Cristiano Ronaldo fails to lead Portugal to automatic World Cup qualification as they lost to Serbia in the last match of their World Cup qualifiers as they ended second on the log.
The group consists of:
It’s surprising that a team like Portugal with the array of stars at its disposal could not top this group and qualify automatically without going to the playoff.
They playoff will take place in March 2022.
3 out of 12 teams will qualify for the World Cup.
These are the 10 teams that placed second in their qualifying groups and 2 best Nation League group winners who did not finish in the top two of the World Cup qualification stage, which are Austria and Czech Republic.
These 12 teams are divided into three four-team paths, with each path consisting of semi-finals and a final. The winners of the three finals advance to the World Cup.
The top six qualifying group runners-up will be seeded for the draw while the remaining six teams will be unseeded.
The draws for the Playoff will take place on the 26th of November 2021.
The 12 teams are:
Switzerland or Italy.
Finland or Ukraine.
Turkey or Norway.