Spain dropping points against Greece
France can qualify with a win over Kazakhstan
Belgium can qualify with a win over Estonia OR Wales dropping points to Belarus
Netherlands can qualify with a win over Montenegro AND Norway dropping points to Latvia
Russia can qualify with a win over Cyprus AND Croatia dropping points to Malta
England can qualify with a win over Albania AND Poland dropping points to Andorra, OR England drawing with Albania AND Poland losing to Andorra