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    CRISTIANO RONALDO’S chances of playing in a fifth World Cup hang in the balance in SunSport’s simulated European play-off draw. His Portugal side are drawn in Path B with Euro 2020 champions Italy, meaning just one of the European giants can make it to Qatar. 4Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal face a horror draw in SunSport's simulationCredit: AP 4 SunSport is assuming Ronaldo’s men can see off minnows North Macedonia and the Azzurri will be too strong for Austria. That would result in Portugal v Italy in a blockbuster shoot-out to determine who goes through to next year’s World Cup finals. CR7 fought back the tears earlier this month after Serbia scored a late winner to leapfrog Portugal and qualify automatically from Group A. The 2-1 defeat consigned Portugal to the lottery of the play-offs, which feature a host of European football’s biggest names. Italy are ranked fifth in the world but slumped to second in Group C after drab draws with Switzerland and Northern Ireland. That means Roberto Mancini’s men will have to do things the hard way if they’re...
    ITALY and Portugal suffered a nightmare World Cup 2020 Play-Off draw and now look set to face each other in a shoot-out for Qatar. The Euro 2020 winners and Cristiano Ronaldo's nation both finished second in their qualifying groups, behind Switzerland and Serbia respectively. 2Cristiano Ronaldo may miss out on next year's World Cup with PortugalCredit: AP 2Who would you change out of this combined XI?Credit: The Sun Italy now face a home clash with North Macedonia in the Play-Off first round in March. Turkey will visit Portugal, before the winners of both of those one-legged ties battle it out for a spot at next year's World Cup. Even if one of the two powerhouses falls at the first hurdle, the draw still means that at least one of the last two European Championship winners will not be at the World Cup. Italy suffered Play-Off heartbreak four years ago when they lost to Sweden and failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. Meanwhile Portugal have featured at every major championship since missing out on...
    SCOTLAND and Wales are on course to face one another in a mouth-watering World Cup play-off final. The Home Nations were drawn in Path A in Friday night's draw in Zurich. 1The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar next winterCredit: EPA And they'll duke it out for a place in the winter tournament if they win their respective clashes with Ukraine and Austria. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in SportLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rangnick deal reached on interim basis, Pochettino permanent manager BOOSTNICK OF TIME Meet Ralf Rangnick, the man tipped to save Man Utd who inspired Klopp & TuchelVideoTHE KING COMMANDS Watch NBA legend LeBron James get two fans KICKED OUT during Lakers clash'GONNA BLEED' Ex-UFC star Perry shockingly claims 'somebody might die' on Triad Combat cardSLOPE TRAGEDY A look into snowboard star Marko Grilc's cause of deathFOWL BALL A look at the NFL schedule on Thanksgiving Day BLACK FRIDAY BETTING OFFERS: BEST SIGN UP DEALS AND FREE BETS Qatar 2022 World Cup will be a £140BILLION spectacular like no other tournament before it
    AFTER a streamlined qualifying campaign this year, a number of countries have already booked their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Gareth Southgate's England can already look forward to being at the first ever winter edition of the tournament, which gets underway on November 21 next year. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS 1Ronaldo and Portugal head into the play-offs after Serbia stunned them in LisbonCredit: AFP For teams who finished second in European qualifying groups though, they now face the tough task of going through the play-offs to guarantee their place in the Finals. When is World Cup play-off draw? The draw for the play-off stage will be held at Fifa HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. It will take place on Friday, November 26. Things get underway at 4pm GMT. To follow all the ties as they are drawn, join us here on SunSport where we will be running a live blog. Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on? As yet, a TV channel for the draw...
    ARGENTINA take on Brazil tonight in one of the world's biggest international derbies. The match comes just two months after the return fixture in Brazil was bizarrely abandoned after an intervention from the Brazilian health authorities. 2Lionel Messi is looking to take the scalp of arch rivals Brazil for a second time this year.Credit: EPA 2Neymar will play no part in this match, but fortunately for him Brazil have already qualified for the World CupCredit: Getty Brazilian officials stormed onto the pitch as a result of four Argentine Premier League players - Giovani Lo Celso, Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Emi Buendia - entering the country without their permission. Fifa have yet to come to a decision on whether that match will be re-arranged or awarded to one of the two teams. Argentina are looking to join their fierce rivals at the World Cup in Qatar, with Brazil having qualified by beating Colombia 1-0 last week. A victory would also move the Argentines to within three points of the Selecao and keep them in with a chance of picking up...
