Ticket Requests Surpass 2M Mark for World Cup 2018

The likes of Italy Northern Ireland and Portugal will be in the World Cup play-off draw

Ticket applications for Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup Russia matches have surpassed the 2 million mark during the first phase of sales. The highest-ranked teams will be placed in Pot 1, the next-highest in Pot 2 and so on. Exhausted of studying? Click through the gallery over to determine which groups have already qualified for the World Cup.

At present, 23 national teams have secured participation in the World Cup's final round: teams from Russian Federation (as the host country), England, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, Iran, Iceland, Spain, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Uruguay, France, South Korea and Japan. Hosts Russia are seeded too. Sales phase 1 began on September 14 and lasts until October 12, when fans can apply for tickets.

Asia (Group Winners A and B): Iran, Japan turned out as Group A and B winners.

North, Latin America qualifier: Costa Rica were Fifth Round runners-up as Mexico came out Fifth Round winners.

The draw for the play-off takes place in Zurich on the 17th of October and we will have live coverage here at AS. The Portugal, who are second in Group B of Cristiano Ronaldo, will face leaders Switzerland on Tuesday and need a win in order to procure World Cup qualification, while Group A leaders France are expected to book their ticket. The initial leg in Syria ended in a draw and the leg will be performed on Tuesday, with the victor advancing to an intercontinental playoff against the fourth-placed team in the CONCACAF region.

A number of expectant countries saw their World Cup dreams come to an end this week as their final qualifying results ensured they fell short of even a playoff opportunity.

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