Euro 2020 champions Italy will be missing the flight to Qatar after being knocked out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoffs by North Macedonia. Aleksandar Trajkovski’s goal in the injury time in Palermo was enough for North Macedonia to get past four-time World Cup winners who also missed the World Cup in Russia.
North Macedonia will now go to Porto to face Portugal next Tuesday after the Euro 2016 winners defeated Turkey 3-1 at the Estadio do Dragao.
Teams who have already qualified for the Qatar World Cup football tournament
A total of 19 of 32 teams have officially qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including the host nation. That leaves 13 spots to be filled in the upcoming months.
From South America Brazil, Argentina had already qualified for the Qatar World Cup and now the two teams will be joined by Uruguay and Ecuador who clinched the final two automatic spots.
From Asia, host Qatar got an automatic qualification, while Japan, South Korea, Iran, and Saudi Arabia have booked their place for the mega event
From Europe Germany, Denmark, France Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have so far confirmed their spot after winning their group
2022 FIFA World Cup playoffs: Teams in contention to gain the qualification
Currently, Poland, Sweden, Portugal, North Macedonia, Wales, Scotland, Ukraine have kept their hopes alive of qualifying for Qatar World Cup. Wales following their 2-1 win over Austria is now one step closer to qualifying for the first World Cup finals appearance in 64 years. With Wales overcoming Austria they are likely to face either the winners of Ukraine vs Scotland match which was postponed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Portugal defeated Turkey 3-1 to win their semi-final encounter and will next face North Macedonia who stunned Italy. Sweden overcame the Czech Republic 1-0 after extra time and is now set to face Poland who received a bye after Russia was banned.
From Asia Australia, Iraq, Lebanon, and United Arab Emirates will be competing for a single playoff spot where they will take on a team from South America.
From Africa, no teams have booked their spot for Qatar World Cup however with South Africa and Ivory Oast already eliminated countries like Algeria, Cameroon, DR Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia will be competing for the 5 spots.
From the CONCACAF region Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, and the USA are still in contention for qualification with the top three finishers qualifying directly.
From the Oceaniagroup New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti are in running for a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. There are no direct qualifiers from the Oceania region. Its qualification format grants one winner a spot in June’s intercontinental playoff.
Just over 40% of the 32 teams at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will come from Europe.
Twelve of those 13 teams have already qualified for Qatar 2022, with the final spot to be confirmed via a playoff in June.
Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland and Holland all qualified automatically after winning their UEFA groups.
The 10 runners-up then all went into three four-team playoffs tournaments, along with Austria and the Czech Republic based on their performances in the UEFA Nations League.
Portugal won Path C, beating Turkey in their semi-final and then North Macedonia, who had knocked out European champions Italy.
Path B was won by Poland, who received a bye straight to the final after Russia were disqualified.
Sweden met Poland in the final after scraping past the Czech Republic. But Poland were comfortable winners over the Swedes in Chorzow thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Piotr Zielinski.
Path A is where Europe’s final qualifier will come from. Wales are already through to the final after beating Austria 2-1 in Cardiff.
Cardiff will also host the playoff final in June against either Scotland or Ukraine, who are set to met in Glasgow earlier that month.https://3aa98efcb5348bb7dbbb50d64c734743.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Scotland and Ukraine’s semi-final was originally meant to take place in March, but was postponed due to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Which European teams are going to Qatar 2022?
Wales, Scotland or Ukraine
2022 FIFA World Cup: Eliminated teams
Syria, Oman, China, Vietnam, Jamaica, Honduras, Paraguay, Venezuela, Italy, Turkey, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan, Greece Georgia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Estonia Belarus, Israel, Faroe Island, Moldova, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Albania, Hungary, Andorra, San Marino, Romania, Armenia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan