World Cup 2022 Play-Off Draw: Italy or Portugal will miss out on Qatar

Scotland could play Wales for a place at the 2022 World Cup, while one of Italy or Portugal are guaranteed to miss out on Qatar next year.

Only three teams from Europe can reach the World Cup next year via the play-offs and the draw means at least one major nation inside Fifa’s top 10 ranking will certainly miss out.

In Path C, Italy will play North Macedonia in their semi-final, while Portugal will meet Turkey.

Italy, who beat England to win Euro 2020 in the summer, could then meet Portugal in their play-off final to determine who gets a spot in Qatar.

‘It’s a very difficult draw for us,’ said Italy coach Roberto Mancini.

‘North Macedonia are very good and if we win, we go away to play the winner of Portugal v Turkey. It’s very strong.’

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