World Cup 2022 Playoff Draw: Portugal or Italy?

World Cup 2022 Playoff Draw: Portugal or Italy?

With a year to go, almost half the field for the 2022 World Cup is set. Thirteen countries have already booked their places for the tournament, which opens in Qatar next Nov 21. For 16 nations, the World Cup playoffs will represent one last-ditch chance to make it to the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The final five spots in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be decided by five different playoffs held around the world in 2022. And there will be plenty of drama in store after the draw on Nov. 26.

Bracket (Path) A (1 World Cup berth)

Date Match
Thurs, March 24 Semi #1: Scotland vs. Ukraine
Thurs, March 24 Semi #2: Wales vs. Austria
Tues, March 29 Final (Wales or Austria will host)

Bracket (Path) B (1 World Cup berth)

Date Match
Thurs, March 24 Semi #1: Russia vs. Poland
Thurs, March 24 Semi #2: Sweden vs. Czech Republic
Tues, March 29 Final (Russia or Poland will host)

Bracket (Path) C (1 World Cup berth)

Date Match
Thurs, March 24 Semi #1: Italy vs. North Macedonia
Thurs, March 24 Semi #2: Portugal vs. Turkey
Tues, March 29 Final (Portugal or Turkey will host)

Portugal or Italy

The European 2022 World Cup Playoff draw has led to Portugal and Italy being placed in Path C, meaning that one of the two will not make the finals in Qatar.

Manchester United and Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo will have to beat Turkey in their first playoff to then face the winner of Italy vs North Macedonia if they are to make the World Cup in a year.

Speaking after the draw, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said: “I have complete confidence that we will be at the World Cup in Qatar. It’s not worth talking about Italy. We have to focus, first of all, on beating Turkey.

Italy manager Roberto Mancini told RAI2: “It hasn’t been a great draw, it could have gone better. We will have to beat North Macedonia and Portugal will have to beat Turkey.

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