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Summary

  1. Messi sends Argentina to 2018 World Cup
  2. USA and Holland fail to qualify as Robben retires
  3. Portugal and France through
  4. Qualifiers take injury toll on Premier League clubs

Live Reporting

By Greg O'Keeffe

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all for now

    Thanks for following

    Let's hope the remaining qualifying games provide as much excitement as last night's.

    Cheers for sticking with us today.

    Bye!

  2. Nations League

    Uefa release groups

    A Wales fan is dejected after defeat by Republic of Ireland
    Image caption: Wales missed out on the top tier after defeat by Republic of Ireland cost them 2018 World Cup qualification on Tuesday

    You may already have read a bit more about Uefa's Nations League.

    But just a reminder: they see the 55 European national teams divided into four pots dependent on their rankings, with the top 12 going into League A.

    England are in League A with Scotland in League C.

    However Wales missed out on a place in the top tier of Uefa's new tournament after losing their final World Cup qualifier. They're in Group B with nations such as Russia and Turkey.

    Republic of Ireland, who beat Wales to get into the World Cup play-off, are also in League B with Northern Ireland.

    The competition, which starts in September 2018, will provide four qualifying spots for Euro 2020.

  3. Messi Magic

    He just keeps doing it

    Not for the first time Messi was his team's saviour
    Image caption: Not for the first time Messi was his team's saviour

    It's nearly lunch-time. The footy talk on your break will likely include this guy...

    Not seen Messi's goals from last night yet?

    Fear not.

    Watch, and enjoy, them here.

  4. Who is through?

    Qualified teams explained

    Still not sure who is definitely going to be at the 2018 World Cup in Russia yet?

    This piece will help.

  5. Age Just a Number

    Cahill silences doubters again

    Socceroo skipper Tim Cahill celebrates his winner against Syria
    Image caption: Socceroo skipper Tim Cahill celebrates his winner against Syria

    Tim Cahill ISN'T feeling his age as he once again scored on the big occasion for Australia.

    His second header against Syria in Sydney yesterday was an extra-time winner, and afterwards he was dreaming of making his fourth consecutive World Cup finals.

    "I'm determined just to play," he said. "I'm 37 and a lot of people talk about my age and if you don't do well they're probably asking you to step aside.

    "It's just a number. It's about being professional and it's a responsibility for me to produce on the big stage consistently and that's what I've done my whole career.

    "If I can get to another World Cup we'll have to see who gets selected.

    "The boss knew. He knew I was fit enough and left me out there."

    Australia play Honduras next month to decide their 2018 World Cup fate.

  6. Errr can we have our celebration back please?

    Wonder what Iceland make of this...

    Happy but not wholly original celebration from France
    Image caption: Happy but not wholly original celebration from France

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    After topping their group with victory over Belarus last night the French squad celebrated with their fans at Stade de France with their take on Iceland’s ‘thunderclap’.

    The celebration was originally done by the Icelandic side during their storming Euro 2016 campaign in France last summer.

    It's certainly powerful but not everyone was pleased with the copycat act.

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  7. Get Involved

    Responses coming in

    Yousef Al-Qatami: Watching Argentina highlights is like watching schoolboy football with Messi the only kid who can play. Tactic? Pass to Messi.

    Al Mamun Russell: It seems the US has 'severed ties' with Russia! Haters will say they didn't qualify for the World Cup 2018!

    Dave Payn: Would have felt happy for Panama but I hope the ref is banned for life after that shocker of a decision.

    TB: it wasn't a ball boy in the Panama game it was one of the substitutes...

  8. Spare a thought for the Swiss

    Hard luck

    You've got to wish Switzerland the best in their European play-off, because they can consider themselves very unlucky not to have qualified directly.

    The Swiss had led Group B since beating Portugal 2-0 in Basel in their opening match in September last year and gone on to win all nine matches before Tuesday’s encounter in Lisbon.

    27 points wasn't enough last night.

    Switzerland players react after they lost the game
    Image caption: Switzerland players react after they lost the game
  9. It was 'almost so different for Messi'*

    #BBCUnsungHero

    So here's Lionel Messi describing how he 'owes everything in his career to his Unsung Hero'*........

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    Video caption: Messi 'thanks his Unsung Hero'

    You can find out more about how Marcellus Baz went from gang member to the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero at Sports Personality of the Year here.

    And there's not long left to nominate and Unsung Hero in your area! Find out how to here.

