The Spanish team faces its last two matches in the qualifying phase for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. La Roja still does not have its ticket for the World Cup that will be played next year and these two matches that remain to be played in the group B seem very important to achieve it.
At the head of group B is Sweden, with 15 points . Spain follows with two points less and then there is Greece, which having 9, its options to qualify are very remote. It should be remembered that the first of each group directly accesses the World Cup and that all the seconds will have to play a playoff.
The accounts of Spain
So that Spainto qualify for the World Cup directly should win both commitments . The first, this Thursday against Greece at the Olympic Stadium in Athens; the second, at La Cartuja, will be against Sweden on Sunday , in the last day of group B.
If they win Thursday’s match and the Swedes do the same against Georgia, the last match of the group will have a final aroma , since both teams would arrive at the top of the standings with a difference of two points between the Swedes and the Spaniards.
If Spain draw or lose on Thursday and Sweden beat Georgia, mathematically they could not finish qualifying in first place ., since the Swedish team would move away to four or five points with three to play. The Selection could even be in third position if it also falls on the last day and Greece beats Kosovo.
The last games that Spain has played against the next two rivals should serve the selection not to be overconfident. In the first leg of the qualifying phase, Luis Enrique’s men drew 1-1 against Greece on the first day of group B, on March 25. Against Sweden, the national team lost 2-1 . Also in the European Championship both teams met, leaving zero to zero on the opening day of the group.
The play-off is already assured
Being runner-up in the UEFA Nations League,The Spanish team already has its pass to dispute the playoffs in the event that it is third in the group. This playoff will be played by 12 teams and they will have to overcome two rounds in a single match and in a neutral field to access the World Cup. Only three of them will get the ticket for Qatar.
Some teams that today can mathematically finish second in the group and fall into the playoffs are Italy, Portugal, Croatia or Poland.