2022 World Cup European Play-offs: Portugal, Italy Drawn In Same Qualification Pathway

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One of European powerhouses Italy and Portugal will not be at next year’s World Cup in Qatar after both countries were drawn to face each other in the final qualifying round if they scale through their respective semi-final playoffs.

Italy will play North Macedonia in the semis and Portugal are at home to Turkey.

If they both win, they then meet in the final meaning either European champions Italy or Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will not be at the World Cup.

In other semi-finals, Scotland will host Ukraine while Wales have been drawn at home to Austria.

If Scotland and Wales win their matches, they will face each other in Cardiff in a final for a spot in Qatar.

Wales are bidding to reach their first World Cup in 64 years, while Scotland have waited 24 years to play in one.

The semi-finals and finals, both played over one leg, will take place over the course of five days from 24-29 March.

Full semi-final draw

Scotland v Ukraine

Wales v Austria

Russia v Poland

Sweden v Czech Republic

Portugal v Turkey

Italy v North Macedonia

Final Draw

Wales or Austria v Scotland or Ukraine

Russia v Poland v Sweden or Czech Republic

Portugal or Turkey v Italy or North Macedonia