FIFA World Cup 2022: Italy, Portugal Find Each Other in Same Group

FIFA World Cup 2022: Italy, Portugal Find Each Other in Same Group

Italy and Portugal’s plans of qualifying for the World Cup will have to go through a play-off, where the FIFA World Cup European qualifiers regulars will potentially face-off against each other. Both have found themselves drawn into the same group during a draw hosted on Friday.

The Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal and the 2006 World Cup champions finished second in their respective groups, bowing out to eventual qualifiers Switzerland and Serbia. This puts them on a potential collision course, with only one of them making it out of the group.

How the Paths Converge

While fans are hoping that the groups will eventually play out with Italy or Portugal making it out, it’s not that easy. Italy will host North Macedonia while Portugal hosts Turkey in their respective initial campaigns to be held in March. The FIFA World Cup playoffs winners of that round will then meet in next year’s finals in Qatar.

The way this draw works is that one of both former European Champions will miss the World Cup in Qatar. Italy is a former European Champion, while Portugal has recently won the prestigious award with the Euro 2016 title going to them.

Pleasantries Between Macedonia and Italy

Italy will have to play their best football, according to coach Roberto Mancini. The Italian manager said that North Macedonia is a very good team, and they would love to have a repeat of how they beat England on penalties at the Euro 2020 final this year, which 12BET sportsbook fans watched.

Italy did not manage to reach the World Cup for the first time four years ago, where they also figured in the playoffs against Sweden, but lost. Portugal, for their part, has been to many competitions where they featured in the championship matches. They were also left at the outside looking in at the 1998 World Cup.

The Other Paths

While fireworks could erupt in the Playoffs, there are other matches where the football live score is to watch. Matches of note feature Wales against Scotland, and Russia against Poland. The Russians have notably only lost once on home soil—it was against Germany in 2009. They are also notable for being the hosts and quarter-finalists of the last 2018 World Cup.

 

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