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.
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Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five.
Russia qualify as hosts. Group winners qualify automatically, with the eight best runners-up facing a two-legged playoff. Gibraltar and Kosovo were late additions after being accepted as full FIFA members.
The qualifiers began in September 2016 and run through to November 2017. Click on the group to see the fixtures, results and standings.
GROUP A: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
GROUP B: Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe...