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FIFA 18: This is what happens if teams that didn’t qualify played in the World Cup

Can Italy and co. pull off a miracle? Here's a clue: No

The World Cup is well on the way – but what would happen if the teams that didn’t qualify were in the mix?

YouTuber The MasterBucks used the FIFA 18 World Cup expansion to find out.

Let’s take a look.

Firstly, the Youtuber added as many countries as possible who didn’t actually qualify to the competition.

Although some qualified teams had to make up the numbers…

Some big names in there

Some big names in there

Austria, Scotland, Italy, Chile, Ireland, Wales, the Netherlands – the list goes on – and while not every single country that didn’t qualify is in there, there’s still a decent amount.

In the interests of time, we’re going to skip through to the quarter finals.

The USA manage to pull off a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Chile, while Greece edge out Turkey.

Game on

Game on

Elsewhere, popular Iceland, who have actually qualified for the tournament in real life, manage to beat Italy, while Sweden (also qualified) get the better of Iran.

Into the semi-finals we go.

The USA fall to Greece, while Sweden narrowly beat Iceland in the battle of the Nordics.

This sets up a tantalising final – Greece versus Sweden – something that, in theory, could well happen in real life.

Greece and Sweden make it to the big stage

Greece and Sweden make it to the big stage

The final kicks off and Greece score just 15 minutes into the game.

The Greeks net again shortly after half time, before a 78-minute penalty puts the game well out of reach for Nordic nation.

It proved so one-sided

It proved so one-sided

So, there you have it.

If a bunch of teams that didn’t qualify played in the World Cup, Greece would come out on top – according to FIFA, anyway.

In other news, FIFA 19 will feature Ultimate Team packs that disclose the odds of containing a decent player.

EA Sports Vice President, Daryl Holt, spoke to Eurogamer at the Gamelab 2018 conference in Spain.

FIFA 19 Standard and Champions Editions are available to pre-order from GAME and Amazon

He said: “For Ultimate Team, when you buy a pack you know what you are getting.

“You are getting a certain number of assets that are guaranteed – and we’re going to start to do pack odds disclosures that’ll show you the odds of what you might get.”