The first round of October World Cup qualifiers have been completed. Liverpool players around the globe were involved with varying degrees of success. Thankfully for Liverpool, none of the players have so far picked up any injuries.
Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both started for England as the Three Lions got a late victory against Slovenia, thanks to a Harry Kane goal in added time. This win guarantees England a spot in Russia this summer for the World Cup. Henderson played the full 90 minutes, while Oxlade-Chamberlain made way for Jesse Lingard in the 64th minute.
Another team who booked their spot in Russia was the reigning champions, Germany. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can made a 35 minute run out in their clinical 3-1 victory against Northern Ireland.
Belgium have already qualified out of their lightweight group, but they put a punctuation mark on it with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Liverpool players Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi were both unused substitutes in this match. With the group put away, they may get some minutes on Tuesday against Cyprus.
Andy Robertson and Scotland kept their World Cup dreams alive on Thursday when they bagged a late goal against a 10-man Slovakia, thanks to an own goal by our old friend, Martin Skrtel. Ahhh, memories. They’ll play Slovenia on Sunday to try and keep that coveted second spot in group F.
The final Liverpool player to compete in the UEFA qualifiers was Ben Woodburn, whose country, Wales, got another step closer to qualification with a 1-0 victory over Georgia. They’re currently second in group D, ahead of the Republic of Ireland, who they’ll face on Monday, by only a single point. Young Woodburn made a quick, injury time cameo for his team.
Another team who has nearly qualified is Sadio Mané and Senegal. Their 2-0 victory over Cape Verde Islands puts them in first place in CAF qualifying group D, two points ahead of Burkina Faso and Cape Verde. Mané played nearly the whole game, getting subbed out in the 89th minute. They’re not playing their final game until next month.
Finally, out west in CONMEBOL Brazil played an entertaining, if disappointing, 0-0 stalemate in Bolivia. Philippe Coutinho started the game and played 66 minutes, while Roberto Firmino was an unused substitute. Brazil have a 10 point lead in the CONMEBOL standings and have long since qualified, but would still expect to get a result against Bolivia.
There’s still one more round of games to play before the players return to Merseyside. The most exciting game of the lot will be the can’t lose matches between Wales and the Republic of Ireland on Monday night in Wales and Slovenia and Scotland on Sunday.