European teams learn World Cup play-off fate

Eight European teams learnt their World Cup play-off fate on Monday, as they bid to seal a place in next year’s tournament in Brazil, BBC Sport has reported.

The draw, which took place at 1pm in Zurich, consisted of the eight teams with the highest points that finished runners-up in each group, with Denmark the unfortunate team to miss out. Top seeds in the draw Portugal face a showdown with Sweden, with either Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic to miss next summer’s World Cup.

Euro 2004 winners Greece will battle it out with Romania, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup since France 98.

1998 winners France play the runners up from England’s group, Ukraine. Ukraine have failed to win any of the four play-off ties they have appeared in.

The lowest ranked side in the draw, Iceland, take on a Croatia side that have just sacked manager Igor Stimac and appointed Nico Kovac to lead the side for the next three years.

The first leg of the play-offs is to be played on 15th November with the return leg taking place on 19th November. If the two teams are tied after both legs, the away goals rule comes into play. If they have scored the same number of away goals, we have extra-time and penalties.

The eight sides will be hoping to join the other European sides to have already qualified, including Belgium, Italy, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, England and current holders Spain.

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