    WALES face a huge clash with Belgium tonight as they look to secure a home World Cup qualifying play-off. The Dragons need a draw to secure second place in Group E, which would leave them with the best possible chance of making it to Qatar. 2Gareth Bale made his 100th Wales appearance on Saturday but is not in the squad for this oneCredit: PA 2Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard will hope to keep his place in the Belgium teamCredit: Alamy Should they lose, Czech Republic would move into second place with a two-goal victory at home to Estonia. That would mean Wales would still enter the World Cup play-off as a result of topping their Nations League group, but they would face an away semi-final, potentially against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal or European Champions Italy. What time does Wales vs Belgium kick off? Wales take on Belgium on Tuesday, November 16. The match kicks off at 7.45pm UK time - 8.45pm in Belgium. It takes place at the Cardiff City Stadium. The teams last met back in March, when...
    AFTER a streamlined qualifying campaign this year, a number of nations have already booked their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Gareth Southgate's England can already look forward to being at the first ever winter edition of the tournament, which gets underway on November 21 next year. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS 1Ronaldo and Portugal head into the play-offs after Serbia stunned them in LisbonCredit: AFP For teams who finished second in European qualifying groups though, they now face the tough task of going through the play-offs to guarantee their place in the Finals. When is World Cup play-off draw? The draw for the play-off stage will be held at Fifa HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. It will take place on Friday, November 26. Things get underway at 4pm GMT. To follow all the ties as they are drawn, join us here on SunSport where we will be running a live blog. Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on? As yet, a TV channel for the draw...
    WALES face a huge clash with Belgium tonight as they look to secure a home World Cup qualifying play-off. The Dragons need a draw to secure second place in Group E, which would leave them with the best possible chance of making it to Qatar. 2Gareth Bale made his 100th Wales appearance on SaturdayCredit: PA 2Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard will hope to keep his place in the Belgium teamCredit: Alamy Should they lose, Czech Republic would move into second place with a two-goal victory at home to Estonia. That would mean Wales would still enter the World Cup play-off as a result of topping their Nations League group, but they would face an away semi-final, potentially against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. What time does Wales vs Belgium kick off? Wales take on Belgium on Tuesday, November 16. The match kicks off at 7.45pm UK time - 8.45pm in Belgium. It takes place at the Cardiff City Stadium. The teams last met back in March, when Belgium ran out 3-1 winners in Leuven. What TV channel is Wales...
    ARGENTINA take on Brazil tonight in one of the world's biggest international derbies. The match comes just two months after the return fixture in Brazil was bizarrely abandoned after an intervention from the Brazilian health authorities. 2Lionel Messi is looking to take the scalp of arch rivals Brazil for a second time this year.Credit: EPA 2Neymar and Brazil are set to continue their record of qualifying for every single World CupCredit: Getty Brazilian officials stormed onto the pitch as a result of four Argentine Premier League players - Giovani Lo Celso, Emiliano Martinez, Cristian Romero and Emi Buendia - entering the country without their permission. Fifa have yet to come to a decision on whether that match will be re-arranged or awarded to one of the two teams. Argentina are looking to join their fierce rivals at the World Cup in Qatar, with Brazil having qualified by beating Colombia 1-0 last week. A victory would also move the Argentines to within three points of the Selecao and keep them in with a chance of picking up a morale-boosting first place...
    LIVERPOOL have been dealt yet another injury blow ahead of Saturday's clash against Arsenal after Andy Robertson limped off in Scotland's 2-0 win over Denmark. The 27-year-old started in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park as Steve Clarke's side recorded their sixth consecutive victory. 2Andy Robertson picked up a knock in Scotland's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against DenmarkCredit: Reuters 2Liverpool left-back Robertson is now a major doubt to face Arsenal at Anfield on SaturdayCredit: EPA But he was withdrawn from play late on after hitting the deck with a suspected hamstring injury in the 79th minute. He hobbled off the pitch alongside Scotland physios where he was replaced by Scott McKenna. The Merseyside outfit will now sweat over the fitness of the ex-Hull defender, who could be forced to start Greek ace Konstantinos Tsimikas against the Gunners. Jurgen Klopp's side are looking to avoid back-to-back defeats in the Premier League after losing 3-2 against West Ham. And they could be leapfrogged in the table by Arsenal should Mikel Arteta's men win at Anfield for the first time since...
    EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS Italy face a nervous nightmare World Cup play-off after failing to qualify automatically for Qatar 2022. Four years on from their darkest moment, it could be about to happen again for the Azzurri. 2Italy are facing a nervy World Cup play-off to try and seal their place in QatarCredit: Reuters 2Roberto Mancini's side were held by Northern Ireland to a goalless drawCredit: Getty Italy were held to 0-0 at Northern Ireland in their final World Cup qualifier tonight as Switzerland beat Bulgaria 4-0 to clinch top spot in Group C and a place in next year’s tournament. That means it’s the playoffs again - the same stage they lost to Sweden in 2017 and failed to qualify for the last World Cup. A revival had been seen under Roberto Mancini, who led the Azzurri to the Euro 2020 trophy in July, but they could miss out again on soccer's premier tournament. Fifa will make the playoffs draw on November 26 in Zurich and teams will need to advance past two opponents to reach the World Cup. Runners-up with...
    WALES face a huge clash with Belgium as they look to secure a home World Cup qualifying play-off. The Dragons need a draw to secure second place in Group E, which would leave them with the best possible chance of making it to Qatar. 2Gareth Bale made his 100th Wales appearance on SaturdayCredit: PA 2Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard will hope to keep his place in the Belgium teamCredit: Alamy Should they lose, Czech Republic would move into second place with a two-goal victory at home to Estonia. That would mean Wales would still enter the World Cup play-off as a result of topping their Nations League group, but they would face an away semi-final, potentially against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. What time does Wales vs Belgium kick off? Wales take on Belgium on Tuesday, November 16. The match kicks off at 7.45pm UK time - 8.45pm in Belgium. It takes place at the Cardiff City Stadium. The teams last met back in March, when Belgium ran out 3-1 winners in Leuven. What TV channel is Wales vs...
    ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has been BANNED from the first leg of Sweden's World Cup play-off clash after viciously flooring Cesar Azpilicueta during their defeat to Spain on Sunday. Luis Enrique's side scored a late winner to book their spot at the 2022 tournament in Qatar and leave the Swedes facing the lottery of the play-offs. A 2 minuti dalla fine Ibrahimovic che era entrato solo 15 minuti prima si macchia di un inutile colpo alle spalle di Azpilicueta e la scampa nel mancato intervento del Var pic.twitter.com/QD7pq7bmi1— m (@saulniggez) November 15, 2021 4Zlatan rammed into the back of Cesar 4Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Cesar Azpilicueta writhing in a heapCredit: AFP 4Despite TV cameras not picking it up, Ibrahimovic was booked for the shove, according to Uefa's official websiteCredit: Uefa With the score level at 0-0 in the 73rd minute, Swedish boss Janne Andersson chucked on Ibrahimovic - knowing that just one goal would see his side leapfrog Spain into top spot. But the 40-year-old failed to have the sort of impact he'd have hoped for - with his most memorable contribution coming...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO fought back TEARS after Serbia scored a dramatic late winner to dump Portugal into a World Cup play-off. The Euro 2016 winners were stunned by Serbia in Lisbon as the visitors came back from behind to win 2-1 to finish top of Group A and seal their place in Qatar next year. SCENES! ????Aleksandar Mitrović scored an injury-time winner as Serbia leapfrogged Portugal to seal their place at the 2022 World Cup! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/EOod5NCYAR— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 14, 2021 7Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, fights back tears with Portugal now needing a play-off to reach the World Cup next yearCredit: EPA 7Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure with Portugal only needing a draw to qualifyCredit: Getty 7Serbia centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a dramatic winner in the 2-1 win against PortugalCredit: Reuters 7Serbia's Nemanja Radonjic consolses the Man Utd star as he sits on the pitchCredit: Getty Manchester United star Ronaldo, 36, was reduced to tears after the full-time whistle with his chances of playing in a fifth World Cup now in major jeopardy. Fernando Santos' side went into Sunday...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO is in danger of missing out on what could be his last World Cup after Portugal dropped into the play-offs. The Euro 2016 winners were stunned by Serbia in Lisbon as the visitors came back from behind to win 2-1 to finish top of Group A and seal their place in Qatar next year. 2Serbia centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a dramatic winner in the 2-1 win against PortugalCredit: Reuters 2Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates must now win in their play-offs to secure their World Cup spotCredit: AFP Fernando Santos' side went into Sunday night's match needing only a point to qualify, but fell to a dramatic stoppage time goal from Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Portugal got off to the perfect start at the Estadio da Luz after Renato Sanches broke the deadlock in the second minute. But Serbia equalised just after the half-hour mark through Dusan Tadic after his deflected effort squirmed through the hands of Rui Patricio. And Mitrovic sparked wild scenes in the 90th minute after he nodded home Tadic's corner. More to follow... ⚽...
