The Republic of Ireland have been drawn in Group A of the European 2022 World Cup qualifiers, along with Portugal, Serbia, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan.
Stephen Kenny’s men have their work cut out for them if they hope to make it to the Fifa World Cup in Qatar, taking on the 2016 European champions in the qualifiers.
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Things could have been worse for Ireland but they will have to play five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and co.
Group A – Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group B – Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C – Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group D – France, Ukraine, Finland, Boznia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E – Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia
Group F – Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G – Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H – Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta
Group I – England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Group J – Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein
A total of 13 European teams will qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. 10 of those will qualify directly by winning their qualification groups while a further three will qualify through playoffs.