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    Three goals in injury time for Japan.

    Gone are the days when the fourth officla would give a sympathy 1 minute it seems...

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    Reading around on Saint Lucia, just because I love the ridiculous drama you often find with footballing minnows, their FA head is claiming they simply couldn't afford to play the games, having come close to insolvency playing the CONCACAF Nations League over the last few years. Seems a bit strange, as smaller Caribbean dots are playing the games, after the Nations League, without problems.
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    Germany 1-2 North Macedonia

    Wow. Was not expecting that.

    Armenia top that group with three wins from three.

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    North Korea have apparently said they won't travel to South Korea to play their remaining World Cup qualifiers. From news reports it seems FIFA and the AFC are hoping they'll reconsider. If the remaining games are all just allotted as 3-0 walkovers, it will presumably have a major impact on who progresses, in regards the best runner-ups. The very unlikely team of Turkmenistan stand to benefit pretty significantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeverFeltBetter View Post
    Biggest mismatch of qualifying so far played out today, Japan beating Mongolia 14-0.
    And they just put ten without reply past Myanmar.
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    Guatemala were knocked out by Curacao on goals scored this week - possibly the first team ever to be knocked out of qualifying without conceding a goal.

    Curacao are managed by Guus Hiddink, but Patrick Kluivert stepped in as interim manager this month as Hiddink was recovering from covid.

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    Curacao are an interesting little country, a real Caribbean speck able to punch above their weight largely on the back of a colonial connection to Dutch players. They made great strides recently under a guy named Remko Bicentini, who was unceremoniously sacked and replaced by Hiddink late last year, after Bicentini had reached out to Hiddink seeking to put in him in a mentor role. He took the Curacao FA to court and got a settlement, and potentially might be due a huge payday if Curacao were able to get to Qatar (they were quarter-finalists in the most recent Gold Cup, where the ran the US close, so it's not that inconceivable).

    One of the other big stories I have read coming out of that part of qualifying is Trinidad and Tobago crashing out after failing to score against the Bahamas, who are much better known for beach football and whose top goalscorer in their entire history has a total of 10. St Kitts and Nevin progressed out of that group, whose most notable player is probably Romaine Sayers, who just got relegated with West Brom.
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    Significant surprise in AFC the other day: 79th ranked Oman beat 24th ranked (highest in Asia) Japan with a last minute goal, away. All those Irish friendlies finally paying off, clearly.
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    Germany the first non-host country to qualify last night. I read they've lost just three qualification games in 101 since their first over 90 years ago. That's an impressive machine. Flick has them doing well, but perhaps a bit too soon to consider them as a favourite? Still a year to go mind.
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    Yep - all three at home too, including one in this campaign against North Macedonia. Northern Ireland and Portugal the others to beat them.

    First to qualify is a bit random as it involves getting a bit lucky with a crap second seed (Romania in this case, who haven't done great but who have two easy games to go and are probably still favourites for second)

    Their two games this time we a bit ropey - 1-0 down at home against Romania and 0-0 away against North Macedonia at half-time - but they came back strongly in the second half each time. They should make the knock-outs anyway. After that, who knows?

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