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World Cup draw live as play off opponents decided for Scotland and Wales



World Cup 2022: Which teams qualify for the Qatar finals?

Follow live coverage of the World Cup 2022 play-off draw as Scotland and Wales learn their potential path to Qatar.

Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Poland, North Macedonia, Austria and Czech Republic are in the draw alongside the Scots and the Welsh as they bid to join England and a host of others at the tournament next year.

Scotland, Wales, Portugal, Italy, Russia and Sweden are seeds and they will be at home for the semi-finals, against one of the other six unseeded nations before one-off finals to decide who will go to Qatar and who will miss out. The games will take place in the next international break in March next year.

Follow all the latest updates and who draws who here:

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World Cup play-off draw

So, as seeded teams, Wales and Scotland could face any of the following sides in the play-off semi-finals:

Ukraine, Turkey, Poland, North Macedonia, Austria, or Czech Republic.

North Macedonia arguably represent the kindest draw, while Austria are possibly the toughest opponents.

Wales and Scotland will both be at home for their semi-finals next March.

Alex Pattle26 November 2021 14:58

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World Cup play-off draw

It is hard to imagine a World Cup without Portugal and Italy both involved.

The Italians failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the first time they’d missed a world championship since 1958.

Portugal, meanwhile, were not involved in many of the early World Cups but have played at every one since 2002.

As such, the last World Cup to feature neither Portugal nor Italy was 1958.

Both are at risk of missing out in 2022 as they head into next spring’s play-offs.

Alex Pattle26 November 2021 14:40

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World Cup play-off draw

So in summary, 10 nations automatically qualified for the World Cup from Europe after winning their qualifying groups. They were:

Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland.

Now 12 nations (10 runners-up plus two highest ranking Nations League teams) will battle it out for the three remaining European spots at the 2022 World Cup.

That means six semi-finals, and three finals to decide those final places.

Lawrence Ostlere26 November 2021 14:21

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How do the seedings and paths work?

Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Wales are seeds and they will be at home for the semi-finals, against one of the other six unseeded nations.

The semi-finals are numbered in the order they are drawn out, and the winners of semi-final 1 will play the winners of semi-final 2 in the final, 3 vs 4 and 5 vs 6.

A draw will also be held to determine which semi-finalists will be at home for the final – both the semis and the final are one match only.

Lawrence Ostlere26 November 2021 14:17

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World Cup play-off draw

Follow live coverage of the World Cup 2022 play-off draw as Scotland and Wales learn their potential path to Qatar.

Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia, Poland, North Macedonia, Austria and Czech Republic are in the draw alongside the Scots and the Welsh as they bid to join England and a host of others at the tournament next year.

Scotland, Wales, Portugal, Italy, Russia and Sweden are seeds and they will be at home for the semi-finals, against one of the other six unseeded nations before one-off finals to decide who will go to Qatar and who will miss out. The games will take place in the next international break in March next year.

Alex Pattle26 November 2021 14:08



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