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Football giants on World Mug clash in playoff shock

Football giants on World Mug clash in playoff shock

European champions Italy, as well as Portugal, might fulfill for an area at the 2022 Globe Mug after being attracted to the same play-off course.

The Azzurri as well as Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal both finished second in their certifying teams, behind Switzerland and also Serbia specifically.

Italy will host North Macedonia in the play-off first round in March, with Turkey seeing Portugal before the winners take on for an area at the following year's finals in Qatar.

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The draw implies that the last two European Champion victors will not go to the next Globe Mug. Portugal won the Euro 2016 title.

The victors of Portugal's match with Turkey will organize the final-round game in Path C.

  • " It's a really tough draw for us," claimed Italy train Roberto Mancini.
  • " North Macedonia is a very good team, and also if we win we have to play away."

Italy-- who defeated England on charges in the Euro 2020 last earlier this year-- is hoping to eliminate the memories of their play-off suffering from 4 years ago when they shed to Sweden as well as failed to qualify for the Globe Cup for the very first time given that 1958.

Portugal has been included at every significant championship because of losing out on the 1998 Globe Cup.

They only narrowly lost out on automated qualification when Aleksandar Mitrovic's late objective seized a 2-1 win for Serbia in both teams' last group match.

  1. " It's the crucial match to undergo to the last and also to win it. We now have to prepare well to be at a great degree in March.
  2. " In Some Cases they (Turkey) play well, various other times not. They're a team that constantly provide difficulties, however, I'm entirely encouraged that we'll be going to the Globe Cup."

Elsewhere in the playoffs, British competitors Wales, as well as Scotland, could play each various other in the final of Course A.

Scotland will welcome Ukraine to Glasgow in their semi-final game. Wales take on Austria in Cardiff, with the victors to have residence benefit in the final.

The Welsh are wanting to play in the international showpiece for the very first time in 64 years, while Scotland has actually not certified considering that 1998.

  • " We've provided ourselves a wonderful opportunity," stated Wales supervisor Robert Page.
  • " It was in 1958 that we last got the World Cup finals and also via the play-offs once again, so the reward is there for us.

" We functioned ever so tough to get that runner-up setting in the group and also earn that residence draw, and we have actually had the lucky break that if we win that semi-final we will additionally be a house for the last, so there's whatever to bet."

Russia faces Poland in the Course B semi-finals, with the champions to host Sweden or the Czech Republic.

The Russians, who got to the 2018 quarter-finals as the host nation, have just ever shed one World Mug qualifier in your home-- versus Germany in 2009.