The five most remembered playoffs in World Cup history

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The five most remembered playoffs in World Cup history





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FIFA World Cup Finals 1994 Play-Off Match: Argentina v Australia


Important teams must suffer until the last moment to qualify for World Cups or even were left out of them in these exciting playoffs.

1. Argentina vs. Australia (United States 1994)






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After the humiliating win against Colombia at the Monumental, the Alfio Basile team had to travel to Australia to get their ticket to the World Cup in the United States. With Maradona’s return to the national team, Argentina drew 1 to 1 in Sydney (Balbo and Vidmar) and classified winning 1 to 0 at the Monumental with both Batistuta.

2. Peru vs New Zealand (Russia 2018)



Peru v New Zealand - 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Playoff


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Peru v New Zealand – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Playoff


After a great campaign in the South American Qualifiers, Peru finished in 5th place and had to overcome New Zealand to return to a World Cup after 36 years. Ricardo Gareca’s team tied 0-0 in Wellington and settled the series in Lima with a 2-0 (Farfán and Ramos).

3. Uruguay vs Australia (Germany 2006)



FIFA 2006 World Cup Playoff - Australia v Uruguay


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FIFA 2006 World Cup Playoff – Australia v Uruguay


One of the most painful chapters in the history of Uruguayan football and one of the most joyous for the Australian team, which managed to qualify for this World Cup playoff after 32 years (his last participation had been in Germany ’74). Each team won 1 to 0 at home and in the definition by penalties the Socceroos had more aim.

4. Italy vs Sweden (Russia 2018)



Italy v Sweden - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg


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Italy v Sweden – FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg


Italy took 2nd place in Group G of the European Qualifiers for Russia 2018 and had to go to the Repechage against Sweden, France’s second in Group A. The Swedes gave the big surprise leaving out a world champion beating 1-0 in the first leg and tying 0-0 in the rematch in Milan.

5. Colombia vs Israel (Italy 1990)






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Third in the South American Playoffs, Colombia agreed to the play-off against Israel, winner of the Oceania playoff. With Valderrama, Higuita and other great players on the team, the coffee team won 1 to 0 in Barranquilla and qualified for Italy with a goalless draw in Tel Aviv.

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