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Argentina's hopes are hanging by a thread... but who will book their place at Russia next year

Around 150,000 tickets have been requested for the Opening Match and more than 300,000 for the Final. In this window tickets for all matches have been available to apply for.

Football's governing body confirmed on Thursday that a total of 3,496,204 tickets had been requested for the 2018 tournament when the first sales period ended at 10am.

Sales for next summer's tournament will re-open on November 16 with a first-come, first-served real-time sales period - that phase will run for less than a fortnight.

Chile's current squad won two back-to-back Copa Americas, and impressed at two different World Cups this decade, but as of Tuesday night, La Roja's golden generation was reached its likely end.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

Sales Phase 1 will restart on 16 November with a first-come, first-served sales period when the fans will be able to purchase 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets in real time on FIFA.com/tickets with immediate confirmation of successful application.

Gareth Southgate's side needed an injury-time goal from Harry Kane to beat Slovenia at Wembley and seal their place at Russian Federation 2018 last Thursday. Teams from England, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Germany have already qualified, with Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland still hoping to earn a place.

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