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Italy fail to qualify for Russia 2018

A tearful Gianluigi Buffon said he was "sorry for all of Italian football" as he led a wave of international retirements after a World Cup play-off defeat by Sweden.

Morocco qualifies for World Cup 2018

Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 2-0 victory away to Ivory Coast, who missed out on a fourth consecutive appearance at the finals.

Senegal qualify for Russia 2018

Senegal qualified for their second appearance at the World Cup finals, returning after a 16-year absence, with a clinical victory over a luckless South Africa at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Ronaldo tipped for Best FIFA award

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning exploits with Real Madrid make him the strong favourite to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player Award at Monday's ceremony in London.

Iceland becomes smallest World Cup nation

Iceland became the smallest nation to progress to a World Cup after beating Kosovo to win their qualifying group for Russia 2018. The Euro 2016 quarter-finalists, who knocked out England in the last 16, have a population of about 335,000.

Fifa punishes African nations

Fifa has handed out punishments to eight African nations for various offences committed during September's 2018 World Cup qualifiers.