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233dESPN staff

What are the fastest goals in history?

Christian Eriksen's 11 second strike for Tottenham against Man United was the third fastest goal in Premier League history. But what were quicker?

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302dAssociated Press

Hierro reappointed at RFEF

The Spanish Football Association has re-appointed former Spain and Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro as its sporting director.

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306dBen Gladwell

Tavecchio blasts Ventura team selection

The president of the Italian FA, Carlo Tavecchio blamed Gian Piero Ventura's team selections for Italy's failure to reach the 2018 World Cup finals.

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308dBen Gladwell

Ventura: 'Difficult days' since Italy sacking

Ventura was sacked on Wednesday. after 15 months in charge following the 1-0 aggregate playoff defeat to Sweden.

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309dBen Gladwell

Sweden praise De Rossi for bus gesture

Daniele De Rossi boarded the Sweden bus following Italy's World Cup playoff defeat to apologise for the whistles heard during the Swedish anthem.

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310dBen Gladwell

Italian FA eyes big name Ventura successor

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is seeking a "big name" successor to Gian Piero Ventura as Italy coach.

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310dESPN staff

O'Neill hints at Republic of Ireland stay

Martin O'Neill has indicated that he plans to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager despite the nation's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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311dESPN staff

Hareide thanks Ireland for 'giving us space'

Denmark manager Age Hareide thanked Republic of Ireland for giving Christian Eriksen the space within which to thrive.

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311dChris Wright

Denmark celebrate with beer shower

Christian Eriksen and company soaked Jacobson to the bone, with the ex-Everton defender forced to stand there at the pundits' table and soak it up.

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311dPA Sport

World Cup absent XI: Buffon, Sanchez, Bale

Alexis Sanchez and Gareth Bale headline a host of big names who will be absent from next summer's World Cup after their countries failed to qualify.

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311dJohn Brewin

O'Neill tips hat to 'world-class' Eriksen

Martin O'Neill admitted his Ireland team were "well beaten" by a "world-class" player in Christian Eriksen after Denmark's 5-1 win in Dublin.

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311dMichael Cox

Where have all the centre-forwards gone?

If the four UEFA World Cup play-off ties highlighted anything, it was the true lack of top-class centre-forwards in Europe, writes Michael Cox.

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311dESPN staff

Eriksen: Hat trick highlight for 'whole life'

Christian Eriksen was delighted to play a major part as his stunning hat trick helped fire Denmark to the 2018 World Cup.

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311dJohn Brewin

Eriksen leads Denmark to World Cup

Christian Eriksen's hat trick was too much for Ireland as Denmark booked their World Cup spot with a 5-1 win, writes John Brewin in Dublin.

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311dESPN staff

Eriksen magic puts Denmark in World Cup

Christian Eriksen's hat trick helped Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland.

WATCH: Marcotti muses on Italy's disaster (0:43)
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311dMina Rzouki

Saluting Italy's awesome foursome

Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli's Italy careers ended horribly but their legacies will endure.

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311dGabriele Marcotti

After Italy's failure comes brighter future

Italy's historic failure to qualify for the World Cup will linger for some time. But the building blocks are there for a much brighter future.

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311dBen Gladwell

Ventura's fate set to be decided Wednesday

Italian FA (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is "profoundly saddened and disappointed" by Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.

WCQ Ladder

GROUP AGPWDLGDP
France10721+1223
Sweden10613+1719
Netherlands10613+919
Bulgaria10415-513
Luxembourg10136-186
Belarus10127-155
GROUP BGPWDLGDP
Portugal10901+2827
Switzerland10901+1627
Hungary10415013
Faroe Islands10235-129
Latvia10217-117
Andorra10118-214
GROUP CGPWDLGDP
Germany101000+3930
Northern Ireland10613+1119
Czech Republic10433+715
Norway10415+113
Azerbaijan10316-910
San Marino100010-490
GROUP DGPWDLGDP
Serbia10631+1021
Republic of Ireland10541+619
Wales10451+717
Austria10433+215
Georgia10055-65
Moldova10028-192
GROUP EGPWDLGDP
Poland10811+1425
Denmark10622+1220
Montenegro10514+816
Romania10343+213
Armenia10217-167
Kazakhstan10037-203
GROUP FGPWDLGDP
England10820+1526
Slovakia10604+1018
Scotland10532+518
Slovenia10433+515
Lithuania10136-136
Malta10019-221
GROUP GGPWDLGDP
Spain10910+3328
Italy10721+1323
Albania10415-313
Israel10406-512
Macedonia10325011
Liechtenstein100010-380
GROUP HGPWDLGDP
Belgium10910+3728
Greece10541+1119
Bosnia and Herzegovina10523+1117
Estonia10325-611
Cyprus10316-910
Gibraltar100010-440
GROUP IGPWDLGDP
Iceland10712+922
Croatia10622+1120
Ukraine10523+417
Turkey10433+115
Finland10235-49
Kosovo10019-211