With the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain having now confirmed their spot in next summer's World Cup, Goal takes a look at some stars destined to shine next summer.
Deschamps brought on Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappe in the second half to inject pace and fresh ideas, but with the seconds ticking down to the final whistle, it was Saroka again who slid a shot just wide from close range.
Nigeria became the first African country to progress when Arsenal's Alex Iwobi scored the winner against Zambia on Saturday, while a stoppage-time penalty from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah the following day took Egypt to their first World Cup in 28 years.
As touched upon, going into the final game of qualifying Argentina did still not know whether or not they would be involved in the final stages of the competition next summer. In Tuesday night, group B contenders Portugal played against Switzerland at Lisbon and beat them by 2 - 0.
In Poland's 10 qualifying fixtures, Robert Lewandowski struck on 16 occasions and in turn smashed the standing record.
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The U.S., one of FIFA's most important members in commercial terms, were not so lucky as a shock 2-1 defeat in Trinidad and Tobago, combined with wins for Panama and Honduras, ended their run of seven successive finals appearances. They were also indebted to Venezuela who stopped Paraguay from taking the playoff spot with a shock 1-0 win in Asuncion.
Panama, meanwhile, showed it is perfectly possible for small nations to qualify without expanding the finals to 48 teams, which is planned for the 2026 edition, as they joined Iceland in reaching the tournament for the first time.
The Netherlands, semi-finalists in 2014 and runners-up in 2010, will also miss out while four-times champions Italy, who last failed to qualify in 1958, face a two-leg playoff in November.
A shining light in England's otherwise turgid qualification process, Tottenham striker Harry Kane was on hand to score five goals in six starts for the Three Lions.
Another on the peripheral of his national team, Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio has an incredible pool of talent to compete with.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has proved one of the deadliest finishers in Europe over the past five seasons in the Premier League, and his seven goals in his first seven United games will see him slot into the leading role for Belgium next summer. Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the campaign.
Peru, who finished fifth, still have a chance to make it to the finals but must negotiate their way through a two-legged play-off against New Zealand next month. If we knew for sure that Joel Matip is still a Cameroon player after his Africa Cup of Nations refusal, then he could also do a job.
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