    *not really - note the warning on top right of the video

  10. Get Involved

    What's your take?

    What did you make of the drama last night?

    Are you celebrating today or fed-up?

    Have you got a look-a-like better than Hart/Twellerman?

    Let us know #bbcfootball

  11. Waves Farewell

    Robben bows out

    Shame to see the back of this guy though...

    Class to the end, he scored both Holland's goals including an absolute screamer.

    They were never going to score the seven goals required though were they?

    Arjen Robben retired after Netherlands failed to qualify
    Image caption: Arjen Robben retired after Netherlands failed to qualify
  12. Familiar Faces Make It

    Bonjour and Bom dia

    France's players celebrate qualification for 2018 World Cup in Russia
    Image caption: France's players celebrate qualification for 2018 World Cup in Russia

    Phew.

    France and Portugal qualified from Europe so we'll get to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann et al do their thing in Russia.

    France beat Belarus 2-1, Sweden, who were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands take the runners-up spot.

    Arjen Robben scored both goals and after the game announced his international retirement.

    Meanwhile, Switzerland also has a play-off place, as do Greece who beat Gibraltar 4-nil to finish second to Belgium in their group.

    Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Denmark are the four seeded teams for the European play-offs.

  13. Step Up Water Boy!

    Time waster job emphatically done

    Another quick one on Panama.

    As the clock ticked down and they clung onto their lead last night, time wasting was perhaps required.

    The ball went out for a throw in and as a Costa Rican player went to collect it, the Panama ball boy sprinted past him and nailed it into the stands.

    Of course we don't endorse such behavior but...

    Look how happy these Panama fans are
    Image caption: Look how happy these Panama fans are
  14. Have a Day Off

    Gracias Juan Carlos

    Panama president Juan Carlos Varela
    Image caption: Nice Juan - there were many reasons to be cheerful for the people of Panama - not least an unexpected day off

    Panama's impressive qualification feat was cause for major celebrations across the Central American nation.

    But hangovers in Panama City and beyond will be eased a bit this morning thanks to the jubilant president Juan Carlos Varela.

    Roman Torres' 88th minute winner against Costa Rica sent Panama to the World Cup for the first time in their history - so the main man ordered a national holiday.

    Nice!

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  15. Taylor wears Hart on sleeve

    Absolute ringers

    Taylor Twellerman reacts on ESPN
    Image caption: Taylor Twellerman reacts on ESPN

    More on the USA...

    This is ex international turned EPSN pundit Taylor Twellerman venting about his country failing to make the plane to Russia.

    However, it could easily be Joe Hart moonlighting on American news outlets.

    Wonder what Joe Hart makes of the USA's downfall?
    Image caption: Wonder what Joe Hart makes of the USA's downfall?
  16. USA dismay not all-encompassing

    Tears in some quarters, shrugs in others

    Big names in US football, such as Landon Donovan, may be gutted that Bruce Arena's side surprisingly failed to qualify - but this guy isn't too bothered...

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  17. Adios Ange?

    Socceroo coach 'to step down'

    The Australia coach Ange Postecoglou will step down after the intercontinental World Cup playoff in November, local media reported yesterday.

    Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper, citing an unnamed source, said Postecoglou would step down regardless of whether the Socceroos win or lose their two-leg playoff against Honduras.

    The game will decide whether Tim Cahill & Co go to Russia or not after they squeezed past Syria yesterday.

    Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou
    Image caption: Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou
  18. BreakingPakistan suspended

    Fifa act on third-party fears

    Speaking of controversy...

    Fifa has suspended the Pakistan Football Federation.

    A statement from Fifa said: "The decision takes place with immediate effect in accordance with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council dated 10 October 2017 on account of undue third-party interference."

  19. Conspiracy!

    Peru/Chile

    There's plenty of controversy surrounding the Peru/Chile situation relating to extra points and goals after Bolivia were punished for twice fielding an ineligible player and David Ospina's blunder which contributed to Chile's downfall.

    The Arsenal dressing room may not be a harmonious place this weekend.

    Things didn't go too well for Arsenal player David Ospina as Chile failed to qualify
    Image caption: Things didn't go too well for Arsenal player David Ospina as Chile failed to qualify
  20. Welcome in - what a dramatic night!

    All qualifying reaction here

    Morning!

    Well that was a lively schedule of games wasn't it?!

    Some big names will be in Russia after all, but some others won't - and the repercussions are still taking place.

    A few managers must be wondering about their futures...