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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Extra Time podcast episode 11: Draw made for Fifa Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, Messi may miss out on World Cup

John McAuley joins Steve Luckings to discuss who Real Madrid can expect to face in the UAE, while Graham Caygill looks at the state of play in 2018 World Cup qualifying

The official Fifa Club World Cup trophy on display during the official draw in Abu Dhabi on October 9, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP
The official Fifa Club World Cup trophy on display during the official draw in Abu Dhabi on October 9, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP

John McAuley was at the draw for the 2017 Fifa Club World Cup at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel in Abu Dhabi where Al Jazira were paired in the same half of the draw as defending champions Real Madrid. He caught up with former France international defender Eric Abidal, wo spoke about being part of the Barcelona team that won the tournament here in Abu Dhabi in 2009.

Also joining this week’s host Steve Luckings is sports editor Graham Caygill discussing the state of play as we head into the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in which Lionel Messi’s Argentina are in serious danger of failing to qualify. We also look ahead to Syria’s second leg play-off against Australia in Sydney. Can they continue their fairy-tale run?

Finally, a look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixtures where Manchester United face their first serious test of the campaign when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool, and things don’t get any easier for winless Crystal Palace with Chelsea next up.

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