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Ukraine could play against Italy or Portugal in FIFA World Cup qualification playoffs

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Yellow Blues are yet to make it through the semifinal and final games of the playoffs to get to the group stage
10:57, 17 November 2021

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Ukraine defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last match of qualification of FIFA World Cup 2022. This brought the team second place in the group and the right to compete in the playoffs of the qualification. 

As the qualification ended, 10 teams received the right to go to the championship directly, without the necessity to compete in the playoffs. These are the national teams of England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Serbia, France, Croatia, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The qualification playoffs will involve 12 teams, 10 of which came second in their respective groups, and Austria and Czechia that made their way through the UEFA Nations League. The squads will be divided into three groups, with semifinals and finals to be played.

Seeded: Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Wales

Non-seeded: Poland, North Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, Austria, Czechia.

Thus, Ukraine is to play against either Italy or Portugal.

The drawing ceremony will take place on November 26. The semifinals and finals of the qualification playoffs will take place in March 2022. The group stage of the World Cup is to be played in Qatar in November-December 2022.

Related: FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualification: Ukraine to play away game with Bosnia and Herzegovina

As is known, Ukraine outplayed Bosnians in the away game (0-2). Ukrainians could not score until the second half. But finally, they succeeded. Viktor Tsyhankov landed a cross from the left flank, and Roman Yaremchuk could not finish it. However, Oleksandr Zinchenko was the first to take control and successfully opened the score. The home team tried to even the odds, but after one of their shots, Ukraine went for a counter-attack and Artem Dovbyk defeated the goalkeeper in a one-on-one.

Related: Football: Ukraine's national team in FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification playoffs

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