We asked the citizens for their thoughts on last night’s 0-0 between Northern Ireland and Italy, which gave Switzerland the qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, considering the 4-0 victory of the Swiss against Bulgaria. The final classification of group C, in fact, sees Switzerland first with 18 points, the Azzurri second with 16 and Bulgaria and Lithuania close at 8 and 3 points respectively.
Now it will be necessary to suffer in the play-offs, scheduled for 24/25 and 28/29 March 2022, in which Italy will have to play against the other nine runners-up, including Portugal, Sweden and Austria. In fact, 12 national teams will compete in the play-offs: the second classified for each of the 10 qualifying groups (therefore 10 teams) plus the two best unqualified Nations League. The draw, which will surely see Italy oppose another seeded player, will take place on November 26th at 5 pm, in Zurich. After that, 3 groups of 4 teams each will be created, of which two “big” and two “unseeded”. The two “bigs”, for example Italy and hypothetically Portugal, will have to play a straight match against the other two non-series teams, again by hypothesis, Wales and North Macedonia. At this point, the two winners will challenge the two winners of the remaining two groups in a play-off final, which will allow three national teams to secure the ticket for the World Cup.
The teams that will compete are Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Finland or Ukraine, Wales, Scotland, Holland or Turkey or Norway, Russia, Poland, North Macedonia, Austria and the Czech Republic. The semi-finals will be played on 24 and 25 March 2022 , while the three finals on 28 and 29 March.