The qualification structure was as follows: First round (group stage): The 54 teams were divided into nine groups of six teams each to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The winners of each group qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the eight best runners-up advanced to the second round (play-offs).

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European qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup consists of a group stage and a play-off round, providing 13 UEFA member nations for the 32-team final …

GROUP A, GP · W · D · L · F · A · GD · P. 1 France FRA, 10, 7, 2, 1, 18, 6, +12, 23. 2 Sweden SWE, 10, 6, 1, 3, 26, 9, +17, 19. 3 Netherlands NED, 10, 6, 1, 3, 21 …