Zurich, Nov 26th : One of Italy or Portugal will not be able to attend the Fifa World Cup 2022 Qatar.The two European Football giants were drawn in the playoffs.
Italy and Portugal will meet in the final round of the playoffs.Only the winner will get their ticket to the World Cup.Italy, which finished second in their pool in main qualifiers, will open their campaign against North Macedonia in the Playoffs semifinals.Portugal will face Turkey in the other last four match.
If Italy or Portugal wins their semi-finals, they will meet in the final.The winner of that match will book their ticket to Qatar for World Cup 2022.
The Playoffs will be held from March 24 through 29, 2022.The draw included 10 group runners up, along with the two best group winners of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall rankings.
These group winners were not directly qualified as group winners and did not enter the play-offs as group runners-up.
These 12 teams were drawn Friday into three play-off pathways for one-off semi-finals or a final.
The World Cup is won by the three winners of the path.
Path A sees Scotland facing Ukraine in the first semis and Wales facing Austria in the second.
Path B sees Russia taking on Poland in one semi and Sweden taking on Czech Republic in another.
Path C sees Italy and Portugal playing North Macedonia, Turkey in their path.
Even though Italy has a slightly weaker opponent in North Macedonia’s semi-finals they will still be in a disadvantage if it reaches the final because they will have to play far away from home.
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