Draw for the playoffs 2022: all details

Russia is one of 12 teams in the World Cup finals on Friday. This is how they were able to reach the final in Qatar 2022.

After missing out on automatic qualifying in a painful way earlier this month, Russia are two games away from a place on the showpiece next winter via the playoffs.

To secure a place at a third World Cup in a row, a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes or the relatively simple prospect of two home victories against teams ranked under Russia may be required.

How did Russia get here?

It can be argued that Russia had a lot of bad luck who did not qualify directly for the World Cup 2022, after being nine minutes of normal time from doing so thanks to a 0-0 draw they were heading towards in Croatia in their last qualifying match.

As it was, the fateful veteran defender Fyodor Kudryashov, who seemed to be carrying an injury, could not move his feet fast enough to prevent himself from inadvertently diverting a desperate appearance of the late Croatian cross into his own net.

It came at the end of a brave performance by Russia in the backyard of the 2018 World Cup finalists on an almost waterlogged level, although critics would dispute that Valeri Karpin’s team deserved defeat after spending the entire match defending.

Karpin himself suggested that Russia showed a lack of courage and ambition to keep the ball and attack, but even that was perhaps forgivable given how much was at stake, the quality of the resistance and the terrible conditions.

A place in the playoffs was at least a consolation reward for a lively effort and a result that was tough to take.

What are the teams in the draw?

There are 12 teams in the draw, consisting of Russia and nine other nations that also finished second in their groups. Two more, Austria and the Czech Republic, are included due to their overall UEFA Nations League ranking for 2020/21.

Two huge heavyweights are involved: EURO 2020 winners Italy should have qualified comfortably but managed to finish two points behind Switzerland via two draws group winners and a goalless draw in the electric race Northern Ireland.

The team Italy succeeded as EURO winner, Portugal, missed in even more dramatic circumstances, and suffered an unlikely defeat at home to Serbia in a winner-takes-all group stage final that left Cristiano Ronaldo in tears after his team rejected an early lead and lost to a 90th minute winner in Lisbon earlier this month.

Scotland, Sweden, Wales, Northern Macedonia, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine are also in the hat.

How does the draw work?

There are three courses: A, B and C. Each course consists of two semi-finals that will be drawn, where the winners of each course play a final against the other winning team assigned to that course.

All bands are one-legged, with the team from Pot 1 playing at home in the semifinals. The Pot 1 teams are Russia, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden and Wales. The Pot 2 teams are Austria, the Czech Republic, Northern Macedonia, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine.

At the same time as the draw for the courses and the semi-finals is made, a draw determines which of the semi-final winners will play at home in the final on their way. Some teams can not be drawn against each other, including Russia and Ukraine.

What are Russia’s chances?

Playing at home in the semi-final against a team from Pot 2 should give Russia a significant advantage. They can not face Italy, Portugal or the other two teams from the challengers who are ranked among the top 20, Sweden and Wales, at that stage.

Poland is the highest ranked team they could host, and is seven places above Russia in 27th place, but Paulo Sousa’s team stepped on EURO 2020 and hardly dazzled in the qualifiers despite having Champions League-winning goal machine Robert Lewandowski in their suffered and lost their last match. at home against Hungary when they finished six points behind the winners England.

Russia are unbeaten in eight host games and have scored nine goals without a response in four home games since Karpin took over after their overwhelming EURO campaign.

However, that record is greatly beautified by victories against the whip boys in their qualifying group: 6-0 over Cyprus and 2-0 over Malta.

Although the figures look promising, Russia can realistically be described as on par and untested under Karpin so far. Their real test is likely to come in a potential final.

What is the best draw for Russia?

There is no denying that Northern Macedonia is by far the weakest team on paper in the draw.

Their 67th place means they are 30 places below the nearest playoffs Turkey, making their win over Iceland in their last match to reach this stage even more impressive. They have not scored a goal on the road to losing all four matches against Russia in their history.

It would probably be equally confident on both sides if Russia were to draw against any of its other possible opponents in pot 2, in which case you would expect to be at home to make them favorites.

Russia must also hope that they are drawn at home for their potential final and that it is against a weaker side: either a Pot 2 challenger causing an uprising or Scotland from Pot 1, although a final against Sweden or Wales can also inspire believe.

And the worst case?

Apart from underdog motivation, no Russia fan will want to see Italy or Portugal on their way to the promised land.

Aside from the abundant quality within their ranks, the two giants of European football are likely to catch on fire after missing automatic qualification and be set on earning what they will see as their rightful place at the top of the table.

Russia would face a much stiffer test than they did in Croatia if they were to draw any of these laws, and there would be no reason to be optimistic given the mishaps they had to endure against comparable countries Belgium and Denmark this summer.

In terms of future semi-final rivals, Turkey looks reviving under new boss Stefan Kuntz, the Czech Republic reached the EURO quarter-finals and Poland reinforces Ballon d’Or challenger Lewandowski with a variety of players from top clubs across Europe.

What happens if Russia reaches the World Cup?

The move to replace Stanislav Cherchesov, who led Russia to the quarter-finals of the 2018 final, with Karpin in July will seem justified if Russia can get through a tough qualifying challenge.

They might not have expected to shine at EURO 2020, but to go out with a whine against the Danes and finish with a goal difference of minus five indicated a side to decline, and praising Karpin away from Rostov quickly led to an allegedly clean house.

Karpin is expected to oversee a better show than Russia put on this summer, and will no doubt be strengthened by winning the playoffs and entering his first tournament as international manager, having played in the 1994 and 2002 editions of the World Cup.

Russia have not reached the final stage of the tournament in four attempts away from home, which dates back to 1986 and has only three victories on the way.

What is the situation if Russia does not succeed?

It would probably depend on how they left the playoffs, as a narrow exit to the big two would probably be perceived very differently than, say, a slight defeat against a Pot 2 team.

Karpin’s approach so far has been seen as pragmatic – throwing out former captain Artem Dzyuba while targeting players generally considered to be past his best, giving up 74 per cent of ball possession to Slovakia while winning 1-0 at home – but it can be considered conservative. stiffness without results to show for it.

Karpin has a contract until the end of the World Cup campaign, which indicates that he will need to guide Russia to significant progress in the final to be sure of keeping his job.

In addition to these immediate fears, Russia would have something to look forward to in the form of the draw for the EURO 2024 qualifier, which will take place in October 2022 to decide which countries will face each other on the way to the final in Germany.

When is the playoffs and when is it the World Cup 2022?

The draw will be held at 17.00 CET on Friday 26 November.

Russia is at home in the semifinals on March 24, 2022. Should they win, they will be in a final five days later, on March 29.

The finals in Qatar are expected to take place from November 21 to December 18, 200, with the draw of the finals in April before.

(RT.com)

Source: sn.dk


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