Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after he scored his team's third goal. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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The World Cup is truly taking shape. A dramatic day of qualifying matches ended with 23 of the 32-team lineup confirmed to play next year in Russia. There are still four European playoffs, two intercontinental playoffs and three African qualifying groups to be decided.TEAMS Portugal and Argentina went from the fringes to the top-seeded pot of teams as the Nos. 3 and 4 teams in the FIFA rankings.The top seven-ranked teams – FIFA will confirm the list Monday – join host Russia in Pot 1 . Spain won't be one of the seeded teams, and should be the one to avoid from Pot 2 .Iceland are beloved worldwide after their run to the 2016 European Championship quarterfinals and will be the smallest nation by population – only 330,000 – ever to play at a World Cup.Egypt already ranks in FIFA's top 10 of nations whose residents have requested tickets to the 64 games in Russia.It was not up to FIFA to prevent Panama's "ghost" goal, but the technology system will be used at all 12 Russian stadiums during the World Cup.
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