CONFIRMED: Two European Heavyweight nations to battle each other for World Cup Playoff
Only one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Euro 2020 winners Italy will book their place at World Cup 2022, with the two heavyweight nations staring at one another in a potential final matchup with a spot in Qatar on the line.
World Cup European Playoff draw: Italy vs North Macedonia, Portugal vs Turkey
The winner of Portugal v Turkey will be at home to the winner of Italy v North Macedonia in the final of Path C
Portugal will face Turkey while Italy will take on North Macedonia, with the winners of those games set to collide in the Path C finale. The winner of that finale will go to Qatar, with the loser missing out on the World Cup.
British hopefuls Scotland and Wales who are going to need to get through Ukraine and Austria in order to keep their dreams of reaching the finals in Qatar alive, with the winners of those games facing off.
Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hoping to edge a step closer to gracing another major international tournament when Sweden take on Czech Republic, while Russia must overcome Poland.
The 12 remaining teams battling it out for three places at Qatar 2022 have been split into three paths of four nations.
Six semi-finals will take place in total, with the winners of those moving on to finals that will determine the remaining qualifiers.
The semi-finals will be played on March 24 and 25 in 2022, with the finals being held on March 28 and 29.
Ten countries have already progressed through the group stage of UEFA qualification.
They are Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Croatia, England and Germany.
Elsewhere, Brazil and Argentina have booked their places at the finals alongside hosts Qatar.