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Nigeria, Iran and Turkey one step away from Qatar

Frank Onyeka and Halil Dervisoglu play in crucial qualifiers

17 November 2021

Last night saw four Brentford players in action for their international sides, across three continental qualifying campaigns.

In Africa, Frank Onyeka helped Nigeria to a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde. That result secured The Super Eagles' place in the final qualifying round ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. They advanced after finishing top of their group, which also included Liberia and Central African Republic.

Frank came on as a second-half substitute for Rangers' Joe Aribo, seeing out the game for the final 12 minutes. The team advances to one final qualifying game, to be played in March next year, which will see five teams qualify for Qatar.

In Asian Qualifying, Saman Ghoddos and Iran are now just one win away from qualifying for the World Cup. Saman remained an unused sub as they beat Syria 3-0 at King Abdullah II International Stadium. Iran have four games left to pick up three points, their next coming in January against Iraq.

In Europe, Halil Dervisoglu played 70 minutes as Turkey secured a play-off spot in UEFA qualifying. Turkey snatched second spot in Group G with a 2-1 win over Montenegro, despite being a goal down inside the first five minutes.

They finished just two points behind Group winners Netherlands, who beat Norway 2-0 in Rotterdam. The play-off campaign now splits into six separate Semi-Finals, followed by three head-to-heads, which will take place in March 2022.

Elsewhere, Marcus Forss played half an hour in Finland's 2-0 defeat to defending World Champions France to round off an unsuccessful qualifying campaign. Finland finished third in Group D, missing out on progression by just a point behind Ukraine. Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema scored for France, who qualified top of the group.

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