World Cup 2022 playoff draw: Italy or Ronaldo's Portugal to miss spot in Qatar

The final draw is expected to be held in April 2022



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By ANI

Published: Sat 27 Nov 2021, 10:49 AM

Last updated: Sat 27 Nov 2021, 10:56 AM

Either Italy or Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will fail to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar as the two sides were drawn in the same qualifying playoffs.

Scotland-Ukraine, Wales-Austria, Portugal-Turkey and Italy-North Macedonia are among the play-off semi-final ties as 12 nations discovered their route to the 2022 World Cup finals during the draw in Zurich, Switzerland.

"Wales could host Scotland in the play-off finals after both were drawn into Path A, while European champions Italy face a trip to Portugal or Turkey in the Path C decider if they can overcome North Macedonia," an official statement from UEFA said.

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The 22nd finals in Qatar will be the first World Cup not held in May, June or July.

The tournament is instead scheduled for a reduced timeframe between November 21 and December 18. The final draw is expected to be held in April 2022.


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