January 25, 2022

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

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

The 2006 World Cup champions and the Cristiano Ronaldo-helmed Portugal settled for second in their respective groups. Switzerland and Serbia, respectively, thwarted their efforts to qualify for the World Cup without going through the playoffs. This puts them on a collision course against one another, with only one team making it to the group stages.

How the Paths Converge

Fans are eagerly hoping against hope that Italy and Portugal will make it both into the group rounds, but it’s not that easy to make it happen. Italy will host North Macedonia while Portugal hosts Turkey in their respective initial campaigns to be held in March. The FIFA World Cup qualifiers of that round will then meet in next year’s finals in Qatar.

This draw effectively ensures that one of these former Euro Champions won’t make it to the World Cup group rounds in Qatar. Both have won the Euro Cup at one time; Portugal has recently won that award, making it to the Finals and winning the Euro 2016 title.

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 Sports fans watched.

Italy failed to reach the World Cup group rounds four years ago, where they fought but lost against Sweden during the playoffs. Portugal also have a history of not reaching the World Cup in 1998; since then, they’ve been part of many competitions, where they fought for silverware in the championship matches.

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 also played hosts to countries in the 2018 World Cup.

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