Italy, who had finished second in their pool in the main qualifiers, will open their campaign in the playoffs semi-finals against North Macedonia while Portugal will take on Turkey, the 2002 semi-finalists, in the other last-four match.
If Italy and Portugal win their respective semi-finals, they will clash in the final with the winner of that match booking their ticket to Qatar for the World Cup to be played from November 21-December 18, 2022.
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The playoffs will take place from March 24 to 29, 2022. The draw involved 10 group runners-up joined by the two best group winners from the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League overall ranking that have neither qualified directly as group winners nor entered the play-offs already as group runners-up.
These 12 teams were on Friday drawn into three play-off paths for one-off semi-finals and a final. The three path winners qualify for the World Cup.
Path A has Scotland taking on Ukraine in one semis and Wales meeting Austria in the other.
Path B has Russia meeting Poland in one semis and Sweden taking on the Czech Republic in the other.
Path C has Italy and Portugal playing North Macedonia and Turkey in their path.
Though Italy has a comparatively weaker opponent in North Macedonia in the semi-finals, they will be at a disadvantage if they reach the final as they will have to play away from home.