FIFA Russia 2018 Qualifiers

Nachiket Chavan

With 24 out of 32 places booked for the world cup in Russia next year the second placed teams of 8 groups from round 1 qualifiers went head to head in round 2 of the qualifying process.

Switzerland beat Northern Ireland by a goal scored by Rodriguez on 58th minute This helps them earn an important win an away goal. Switzerland will host Ireland on Sunday.

Croatia thumped Greece 4-1 thus ensuring they are in strong position to qualify. Modric, Perisic, Kalinic Kramaric scored for host while visitors saw the Papastathopolous score.

Denmark and Ireland saw Denmark dominate possession and shots to no avail as visitors escaped withdraw. Ireland will now host Denmark on 14th November for the decider.

Biggest surprise saw Sweden beat Italy 1-0  by a goal from Johansson. Italy dominated the game but couldn’t convert their chances. They now need to beat Sweden by the margin of 2 or more goals in Milan for qualification.

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