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European champions Italy, Portugal in same World Cup play-off path

BoomRadioNG | November 28, 2021
European champions Italy and Portugal could meet for a place at the 2022 World Cup after being drawn in the same play-off path on Friday.
The Azzurri and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal both finished second in their qualifying groups.
Italy will host North Macedonia in the play-off semi final in March, with Turkey visiting Portugal, before the winners face off for a spot at next year’s finals in Qatar.
The draw means that one of the last two European Championship winners will not be at the next World Cup.
The winners of Portugal’s match with Turkey will host the final-round game in Path C.
Elsewhere in the playoffs, British rivals Wales and Scotland could play each other in the final of Path A.

Portugal National Football Team
Анна Нэсси, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

Scotland will welcome Ukraine to Glasgow in their semi-final game. Wales take on Austria in Cardiff, with the winners to have home advantage in the final.
Russia face Poland in the Path B semi-finals, with the winners to host Sweden or the Czech Republic.
Paul Ayorinde

Written by BoomRadioNG


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