The Last Three Seats for the World Cup


So, after Wales beat Ukraine 1-0 in a Cardiff monsoon, Yr Draig Goch (the red dragon) will flutter at the World Cup finals in Qatar this winter.

Barring injury or suspension, Gareth Bale, one of the world's best players of his generation, will now not join the unlucky list of soccer stars who never played at the World Cup such as Alfredo di Stefano, George Best, George Weah and Eric Cantona.

Now Wales have made the World Cup finals, they can look forward to three matches in the 40,000 capacity Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan. 

Qatar World Cup.
Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

Delighted at their first World Cup finals since 1958, the dragons will relish a British derby with England, who beat them 2-1 at Euro 2016 and will fancy their chances against the USA and Iran.

Should they finish in the top two, the Welsh would play one of Qatar, Senegal, Ecuador, and the Netherlands in the second round.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 B

  • Wales v USA  21/11/22  19:00  Al-Rayyan
  • Wales v Iran   25/11/22   10:00  Al-Rayyan
  • Wales v England 29/11/22 19:00  Al-Rayyan

Wales are the final European qualifier for Qatar, but there are still two places for Qatar up for grabs with teams from four confederations in the mix. 

The first match in the repechage will be the AFC 4th Round eliminator between Australia and the U.A.E. on Tuesday. The winner of that match will play Peru, who finished fifth in South America, for the first final place in Qatar, on Monday week.

The following night sees the fourth-placed CONCACAF team, Costa Rica, against Oceania winners New Zealand for the 32nd and final place at the World Cup.

AFC 4th Round
Australia v United Arab Emirates  07/06/22 18:00 Al-Rayyan

Qualifier 31 - AFC v CONMEBOL Playoff

AFC 4th Round Winner v Peru  13/06/22 18:00 Al-Rayyan

Qualifier 32 - CONCACAF v OFC Playoff

Costa Rica v New Zealand  14/06/22  18:00 Al-Rayyan

(Kick-off times GMT)

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

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