World Cup 2022 FIFA World Cup (Qualifiers)

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TubbsFarquhar

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Dark 24 hours in sport for the Kiwis, failed vs Costa Rica here and beaten by the Poms in cricket.
Yeah, NZ were stiff with the disallowed goal. Should've at least taken the game to extra time. Still, with Oceania now guaranteed a spot starting from 2026, it's hard to see them missing out again in the future.
 

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Yeah, NZ were stiff with the disallowed goal. Should've at least taken the game to extra time. Still, with Oceania now guaranteed a spot starting from 2026, it's hard to see them missing out again in the future.

Yeah the 48 team World Cup really is nonsense.
 

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Dirty Bird

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Yeah the 48 team World Cup really is nonsense.
As much as any reasonable fan would 100% agree with you.

But the money points to expansion

64 games ---> 80 games
16 knockout games ---> 32 knockout games (so 16 games more chance of extra time)
16 more spots = less of a chance of USA/Italy etc. missing out and more of a chance of China etc. making it.
 

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