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Poland goes east to fight for a spot in 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Poland will go to Russia to face the home team in a World Cup qualification play-off game. The winning team will then play a final game either against Sweden or the Czech Republic. Twelve teams will compete for the three remaining spots left for European teams. The pairs and paths were drawn on Friday in Zurich, whereas the play-off games will be played in March 2022.

Poland will play against Russia away in a path B World Cup play-off, while Sweden will face the Czech Republic.

The last two European champions, Italy and Portugal, could face each other after they were drawn in the same path for the playoffs.

The 12 teams -- 10 of which finished runners-up in their groups -- were split into three four-team paths, each with its own semi-finals and final. Seeded teams were guaranteed a home game in the semi-finals.

The winning team from each path qualifies for the World Cup in Qatar, meaning Italy and Portugal cannot both reach the tournament.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place between November 21 and December 18eurosport

Italy, who won the Euros earlier this year, and 2016 European champions Portugal will play their semi-final games at home against North Macedonia and Turkey, respectively.

Should the two heavyweights advance, Portugal will have home advantage in the final.

Failure to advance would be a major blow for four-times World Cup winners Italy, who did not qualify for the 2018 edition -- the first time they missed out on qualification in 60 years.

Wales, who are looking to reach their first World Cup in 64 years, were drawn in the same path as Scotland, who have not qualified since 1998.

The semi-finals and finals will be played from March 24-29. The three winning teams from each path qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

The play-off semi-finals and finals will be played from March 24-29FIFAeurosport

Path A Semi-final 1: Scotland v Ukraine Semi-final 2: Wales v Austria Path B Semi-final 3: Russia v Poland Semi-final 4: Sweden v Czech Republic Path C Semi-final 5: Italy v North Macedonia Semi-final 6: Portugal v Turkey

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