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A crucial match for Celso Borges with Costa Rica

19/09/2017 12:03

One of Deportivo's captains and a Costa Rica regular, Celso Borges, will play with his national team for the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers.

On Friday 6 October, Costa Rica will host Honduras at the Estadio Nacional de San José (8 pm local time, early hours of the morning in Spain).

On Tuesday 10 October, they will visit Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City (7 pm local time, early hours of the morning in Spain).

Costa Rica are second with 15 points in the CONCACAF standings, behind Mexico who have 18 points and have already qualified for the World Cup. Panama are third with 10 points and USA fourth, with 9 points. The first three will get to go to Russia and the fourth will have to a double-leg play-off against the fifth-ranked Asian team; whoever wins this match will also get to go to the World Cup.

Celso Borges will join his national team on Sunday 1 October, after Dépor’s match against Getafe, on Saturday 30 September (1 pm, Bein LaLiga), at the Estadio ABANCA-RIAZOR.

Andone and Pantilimon called to play for Romania

Florin Andone and Costel Pantilimon have been called to play for Romania's national team for two official games in October, to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Thus, on Thursday 5 October Romania will host Kazakhstan (9:45 pm, local time) at the Ilie Oanâ stadium in Ploiesti, and on Sunday 8 October, they will visit Denmark (6 pm, local time) at the Telia Parken stadium in Copenhagen.

Both players will join their national team on Sunday 1 October.

Romania are fourth in Group E with 9 points for the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers. Poland lead the group with 19 points, followed by Montenegro and Denmark (both with 16 points). Therefore, Romania miss out on next year's World Cup.

Zakaria Bakkali has been pre-selected by Belgium’s U21

Zakaria Bakkali has been pre-selected for Belgium’s U21 to play two official matches in the next league break for international games.

On Friday 6 October, Belgium will receive Sweden, and on Tuesday 10, they will visit Cyprus. Both matches are to qualify for the U21 European Championship.

The Belgian Football Federation will publish the final list of players in the following days. If Bakkali were to be called, he would have to join his national team on Tuesday 3 October.

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