The final spots for the greatest sporting event on the planet, the FIFA World Cup, are up for grabs, as draws for the playoffs have finally been made.
According to UEFA, the draw starred the eight second-placed nations in the European qualifying groups, with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their section. The seedings were based on the FIFA World Rankings for October 2017, which was published on Monday.
The Republic of Ireland is set to take on Denmark, whereas Northern Ireland will square off with Switzerland in the World Cup play-offs next month. As it happened, both Martin O’Neill and Michael O’Neill displayed their relief at evading Italy.
Switzerland happens to be the highest-ranked team that failed to conclude at the top of their group. The Republic are confident, after beating Wales in Cardiff in their final group game to take the second place in their group behind Serbia.
Further in the draw, Croatia is placed to compete with Greece, and Sweden is set to go up against Piero Ventura’s Italian side.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) October 17, 2017
The play-offs are set to commence in the November 2017 international window. The ties are scheduled to take place between November 9 and November 14.
Regardless of the playoffs, the teams already heading to Russia include Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Nigeria, Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, and Spain.
Written by Hritwik NE
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