The European Qualifiers define another eight qualifiers for the World Cup this week

The European Qualifiers define another eight qualifiers for the World Cup this week

Ten of the thirteen European places that will be part of the line-up for the Qatar World Cup 2022 will be defined in the coming days, when the group stage of the UEFA Qualifiers is completed with the last two days scheduled in each of the groups. The definition days can be experienced by Star +.

Denmark and Germany have already secured their presence in the World Cup. They stamped their passport in the previous calendar window reserved for national teams, last October. Therefore, there are eight pending vacancies to establish their presence in the tournament and numerous applicants, with direct confrontations between the candidates to define the winner of each group.

The other three remaining places planned for European football will come out of the play-offs that will be played in March next year and that will play the ten second classified plus two teams, according to the ranking achieved in the last League of Nations.

These places for the ‘play off’ are also at stake in these two days.

With the Danes and Germans already with a fixed place, selections as Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Croatia, England, Poland, Albania, Turkey, Wales, Ukraine or Finland prepare their commitments and calculate their World Cup chances.

Portugal and Serbia are assured of the first two places in Group A although they have to determine the order. The Balkan team has one more point in the table but also one more match than its rival. Both will face each other at the Da Luz stadium in Lisbon next Sunday but first, this Thursday, the Portuguese team must beat the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

More open is the B, with Spain, plagued with casualties, and Sweden, reinforced with the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the main candidates but with Greece still with options. Between the three teams the situation will be resolved. Luis Enrique’s team will play in Athens on Thursday with no margin for error. The Scandinavian team, in the first position, visits Georgia. If both win their respective matches, the confrontation between them on Sunday in Seville will be like a final. Definitive.

Italy and Switzerland must establish who will be first and second in Group C. They will play a key duel with each other on Friday in Rome and then, on the last date, next Monday, neither can fail. The European champion visits Belfast to face Northern Ireland and Switzerland hosts Bulgaria.

France, who will not be able to count on Paul Pogba, low at the last minute, has everything in their favor to seal his pass and defend the title won in Moscow. A win over Kazakhstan on Saturday at the Parc des Princes in Paris or in Helsinki three days later guarantees your pass. Ukraine’s second options in this group’s standings go through a defeat of the world champion and their triumph in Bosnia on Tuesday. Finland and, to a lesser extent, Bosnia Herzegovina, have some mathematical probability. But little real possibility.

Similar situation that France has Belgium that is sure one of the first two positions of Group E. It will be first if they beat Estonia on Saturday in Brussels or if Wales, the only one who can hunt him down, does not score three points against Belarus in Cardiff. The Czech Republic is only waiting for second place and being part of the play-off.

Netherlands has one foot in Qatar although he must endorse his position in the final clash on Tuesday in Rotterdam against Norway who is waiting and that he will not be able to count on the goals of Erling Haaland, injured.

But first, the Dutch and the Norwegians have to meet their commitments on Saturday against Montenegro in Podgorica and against Latvia in Oslo, respectively. Turkey is also contemplating options but has no margin for error against Gibraltar or Montenegro. And you must wait for the mistake of your rivals in qualifying.

Russia and Croatia are guaranteed a place in the top two but must establish order in the meetings that come, especially in the duel between the two on Sunday, decisive, in Split. Earlier, on Thursday Russia will host Cyprus in Saint Petersburg and Croatia visits Malta. None can fail.

England has the passport in hand that must be stamped with a win against Albania at Wembley on Friday. Poland, with three points less in the table, is on the lookout but must wait for a mistake from Gareth Southgate’s team and add the three points both against Andorra on Friday and against Hungary in Warsaw on Monday. Albania does the math, especially for second place. But his fate is due to the error of the English and the Poles.


Thursday 11 November
Group A
Azerbaijan – Luxembourg
Republic Ireland – Portugal
B Group
Georgia – Sweden
Greece – Spain
Group H
Russia – Cyprus
Malta – Croatia
Group J
Armenia – Macedonia
Romania – Iceland
Germany – Liechtenstein
Friday 12 November
Group C
Italy – Switzerland
Northern Ireland – Lithuania
Group F
Moldova – Scotland
Denmark – Faroe Islands
Austria – Israel
Group I
Andorra – Poland
Hungary – San Marino
England – Albania
Saturday 13 November
Group D
Bosnia – Finland
France – Kazakhstan
Group E
Wales – Belarus
Belgium – Estonia
Group G
Norway – Latvia
Turkey – Gibraltar
Montenegro – Netherlands
Sunday 14 November
Group A
Luxembourg – Republic of Ireland
Portugal – Serbia
B Group
Greece – Kosovo
Spain – Sweden
Group H
Malta – Slovakia
Slovenia – Cyprus
Croatia – Russia
Group J
Liechtenstein – Romania
Armenia – Germany
Macedonia – Iceland
Monday 15 November
Group C
Northern Ireland – Italy
Switzerland – Bulgaria
Group F
Israel – Faroe Islands
Scotland – Denmark
Austria – Moldova
Group I
San Marino – England
Albania – Andorra
Poland – Hungary
Tuesday 16 November
Group D
Finland – France
Bosnia – Ukraine
Group E
Wales – Belgium
Czech Republic – Estonia
Group G
Gibraltar – Latvia
Montenegro – Turkey
Netherlands – Norway

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