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

The play-off fixtures have been decided involving Scotland and Wales as well as the likes of Euro 2020 winners Italy and Euro 2016 winners Portugal

Alex Pattle
Friday 26 November 2021 18:06
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World Cup 2022: Which teams qualify for the Qatar finals?

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

Scotland and Wales could meet to decide who goes to Qatar after they were both drawn in the same path for the qualifying play-offs. Steve Clarke's side will welcome Ukraine to Hampden Park in March while Rob Page's team will face Austria in Cardiff. The winners will then meet in a one-off final for a place at the 2022 tournament.

One of Euro 2020 winners Italy and Euro 2016 winners Portugal will also miss out after they were drawn in the same section. The games, including all six semi-finals and the following three one-off finals, will take place in the next international break early next year.

Follow all the latest reaction from the draw:

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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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