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Peru federation 'calm' over potential risk of World Cup expulsion

Peru fans celebrated wildly as their team knocked out New Zealand to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Peru manager Ricardo Gareca has praised their supporters for showing passion and affection to the team in their time of need.

Peru Football Federation (FPF) president Edwin Oviedo has said there is no danger of the national team losing their World Cup spot.

Oviedo's reassurance comes after newspaper Libero reported that Peru's place could be in jeopardy following a bill presented by congresswoman Paloma Noceda that would see the FPF lose its autonomy.

Libero said Noceda's proposal would see the Institute of Sport control the federation, but any government intervention could see Peru excluded by FIFA.

Peru reached their...

Delirious Peru fans in seismic celebrations of World Cup qualification

Peru fans celebrated wildly as their team knocked out New Zealand to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Peru manager Ricardo Gareca has praised their supporters for showing passion and affection to the team in their time of need.

Peru fans' celebrations after Jefferson Farfan's goal put them on course for a first World Cup qualification in 36 years caused several earthquake-detection apps to send warnings.

The South American nation took the final World Cup spot after Wednesday's 2-0 win over New Zealand.

Farfan broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when he blasted home from 10 yards, triggering celebrations of seismic proportions.

Sismologia Chile initially said a tremor had occurred in neighbouring Peru just as Farfan scored...

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2018 World Cup: Who has qualified for the finals in Russia next year

Final grid for 2018 World Cup Russia
With 32 teams having qualified, the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is set.

Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is over with the final 32 teams now known. The seeded draw pots can be seen in full here.

Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay.

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 By Ben Gladwell

Gian Piero Ventura sacked by Italy following World Cup failure

Relive ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti's passionate response after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley go back and forth on how much Gian Piero Ventura is at fault for Italy missing the World Cup.
Gab Marcotti examines Italy's pivotal second-leg playoff match against Sweden, breaking down what Ventura needs to change.

Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as coach of Italy after failing to guide them to next summer's World Cup, the Italian Football Federation has announced.

A 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden in a World Cup qualifying playoff saw the Azzurri miss out on a World Cup berth for the first time in 60 years, and Ventura has paid the price.

The former Torino coach has had his contract terminated following a meeting of Italian FA (FIGC) bosses on Wednesday, and Italy will now begin their search for a successor,...

 By PA Sport

Australia World Cup qualification is special - hat trick hero Mile Jedinak

Australia's Mark Milligan discusses the tough journey to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup.

Australia captain Mile Jedinak said his side had "stuck to our guns" after scoring a hat trick in the 3-1 playoff win over Honduras in Sydney that secured a place at the World Cup.

After a goalless draw in the first leg, Ange Postecoglou's side had too much for the Central Americans and their impressive second-half display sparked great celebrations in a 77,000 crowd at the ANZ Stadium.

Aston Villa midfielder Jedinak broke the deadlock on 53 minutes with a deflected free kick before adding another...