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World Cup 2022 Play-Off Draw: Scotland could face Wales as either Italy or Portugal will miss out on finals


The 2022 World Cup could miss both Italy and Portugal (FIFA via Getty)

Scotland could play Wales for a place at the 2022 World Cup, while one of Italy or Portugal are guaranteed to miss out on Qatar next year.

Only three teams from Europe can reach the World Cup next year via the play-offs and the draw means at least one major nation inside Fifa’s top 10 ranking will certainly miss out.

In Path C, Italy will play North Macedonia in their semi-final, while Portugal will meet Turkey.

Italy, who beat England to win Euro 2020 in the summer, could then meet Portugal in their play-off final to determine who gets a spot in Qatar.

‘It’s a very difficult draw for us,’ said Italy coach Roberto Mancini.

‘North Macedonia are very good and if we win, we go away to play the winner of Portugal v Turkey. It’s very strong.’



WORLD CUP PLAY-OFF DRAW

PATH A

Scotland vs Ukraine

Wales vs Austria

PATH B

Russia vs Poland

Sweden vs Czech Republic

PATH C

Italy vs North Macedonia

Portugal vs Turkey

In Path A, Scotland could face Wales in their play-off final. Scotland meet Ukraine in their semi-final, while Wales have been paired with Austria.

‘We’ve given ourselves a great opportunity,’ said Wales boss Rob Page.

‘It was in 1958 that we last qualified for the World Cup finals and through the play-offs again, so the incentive is there for us.

‘We worked ever so hard to get that runners-up position in the group and earn that home draw, and we’ve had the luck of the draw that if we win that semi-final we will also be home for the final, so there’s everything to play for.’

In Path B, Russia will play Poland, while Sweden will face Czech Republic.

The play-off semi-finals will take place on March 24, 2022. The play-off finals will be held on March 29, 2022.

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