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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

  

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five. 

Russia...

Bruce Arena 'not surprised' Christian Pulisic and Clint Dempsey clicked

In dire need of a win, the United States scored goal after goal in a World Cup qualifying rout of Honduras in California.
Julie Stewart-Binks and Kasey Keller recap the United States' dominant victory over Honduras in World Cup Qualifying.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - U.S. men's national team manager Bruce Arena was full of praise for his side after the Americans thrashed Honduras 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

But he singled out hat trick hero Clint Dempsey, who made his return to the national team after missing the end of 2016 with an irregular heartbeat, calling his performance, "exceptional, damn good."

The U.S. was in control from the start, and broke on top through Sebastian Lletget in the fifth minute. The Americans extended their lead...

 By Tom Marshall

Javier Hernandez 'never dreamed' he'd equal Jared Borgetti's Mexico record

Javier Hernandez celebrates after scoring for Mexico in a 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Friday.

MEXICO CITY - Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez leveled Jared Borgetti's record as Mexico's highest-ever scorer on 46 goals on Friday, but he wasn't looking for attention after El Tri's important 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying.

The 28-year-old Bayer Leverkusen striker opened the scoring for Mexico in the seventh minute at Estadio Azteca as the national team cruised to victory against the Ticos, but only spoke briefly with reporters afterwards.

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Clint Dempsey hat trick leads U.S. past Honduras; Mexico beats Costa Rica

In dire need of a win, the United States scored goal after goal in a World Cup qualifying rout of Honduras in California.

Clint Dempsey scored a hat trick in his return to the national team as the United States thrashed Honduras 6-0 in San Jose, California on Friday night in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier.

The U.S. got off to a dream start in the fifth minute when Jozy Altidore played Christian Pulisic into the area and the Borussia Dortmund midfielder's deflected shot bounced to a wide open Sebastian Lletget to sweep home at the back post for a 1-0 lead.

Honduras nearly leveled the score in the 16th minute, as Alberth...