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Reds discover World Cup play-off fate

Friday 26 November 2021 16:29

The draw for the UEFA qualifying play-offs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup has been made and there's plenty of United interest.

Twelve teams are to be narrowed down to three eventual qualifiers, via a trio of separate qualifying paths.

Euro 2016 champions Portugal were pipped to top spot in Group A after losing to Serbia on the final matchday and Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot now know who they will have to beat to make it to Qatar next winter.

Fernando Santos's side are seeded and will play Turkey at home in the semi-final, with four-time world champions Italy or North Macedonia - who have never appeared at the World Cup finals - then waiting in the Path C final should they be successful. Obviously, this means at least one of Portugal or Italy will not be in Qatar.

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Scotland's Scott McTominay and Wales's Dylan Levitt are on a collision course in Path A, as they will face each other in the final for a spot at the tournament if they can get past Ukraine and Austria respectively.

Potential history beckons, with Scotland bidding for a first finals appearance in 24 years, while Wales have not qualified since 1958.

Victor Lindelof and Sweden, meanwhile, are in Path B.

The Scandinavians, who finished four points behind Spain at the summit of Group B, host Czech Republic in the semis, with Russia and Poland on the other side of the draw.

All six semi-finals will be played on Thursday 24 March, with the three finals then scheduled for the following Tuesday.

The full draw can be viewed below..

PATH A

Scotland v Ukraine
*Wales v Austria

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PATH B

*Russia v Poland
Sweden v Czech Republic

PATH C

Italy v North Macedonia
*Portugal v Turkey

*Denotes tie winner will play at home in final.

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