Republic of Ireland draw Euro 2020 champions Portugal and Serbia in World Cup draw while Northern Ireland face Italy

Mon, Dec 07 2020

Stephen Kenny's first full campaign will see Portugal and Serbia visit Dublin. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

The Republic of Ireland have been drawn alongside European champions Portugal and Serbia in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Stephen Kenny’s side will also face Luxembourg and Azerbaijan as they bid to make a first appearance in 20 years at the finals in the Gulf state.

Northern Ireland face a much tougher road if they are to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 as they were drawn alongside serial qualifiers Italy and Switzerland.

Bulgaria, who drew twice with the Republic in the UEFA Nations League this year, and Lithuania complete the group for Ian Baraclough’s maiden campaign.

Elsewhere, England have been drawn in an interesting group alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino.

Scotland face another clash with Israel after beating them in their Euro 2020 play-off semi-final, while Denmark, Austria, the Faroe Islands and Moldova also await Steve Clarke’s side.

And Wales will face top seeds Belgium, the Czech Republic, Belarus and Estonia as they seek to end a 64-year wait for a second-ever World Cup finals appearance.


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