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)
|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)
|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)
|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)|
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.