World Cup 2022 play-off draw:
Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal drawn with Italy

Either European champions Italy or Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will miss out on the 2022 World Cup after being drawn in the same playoff path on Friday.

Iran PressEurope: Portugal will face Turkey while Italy will take on North Macedonia in their semi-final playoff matchups, with the winners of those games set to collide in the Path C finale. The final winner will go to Qatar, with the loser missing out on the World Cup.

Italy finished as runners-up to Switzerland in the group stage of qualifying, while Portugal was pipped to the top spot after a home defeat to Serbia.

Speaking after the draw, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said: "I have complete confidence that we will be at the World Cup in Qatar. It's not worth talking about Italy. We have to focus, first of all, on beating Turkey."

Italy manager Roberto Mancini told RAI2: "It hasn't been a great draw, it could have gone better. We will have to beat North Macedonia and Portugal will have to beat Turkey."


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