Costa Rica
12:00 AM GMT Jul 9, 2015
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El Salvador
2:30 AM GMT Jul 9, 2015
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River Plate
11:10 PM GMT
Postponed - Other
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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

EUROPE: 13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018...

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With its reputation in tatters following a corruption scandal, CONCACAF announced on Monday a reform framework that has been approved by the organization's Executive Committee.

The proposals for North and Central American and Caribbean's governing body contained in the framework were put forward by a three-man special committee consisting of U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani, and Mexico Football Federation president Justino Compean...

FIFA ousts Barbados from World Cup qualifying for ineligible player

ZURICH -- FIFA says Barbados has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament for fielding an ineligible player, and Aruba will advance instead.

Barbados must forfeit a 1-0 win against Aruba in a the second leg of its CONCACAF second-round match on June 14. Barbados won the first leg 2-0.

FIFA awarded Aruba a 3-0 second-leg victory by default. Aruba now advances 3-2 on aggregate.

FIFA says Barbados fielded Hadan Holligan who should have served a one-match...

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Canada, El Salvador post wins in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

Eight teams played the second legs of their CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. Here's a look at which teams are moving on and which teams dreams of a trip to Russia are over.

Canada had no problem finishing off their second leg vs. Dominica, as they returned home to Toronto and BMO Field and put up a 4-0 win for a 6-0 aggregate final that sees them through to the next round.

Tosaint Ricketts had a brace for the home side and Tesho Akindele and Cyle Larin added goals for...

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Guatemala into the third round of CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying

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Bermuda and Guatemala played out a scoreless draw in the first leg.

Stefano Cincotta helped Guatemala beat Bermuda 1-0 to progress to third round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

With the tie even after a scoreless draw in the first leg in Guatemala, it was Cincotta's goal that proved the difference between the two evenly matched sides.

The Chemnitzer FC defender scored in the 27th minute, slamming the ball past across Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve and inside the far post.