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World Cup: Scotland and Wales on potential collision course

2021-11-29 01:20:58 1131 Versions

Both Scotland and Wales will look to make the most of their home advantage in March's World Cup 2022 playoffs.

Sadly for fans of both nations, if they come through their semi-final fixtures, they will meet in Cardiff for a spot in Qatar.

Scotland have not featured at a World Cup since 1998, while Wales' last appearance came in 1958 years ago and at least one of the pair will see their wait continue.


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Home draw key for British teams

Scotland and Wales were seeded for Friday's draw, meaning they were assured of a home tie in the semi-finals. The winner of Wales' meeting with Austria will then host either Scotland or Ukraine, and Robert Page's side will fancy their chances if they can make it to the final.

Wales last met Austria in a World Cup qualifier in 2017, coming out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Ben Woodburn. They are unbeaten in four games against Franco Foda's men and Page believes his team have a great chance of ending their wait for a place in the World Cup finals.

He told reporters: "We've worked ever so hard to finish second and get that home draw. We've got everything to play for."

Scotland will be waiting for Wales should everything go to plan, but Steve Clarke's side arguably have the tougher tie.

Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko had got his team firing and his successor Oleksandr Petrakov has continued along that thread, with Ukraine unbeaten in seven matches.

While they failed to get past England at Euro 2020, Ukraine picked up two draws against France during qualifying for the World Cup, and Clarke believes they are the toughest team his side could have been drawn against.

Speaking after Friday's draw, Clarke said: "Ukraine is up there with the toughest [draw], and then from that, we know Wales have done really well recently. We know the Austrians well.

"It's something for everyone to focus on and think about over the winter months and look forward to some good games in March, hopefully.

"We have shown over the course of the play-offs for Euro 2020 that we can handle the tension for semi-final and final games, and hopefully, we can prove that again in March."


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