    ROBERT PAGE says he is in the dark over whether he will be in charge of Wales for March’s World Cup play-off. The Dragons have guaranteed an away semi-final spot thanks to their Nations League finish after Spain beat Greece 1-0 on Thursday. 2Wales interim manager Robert Page doesn't know if he will be in charge for the World Cup play-offsCredit: AFP 2Robert Page led Wales to an away semi-final spot thanks to their Nations League finishCredit: Reuters Wales boss Page, set to manage his country for the 18th time in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Belarus, has been in interim charge since Ryan Giggs was arrested last November. Giggs faces trial in Manchester starting on January 24, 2022 accused of deliberately headbutting his ex-girlfriend and controlling her throughout their relationship. The former Manchester United and Wales star denies all the allegations. Page said of the uncertainty over who will lead Wales in March: “I just take every game as it comes. "I have been told I am in charge and until someone tells me otherwise I will be...
    SCOTLAND booked their place in the World Cup play-offs - and Steve Clarke immediately set his sights on a seeded spot. Nathan Patterson and Che Adams scored in Moldova to put the Tartan Army within just two games of Qatar 2022. 3Scotland booked their place in the World Cup play-offsCredit: Rex But Clarke’s side can improve their chances of a first World Cup finals in 24 years by avoiding defeat to Denmark at Hampden on Monday night. And the gaffer said: “It’s an important game for us. We can hopefully secure a seeding for the play-offs, which would be nice. “It won’t be a disaster if we don’t get it because we are still going to have to deal with two difficult matches whether you are seeded or not. But we want to finish the campaign on a high. “It’s been a good campaign for us but we want to finish on a high in front of a full house at Hampden against a very, very good Denmark team. “It’s a measure of a good group of players who want...
    ENGLAND host Albania as they close in on a World Cup 2022 spot. The Three Lions will be guaranteed of advancing to Qatar with four points in their next two games - although they can secure progression on Friday night with a win over Albania and if Poland fail to beat Andorra. 2Arsenal No 10 Emile Smith Rowe is set to make his debut And they will be boosted at Wembley by the debut of Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe, 21. Smith Rowe has carried his fine form into this season, scoring five goals for the Gunners. The playmaker revealed how he reacted to the call from Gareth Southgate telling him the news of his call up. Smith Rowe said: "It was a great moment for me and my family - I ran downstairs straight away and told my mum. JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply) "It was very emotional. They were so proud of me." Smith Rowe admitted he was 'really nervous' ahead of his first Three...
    BRAZIL take on Venezuela on Friday night in what should be a rather straightforward affair on their way to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Five-time winners of the prestigious competition, it would be unheard of to see Brazil fair to qualify for the World Cup. Brazil are top of the 10-team group on six points with Argentina in second place. Opponents Venezuela, however, are sat in ninth position. A win over the South American minnows would keep them firmly in the top spot ahead of their big clash with Uruguay next week. 2Gabriel Jesus could play a part for Brazil on Friday. Credit: Reuters What time is kick-off? Brazil vs Venezuela will get under way at 12.30am on Friday, November 13 - a late one for fans attempting to watch in the UK. The game will take place at Estadio do Morumbi, in Sao Paulo. Most read in FootballVideoMONSTROSI-TEEWatch giant alligator stroll through Valencia golf course in FloridaLOVE STOREYWho is Lee Westwood's girlfriend Helen Storey & has she caddied for him before?BROTHERLY...
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