World Cup 2022 European Qualifiers: Who has qualified for Qatar? Group tables, standings, fixtures
World Cup 2022 European Qualifiers: Who has qualified for Qatar? Group tables, standings, fixtures:The road to Qatar 2022 for European nations is up and running with UEFA’s 55 member associations halfway through their qualifying campaigns to reach the finals next year.
Here, we run through the state of play in each of the 10 groups as the tables start to take shape and provide the lowdown on the qualification process and key dates.
The group winners will automatically qualify for Qatar 2022 and this page will be updated as countries book their place at next year’s showpiece tournament.
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, Bosnia & 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
Portugal have gone into top spot in the group after victory in Azerbaijan, moving two points ahead of Serbia, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Republic of Ireland on Tuesday
Third-placed Luxembourg have been punching above their weight in this group but they now find themselves seven points behind leaders Portugal, albeit with a game in hand. However, Serbia remain in their sights with the gap between third and second just five points.
It has not been the best of qualifying campaigns so far for Republic of Ireland, but the draw with Serbia gives them a boost heading into the final games of the campaign.
Spain leapfrogged Sweden atop Group B by one point with a 4-0 win over Georgia on Sunday – but the Scandinavians have two games in hand and will look to maintain pressure when they face Greece on Wednesday.
Janne Andersson’s side will be hoping the Spaniards suffer a shock result against Kosovo, who have averaged one point per game and rank third – having only made their debut for tournament qualification during World Cup 2018.
Group C has opened up after runners-up Switzerland held group-leaders Italy to a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
The Azzurri now top the table by four points but have played two games more than the Swiss, who have the opportunity to narrow the gap when they face Northern Ireland on Wednesday.
France have been struggling to find their groove in this campaign but a crucial win over Finland on Tuesday sees them open up a seven-point lead at the top of the group.
Didier Deschamps’ side now have three wins and three draws from six games in Group D.
All is not lost for Ukraine and Finland, though, with both sides having games in hand on France as they look to close the gap to the top.
Belgium top the FIFA world rankings and are pulling clear in Group E with 13 points from four wins and a draw in five games – five points clear of the Czech Republic, who do not play again until October.
Roberto Martinez’s side could increase their lead to eight points when they come up against Belarus on Wednesday – who held on until the final minutes in the 3-2 defeat against Wales on Sunday
Denmark have continued where they left off at Euro 2020, and they kept their perfect record during World Cup qualifying intact with a sixth straight win, beating Israel 5-0. They are now just two wins from securing top spot in the group and a place at the World Cup finals.
Scotland (11 points), Israel (10 points), and Austria (seven points) form the chasing pack, but Steve Clarke’s side’s impressive 1-0 win in Vienna puts them in pole position for the runners-up spot in the group with a game against Israel at Hampden Park up next in October
Group G is proving too tight to call with six games played. Netherlands (13 points) lead the pack on goal difference after their 6-1 win over Turkey, while Norway (also 13 points), produced a big 5-1 win of their own against Gibraltar to keep pace with the Dutch.
Turkey’s big defeat was a blow to their chances, but they remain firmly in the hunt on 11 points, while Montenegro’s 0-0 draw with Latvia leaves them with plenty to do to make up the ground on the leaders.