Finishing the main qualifying phase gave the names of the majority of WC 2018 participants in Russia.
Among them there are surprises, just as they are unpleasantly surprised and a few stars of world football that were expected to be part of the gathering in Russia the following summer.
In the foreground there is Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean ace who with his selection in the last two editions of Copa America reached the trophy. However, when it comes to qualifying for the World Cup, Chileans failed in the last few matches (four defeats and one victory), and from reliable passengers with the last defeat in Brazil they fell to the sixth position, insufficient or even barbaric. Alexis scored a goal to win the last round against Ecuador, but that was his only goal in the last five rounds.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another top striker that we will not see in Russia. Gabon failed to pass the African qualifications, Aubameyang blamed the Maroccans for putting him and his teammates in the orange juice ahead of the key game, but Gabon also played desperately before the duel, winning six points in six matches and winning third place in the group, behind Marocco and Ivory Coast.
Arjen Robben scored two goals for the Netherlands against Sweden last night, which proved insufficient for Bayern Munich to take the tulip of the 2018 World Cup. After the match, he announced he was finishing his representative career without winning a trophy with the national team, with who is the biggest success in the 2010 World Cup finals, where he lost to Spain.
Gareth Bale last year achieved an excellent result of EURO 2016, but next year we will not see the Wales at the World Cup. The Welshman won only third in the group, losing the last home-country home game from the Republic of Ireland that could have brought them a barrage, and many of the reasons for the failure were precisely the frequent injuries of Bale, causing Real Madrid to miss a significant part of these qualifications.
Marek Hamsik with Slovakia managed to reach the desired second place in the group (behind England), but the Slovaks proved to be the biggest male, relegated as the weakest of the nine ranking teams.