Friday, December 2, 2022

Five BIG National teams Struggling to qualify for World Cup.

World Cup is a tournament that brings pride to a country. Some National Teams are routine participants, with qualifications into this prestigious tournament easily achieved. It becomes disappointing for ‘BIG’ teams to miss out despite their caliber and their ranking.

With The Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification taking shape, some of the BIG teams’ chances of cruising through to the main competition are already certain. Teams such as Brazil, Germany, Englandand Italy are in a solid position after securing solid wins in all their qualifying matches. 

Some ‘BIG’ teams are in danger of missing out on direct qualifications, with their performances putting them in danger. They include: 

Croatia

Croatia National Team

The 2018 World Cup finalists suffered a devastating first-game loss to Slovenia. They however managed to secure a crucial 1-0 victory over Cyprus on their home soil.

Russia has managed to win all of its matches against Malta and Slovenia and sit on top of Group H.

Croatia has to maintain a good result after finding secure automatic World Cup qualification at risk as they have to fight for top spot against both Russia and Slovenia to avoid playoffs.

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Colombia

Colombia National Team

Colombia currently are in the seventh position in the 10-team South America teams.

They have managed to pick up just four points after the same amount of games. Direct qualification requires Los Cafeteros to finish in the top-four spot.

A finish in the fifth spot will see Colombia battle it in the playoffs against a team from Oceania, Asia, or Northern America.

Netherlands

The Netherlands National Team

The Netherlands are struggling to rediscover their good form under Frank de Boer after Ronald Koeman departed to join Barcelona.

The Dutch team finished in second place, behind Italy in Nation League’s League A Group 1, and suffered a shocking 4-2 defeat to Turkey in their first World Cup qualifier game.

Despite seeing off Latvia 2-0, they trail Turkey and Montenegro who in group G, who have managed to collect 6 points apiece.

Uruguay

Uruguay National Team

The Uruguayan national team are fifth in South America’s group having managed to register two wins out of their four games.

They are battling it out with Colombia and Chile who have managed to collect four points apiece, with both of them trying to bounce back to avoid missing out in the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualification.

Spain

Spain National Team

Spain group doesn’t look that tough as compared to other groups. 

La Roja were unable to grab all three points against Greece when the two teams met in Granada. 

They required a last-minute goal to see off Georgia in their 2-1 win, which raised a lot of concern to  Luis Enrique .

Sweden have managed to win its first two games and sit on top of Group B. If Swedes get hold of the top spot, Spain will have to pass through playoffs to secure a World Cup spot.

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