2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA: Matchday Ten Roundup

Roundup of the concluding round of UEFA Qualifying for 2022 FIFA World Cup as the ten automatic qualifiers finally became clear, whilst play-off places were settled in terms of seeding and unseeded positions. 

England headed into this final round looking to book automatic qualification away in San Marino, where they needed just one point to seal their place in Qatar next winter.

Scotland and Wales meanwhile sought to secure seeded play-off spots with their places in the Play-Offs already finalised.

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland meanwhile had nothing to play for but Northern Ireland delivered a huge surprise, which had major ramifications in Group C as to who sealed automatic qualification for Qatar.

Now here is a full roundup of each group coupled with final standings.

 

Group A

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Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late strike saw Serbia come from behind to stun Portugal 2-1 to automatically qualify for the World Cup, after Dusan Tadic had cancelled out Renato Sanches’ second minute opener.

Portugal consequently will face the Play-Offs by virtue of finishing second in the group.

Jason Knight provided two assists in 13 minutes as Republic of Ireland thrashed Luxembourg in a 3-0 away win to finish third.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Serbia 8 +9 20
2 Portugal 8 +11 17
3 Republic of Ireland 8 +3 9
4 Luxembourg 8 -10 9
5 Azerbaijan 8 -13 1

 

Group B

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Alvaro Morata’s 86th minute tap-in proved enough for Spain to scrape past Sweden and book their spot at 2022 FIFA World Cup via automatic qualification, whilst the Swedish were condemned to the lottery of the Play-Offs.

Amir Rrahmani rescued Kosovo a point in a comeback 1-1 draw against Greece, who had taken the lead through Giorgos Masouras in Athens.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Spain 8 +10 19
2 Sweden 8 +6 15
3 Greece 8 0 10
4 Georgia 8 -6 7
5 Kosovo 8 -10 5

Group C

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Northern Ireland finished third after holding Group C leaders and Euro champions, Italy to a shock goalless draw in Belfast.

Switzerland consequently took full advantage to top Group C and seal automatic qualification with a 4-0 home win over Bulgaria, as Noah Okafor, Ruben Vargas, Cedric Itten and Remo Freuler all netted.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Switzerland 8 +13 18
2 Italy 8 +11 16
3 Northern Ireland 8 -1 9
4 Bulgaria 8 -8 8
5 Lithuania 8 -15 3

 

Group D

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France finished their Qualifying campaign on a high with a 2-0 away win in Finland through second-half goals from Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe.

Finland consequently missed out on the Play-Offs after Ukraine beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 away in Zenica through second-half strikes from Oleksandr Zinchenko and Artem Dovbyk, which proved enough to snatch second in Group D and a play-off spot.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 France 8 +15 18
2 Ukraine 8 +3 12
3 Finland 8 0 11
4 Bosnia & Herzegovina 8 -3 7
5 Kazakhstan 8 -15 3

 

Group E

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Kieffer Moore’s 32nd minute strike saw Wales fight back to snatch a 1-1 draw at home to already qualified Belgium, which saw Rob Page’s Welsh Dragons secure second and a seeded spot for the semi-finals.

Goals from Jakub Brabec and Jan Sykora saw Czech Republic defeat Estonia 2-0 to finish third, although the Czechs qualify for the Play-Offs as one of two best placed teams in the UEFA Nations League path.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Belgium 8 +19 20
2 Wales 8 +5 15
3 Czech Republic 8 +5 14
4 Estonia 8 -12 4
5 Belarus 8 -17 3

 

Group F

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John Souttar headed in his first international goal as Scotland recorded their sixth straight victory with a 2-0 home win over Denmark – who had already automatically qualified, as Che Adams added their second goal in the closing minutes.

Israel snatched a nervy 3-2 victory for Faroe Islands which meant that they finished third by virtue of goals scored, despite sharing a goal difference of +2 with Austria who had thrashed Moldova 4-1 in Klagenfurt with Marko Arnautovic netting a brace.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Denmark 10 +27 27
2 Scotland 10 +10 23
3* Israel 10 +2 16
4* Austria 10 +2 16
5 Moldova 10 -16 14
6 Faroe Islands 10 -25 1

*Israel finish third by virtue of having scored 23 goals throughout Qualifying compared to Austria who netted 19 goals.

