Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal face off in the 2022 World Cup after being drawn on the same ‘path’ as Euro 2020 champions Italy. These international soccer giants have failed to win their qualifying teams and are now facing the daunting task of winning the play-off campaign – something Italy failed to do in 2017.
Portugal and the Azzurri were drawn on the ‘C’ route, where they would face Turkey in the semi-finals and Italy would face North Macedonia.
The winner of those two matches will advance to the finals, a match in which the winner will book a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
So that means at least one of the two European champions will not reach the biggest stage in all the games …
2022 World Cup draw- Europe
Scotland vs Ukraine – 24 March 2022
Wales vs Austria – 24 March 2022
Last – Wales / Austria vs Scotland / Ukraine – 29 March 2022
The winner of Path A qualifies for the 2022 World Cup
Russia vs Poland – 24 March 2022
Sweden vs the Czech Republic – 24 March 2022
Last – Russia / Poland vs Sweden / Czech Republic – 29 March 2022
The winner of Path B qualifies for the 2022 World Cup
Italy vs North Macedonia- 24 March 2022
Portugal vs Turkey – 24 March 2022
Last – Portugal / Turkey vs Italy / North Macedonia – 29 March 2022
Path C winner wins 2022 World Cup