Who qualified and who is still in contention?

World Cup qualifying has entered its home stretch, with 19 of the 32 finalists now known.

But who could take the remaining 13 places? We take a closer look.

– 2022 World Cup qualifying: How it works around the world

Europe

Qualified (10/13):
Germany
Denmark
Belgium
France
Croatia
Spain
Serbia
England
Switzerland
Netherlands

– Olley: England still under construction

Still in contention

The final three spots will be decided by playoffs. Two of the finals will take place on Tuesday. The winners will qualify for the World Cup.

Elimination finals:
Poland vs Sweden
Portugal v North Macedonia

– Ogden: “Portugal is more than Ronaldo”

The outstanding playoff run was postponed due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It should take place in June.

Playoff Path A Semi-Final:
Scotland v Ukraine

The winners of the semi-final will travel to Wales in the final for a place at the World Cup.

South America

Qualified (4/4):
Brazil
Argentina
Ecuador
Uruguay

Still in the running:
Peru
Colombia
Chile

Vickery: Tense battle to seal playoff berth

All four automatic berths have been confirmed in South America, leaving only the Intercontinental Qualifiers berth to play for. The final round of matches will take place on Tuesday, with the team that finishes fifth in the group taking on the winners of the Asian playoff path for a World Cup berth.

CONCACAF

No team has yet qualified in this region, which has three automatic places.

Still in the running:
Canada
United States
Mexico
Costa Rica
Panama

– How USA, Mexico and Canada can qualify
– Bonagura: Will USA have enough to beat Panama

There are two qualifying rounds to play, Sunday and Wednesday. The top three qualify automatically, with the fourth-placed team playing the winners from the Oceania region to compete in the World Cup.

Africa

The five places in Africa are decided by two-legged playoffs, with the return matches taking place on Tuesday. The first leg scores from all five fixtures are as follows, with the winners advancing to the World Cup.

Cameroon 0-1 Algeria
DR Congo 1-1 Morocco
Egypt 1-0 Senegal
Ghana 0-0 Nigeria
Mali 0-1 Tunisia

Asia

Qualified (5/5):
Qatar (as host)
IR Iran
South Korea
Saudi Arabia
Japan

Still in the running:
Australia
United Arab Emirates
Iraq
Lebanon

Two teams will face off in the confederation playoff final. Australia secured their spot, with the other spot up for grabs on Tuesday. The United Arab Emirates will win if they win at home against South Korea. If they don’t win, Iraq is in the best position to overtake them by beating Syria.

Oceania

The winners of the Oceania region will face a CONCACAF team for a place in the World Cup final. Qualifying is in the semi-final stage, with matches to be played on Sunday and the final to follow on Wednesday.

The Solomon Islands won the first semi-final and will face winners New Zealand against Tahiti for a place in the intercontinental playoffs.

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