Group G

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Late goals from Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay saw Netherlands defeat Norway 2-0 in Rotterdam to snatch automatic qualification.

Turkey consequently had to settle for a play-off spot despite coming from behind through Kerem Akturkoglu to defeat Montenegro 2-1 away in Podgorica, after the hosts took a fourth-minute lead through Fatos Beciraj.

Goals from Vladislavs Gutkovskis, Roberts Uldrikis and Raimonds Krollis saw Latvia come from behind to clinch a 3-1 victory away to Gibraltar, after the hosts had taken a seventh minute lead through Liam Walker.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Netherlands 10 +25 23
2 Turkey 10 +11 21
3 Norway 10 +7 18
4 Montenegro 10 -1 12
5 Latvia 10 -3 9
6 Gibraltar 10 -39 0

 

Group H

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Fyodor Kudryashov’s 81st minute own goal saw Croatia snatch a 1-0 home victory over Russia which proved enough to see the 2018 World Cup runners-up qualify automatically by a single point from Russia, with the 2018 hosts now forced to enter the Play-Offs.

Slovakia finished third after Ondrej Duda’s hat-trick along with a brace from Albert Rusnak and Vernon De Marco’s goal sealed a 6-0 away win over Malta.

Miha Zajc and Adam Gnezda Cerin netted as Slovenia concluded their Qualifying campaign in fourth with a 2-1 win over Cyprus.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Croatia 10 +17 23
2 Russia 10 +13 22
3 Slovakia 10 +7 14
4 Slovenia 10 +1 14
5 Cyprus 10 -17 5
6 Malta 10 -21 5

 

Group I

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Harry Kane netted four goals and Trent Alexander-Arnold provided three assists as England thrashed San Marino 10-0 in Serravalle to secure automatic promotion for 2022 FIFA World Cup, which condemned Poland to the Play-Offs.

Daniel Gazdag netted for the second consecutive match as Hungary stunned Poland 2-1 away in Warsaw, after Karol Swiderski had equalised for the hosts following Andras Schafer’s opener for the visitors.

Endri Cekici’s 73rd minute penalty saw Albania beat Andorra 1-0 to finish third.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 England 10 +36 26
2 Poland 10 +19 20
3 Albania 10 0 18
4 Hungary 10 +6 17
5 Andorra 10 -16 6
6 San Marino 10 -45 0

 

Group J

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Ilkay Gundogan’s brace helped Germany finish Qualifying on a high in Group J with a 4-1 win away in Armenia.

Elif Elmas’ brace saw North Macedonia defeat Iceland 3-1 in Skopje to secure a Play-Off spot after Jon Dagur Porsteinsson had equalised for the visitors to cancel out Ezgjan Alioski’s seventh-minute opener.

Goals from Dennis Man and Nicusor Bancu saw Romania win 2-0 away in Liechtenstein to finish third.

Position  Team Played  Goal Difference Points
1 Germany 10 +32 23
2 North Macedonia 10 +12 22
3 Romania 10 +5 14
4 Armenia 10 -11 12
5 Iceland 10 -6 9
6 Liechtenstein 10 -32 1

 

Play-Off Details

The Play-Offs will be split into three paths of which each path contain four teams, with the winning team from each path securing the final qualification spots at 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Six teams though will be seeded alongside six unseeded teams and will host their semi-finals at home with a further draw to take place to determine the host venue for the finals of each path, with details of the six seeded and six unseeded teams available below.

Seeded Team Unseeded Teams
Portugal Turkey
Scotland Poland
Italy North Macedonia
Russia Ukraine
Sweden Austria
Wales Czech Republic

The draw will be held on Friday 26 November in Zurich, Switzerland from 4pm GMT UK Time with the semi-finals scheduled for 24-25 March 2022, ahead of the Play-Off Finals across 28-29 March where the three last qualified teams will be finalised.

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