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No Ronaldo or no Italy? Scotland & more learn fates as World Cup playoff draw confirmed

No Ronaldo or no Italy? Scotland & more learn fates as World Cup playoff draw confirmed


The draw for the upcoming 2022 World Cup playoffs has been confirmed on Friday, with one of Italy or Portugal guaranteed to miss out on a spot at the showpiece.

Giants collide

The final round of European qualifiers for the fast-approaching Qatar World Cup were of course played out earlier this month.

As a whole host of the top nations from across the continent battled it out for a guaranteed spot on world football’s grandest stage, the likes of England, Croatia, Germany and France all got the job done.

Final day slip-ups on the part of the aforementioned Italy and Portugal, however, saw both slip into 2nd in their respective groups at the last.

And, as alluded to above, such shortcomings are now guaranteed to cost one of the last two European Championship victors very, very dear…

No Ronaldo or no Italy? Scotland & more learn fates as World Cup playoff draw confirmed

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Domenico Berardi of Italy lifts The Henri Delaunay Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Andy Rain – Pool/Getty Images)

This comes with the playoff draw having thrown up a nightmare scenario for both nations.

If Italy and Portugal, as expected, advance beyond beyond North Macedonia and Turkey in their initial playoff outings, they will then be pitted against one another in a one-off showdown for a place in Qatar.

Cristiano Ronaldo and co. boast the slight edge as things stand, with any such tie scheduled to play out in Portugal.

Scotland face Ukraine

Elsewhere in the highly-anticipated draw, the winners of Russia vs Poland are set to take on either Sweden or the Czech Republic, whilst one of Wales or Scotland (or potentially both) will be left to watch on from home.

This comes with the two nations having been drawn in the same group, against Austria and Ukraine respectively.


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