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Having featured in the finals of just two major tournaments over the last 20 years, Austria face a tough task in making their way to their first World Cup since 1998, currently one point behind Group C’s second-placed side, Sweden, and level on points with the Republic of Ireland.
With potential qualifiers coming from both angles, it’s an impressive goal difference that keeps Das Team in the running to reach Rio after Marcel Koller’s side took full advantage of their matchups against minnows Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands.
Like Iceland, Albania have three wins and two losses to their name after five games in Group E but will now travel away from home for the majority of their remaining World Cup qualifiers.
The Eagles are currently level on points and goal difference with the Icelandic team, and will have booked their spot at the nation’s first major tournament finals should they qualify for next year’s competition.
While Hungary are currently second in Group D, it’s just a single score that separates Sandor Egervari’s men from Romania, level on points with the two-time World Cup runners-up.
Having drawn with the Romanians in Budapest, Hungary must now salvage something from their trip to Bucharest if they’re to realistically hope of gaining qualification, with Holland presumably already accounting for first place.
As an independent nation, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was Slovakia’s first major tournament finals and the management duo of Stanislav Griga and Michael Hipp can hope to make it two on the bounce by making their way to Brazil next summer.
After losing at home to the Blue-White, Martin Skrtel’s side are two points behind Greece in Group G and currently reside in third place, faced with the unenviable challenge of getting something out of their three remaining away qualifiers.