Anthony Lopopolo

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Time to place the calculator away.

UEFA lastly discovered on Tuesday which eight group runners-up will take part in subsequent month’s play-off spherical, with Switzerland, Sweden, and Greece claiming the ultimate three spots.

The Swiss needed to accept a play-off berth after a 2-zero defeat to Portugal, whereas Sweden and Greece prevented any final-minute slipups.

Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Eire, and the Republic of Eire had already booked their play-off locations. Slovakia, whose possibilities have been hanging by a thread, missed the reduce because the worst of the runners-up.

# Group GP Pts GD GF
1 Switzerland eight 21 +12 18
2 Italy eight 17 +four 12
three Denmark eight 14 +7 thirteen
four Croatia eight 14 +four eight
5 Sweden eight thirteen +9 18
6 Northern Eire eight thirteen +four 10
7 Greece eight thirteen +four 9
eight Republic of Eire eight thirteen +2 7
9 Slovakia eight 12 +5 eleven

Heading into the ultimate slate of qualifiers, Sweden was all however assured a berth. Though the Netherlands defeated its Scandinavian counterpart 2-zero, solely a win by a seven-objective margin would’ve eradicated the Swedes from rivalry.

Greece’s job was simply as simple. Understanding something however a loss at residence to lowly Gibraltar can be sufficient, the Greeks produced an emphatic four-zero victory in Piraeus to increase their World Cup hopes.

All eyes will now concentrate on the play-off draw on Oct. 17, with 4 of the eight sides to be seeded based mostly on subsequent Monday’s FIFA rankings. Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, and Denmark are anticipated to be positioned in Pot 1 and the remaining groups in Pot 2.

For instance, Switzerland might face Greece, Italy might meet Northern Eire, Croatia might encounter Republic of Eire, and Denmark might come up towards Sweden.

Eire and Northern Eire are more likely to keep away from one another.

(Courtesy: Dale Johnson of ESPN FC)

The primary leg will happen someday between Nov. 9 and eleven, with the reverse fixtures slated for Nov. 12-14. The draw may even decide which group performs at house first.