WC play-off draw: Scotland may face Wales | Italy & Portugal can’t both qualify

Scotland and Wales could face off for a place at next year’s World Cup should they defeat Ukraine and Austria in their respective play-off semi-finals.

Both nations were drawn in Path A, with Scotland facing Ukraine at Hampden Park and Wales welcoming Austria to Cardiff.

Wales will have home advantage against Scotland or Ukraine should they progress to the play-off final.

Italy and Portugal were drawn in Path C, meaning they cannot both qualify for next year’s tournament in Qatar.

European champions Italy were drawn against North Macedonia, the lowest-ranked team in the play-offs with a world ranking of 67.

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Wales caretaker boss Rob Page says his ‘wish list’ was answered by their World Cup play-off draw, and his side won’t be playing their two possible home games anywhere except the Cardiff City Stadium.

Italy, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, will have home advantage for that tie and would travel to Portugal or Turkey in a potential heavyweight final clash.

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Highlights of the World Cup qualifying group A match between Portugal and Serbia.

Russia will be at home to Poland in their play-off semi-final with the winners hosting Sweden or the Czech Republic in another final.

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Scotland clinched a home semi-final with victory over Denmark in their final group qualifier

Scotland, who last reached the World Cup in 1998, clinched a home semi-final by winning their last six qualifying matches.

Steve Clarke’s side face a Ukraine team that reached the Euro 2020 quarter-finals before running out of steam against England.

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Steve Clarke says his Scotland team are full of confidence and will be relishing having a home crowd for their World Cup Qualifying play-off semi-final against Ukraine.

Ukraine finished a point above Finland in the qualifiers to seal runners-up spot behind France, going through the group undefeated after winning twice and drawing six times.

Austria finished third behind Scotland in Group F but qualified for the play-offs through the UEFA Nations League. Captained by Real Madrid’s David Alaba, they took Italy to extra-time in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

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Wales came from behind to draw with Belgium and finish second in their group ahead of the Czech Republic

Wales, whose only World Cup finals appearance in 1958 came after a play-off victory over Israel, were unbeaten in their last six qualifiers and drew at home to Belgium in their final match to clinch second spot in Group E.

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Highlights of the World Cup qualifying Group C match between Northern Ireland and Italy.

World Cup play-off draw

Path A

Scotland vs Ukraine

Wales vs Austria

Path B

Russia vs Poland

Sweden vs Czech Republic

Path C

Italy vs North Macedonia

Portugal vs Turkey

The play-offs to reach Qatar take place from March 24 to 29

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