UEFA playoffs finals schedule: Italy’s World Cup hopes were dashed in stunning fashion as they fell to North Macedonia in the UEFA playoffs. Portugal and Wales, on the other hand, survived scares to make it through to the finals.
UEFA’s playoff system for World Cup qualification is a thrilling and unpredictable way to decide which teams will make it to the biggest stage in soccer. With so much on the line, the games always deliver.
This year’s UEFA playoffs were no different. Italy, one of Europe’s powerhouses, was sent packing early on. North Macedonia, a nation of just 2 million people, took down the heavily favored Italians in front of their home fans.
In the other UEFA playoff games, Portugal and Wales both had their moments of concern but ultimately prevailed. Portugal will face off against North Macedonia in the UEFA playoff final, while Wales will take on either Scotland or Ukraine.
The UEFA playoffs are always full of drama and this year was no different. With Italy out of the picture, it will be interesting to see who emerges from the UEFA playoffs to qualify for the World Cup.
UEFA playoffs finals schedule
Tuesday 29 March
Poland vs Sweden (20:45 CET) Path B
Portugal vs North Macedonia (20:45 CET) Path C
Postponed, date TBC
Path A: Wales vs Scotland / Ukraine