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Uefa 2022 World Cup qualifiers: Which European national teams made Qatar?

By Andrew Francis

Uefa 2022 World Cup qualifiers: Which European national teams made Qatar?

Published: 7:30, 1 April 2022


The World Cup draw takes place on April 1st, where 12 of the 13 nations from Europe have been determined.

The final qualifiers for Uefa played out last month and we are now desperately close to knowing who will be competing in Qatar.


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What’s happened so far?

Qualification from Uefa started in March 2021, with 55 nations joining the group stage. These nations were put into 10 groups with seedings based on the Fifa world rankings at the time.

The winners of each group qualified automatically for the World Cup, while the 10 runners-up advanced to the second round. To make up our final group of 12 for the second round, those 10 sides have been joined by the two best ranked teams from the Nations League that have yet to qualify.

The 12 nations were split into three groups of four, with each group set to contest a mini knockout tournament to determine who will clinch the final three Uefa berths for the Qatar finals.

How do things look now?

The second round of the qualification process mentioned above took place in late March. The mini tournament format will crown three winners — one from each Path — who will advance to the World Cup.

Poland and Portugal ultimately sealed progression via the play-offs, but Path A is yet to be determined between Scotland, Ukraine and Wales.

Below are the matches that have taken place and those that are scheduled.

Path A

Semi-finals Date
Scotland vs Ukraine Postponed*
Wales 2-1 Austria March 24, 2022
Final
Scotland/Ukraine vs Wales Postponed*

*Matches postponed due to ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Rescheduled for June.

Path B (Complete)

Semi-finals Date
Russia vs Poland* N/A
Sweden 1-0 Czech Republic (AET) March 24, 2022
Final
Poland 2-0 Sweden March 29, 2022

*Poland awarded a bye due to Russia’s suspension from the competition

Path C (Complete)

Semi-finals Date
Italy 0-1 North Macedonia March 24, 2022
Portugal 3-1 Turkey March 24, 2022
Final
North Macedonia 0-2 Portugal March 29, 2022

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What could happen next?

With matches being disrupted by global events, the identity of the final Uefa competitor won’t be determined until June.

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