World Cup 2022 qualification for Qatar updates around the World
Several nations have now booked their place, with one year to go until the 2022 World Cup gets under way in Qatar.
France and Gareth Southgate’s England among those to secure their spots.
However, there will be some big names in Europe’s play-off deciders in March – with 13 of the 32 spots now taken.
England qualified for the 2022 World Cup as one of 10 group winners by thrashing San Marino 10-0 in their final Group I.
Also heading to the World Cup are 2018 winners France, while Belgium, Denmark and Germany.
Serbia scored a 90th-minute winner to move over Portugal to first place, Switzerland also took full advantage of Italy’s draw against Northern Ireland to take Group C on Monday, Netherlands emerged victorious from a closely contested Group G.
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Italy and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, as well as Sweden and Russia, join Scotland and Wales as the seeded play-off nations.
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The play-offs will begin with six single-leg semi-final matches played between 24 and 25 March 2022. The six semi-finals are split into three paths, leading to three play-off finals – also decided by a single match – which will take place between 28 and 29 March.
Brazil became the first South American nation to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, Argentina qualified after a goalless draw against Brazil at home.
Ecuador are six points clear of Colombia and Peru in the race to guarantee qualification with a top-four finish.
Canada went top after beating Mexico 2-1 on Tuesday, while USA drew 1-1 with Jamaica and Panama’s 2-1 win over El-Salvador saw them draw level with Mexico on 14 points are in the inter-confederation play-off spot.
In Asia, where qualifying will resume in January, 16 points from a possible 18 ensure Saudi Arabia top a difficult Group B – which also includes Japan, in second, and third-placed Australia.
Iran, who have also dropped just two points, leading South Korea. Meanwhile, Qatar automatically qualify as hosts.
Egypt will be one of the sides involved, as will Algeria, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia.