Italy continue to grind out the results on the road to Russia 2018, but the real test will come in September when they face fellow southern European superpower Spain.
Russian sports supremo Vitaly Mutko has been barred from standing for re-election to the governing council of world football federation FIFA.
It took a reprimand from Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure the Zenit Arena was ready in time to host the Confederations Cup.
Angel Maria Villar has thus far managed to survive much of the fallout from the 2018/2022 World Cup scandals, but his time may soon come.
Despite allegations of state-sponsored doping against Russia, it's Sports Minister and the 2018 World Cup have emerged unscathed.
Russia did not deserve the 2018 World Cup, says Brian Glanville, but nor did any of the other host nations in recent years.
Fifa should be doing more to promote Russia 2018 says deputy PM Vitaly Mutko.
As Argentina travel to face group leaders Brazil, the pressure is on for a country that has dropped out of the qualifying places for Russia 2018.
Concert by Australian rock band was deemed to have ruined Marseille's Stade Velodrome before Euro 2016.
A win for either Colombia or Uruguay would represent a huge step in the face to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.