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With two rounds remaining in European World Cup qualifying, the race is hotting up for a place at Qatar 2022.
In October, Germany became the first country to book a place at the finals, quickly followed by Denmark. That leaves eight automatic qualification spots still up for grabs for group winners, along with 10 playoff places for the group runners-up.
– UEFA World Cup playoff system explained
– World Cup 2022 qualifying: How it works around the world
Here’s the state of play across all 10 groups.
Nov. 11: Azerbaijan vs. Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland vs. Portugal
Nov. 14: Luxembourg vs. Republic of Ireland, Portugal vs. Serbia
The group is a straight battle between Serbia (17 points) and Portugal (16 points). Portugal have a game in hand, away to Ireland, and they need a point to keep the group in their own hands.
If Cristiano Ronaldo’s team can win or draw in Dublin, they will only need to avoid defeat at home to Serbia to qualify automatically. Lose to Ireland, and Portugal must beat Serbia.
Serbia know that in all likelihood they will have to win in Lisbon to overtake Portugal and avoid the playoffs.
Nov. 11: Georgia vs. Sweden, Greece vs. Spain
Nov. 14: Greece vs. Kosovo, Spain vs. Sweden
Only Sweden (15 points) and Spain (13 points) can win the group.
Sweden can qualify on Nov. 11 if they win in Georgia and Spain fail to beat Greece, but if both countries win then it will come down to the meeting between the two in Seville — and Sweden would need to avoid defeat to top the group and go direct to the World Cup, consigning Spain to the playoffs.
Greece still retain a chance of the playoffs, but would need to beat Spain and Kosovo and hope Spain…
Source : espn