Who will Scotland play in World Cup play-offs? Are Scotland seeded? When is Qatar 2022?

Scotland secured their place among the top seeds for the World Cup play-offs with a stunning 2-0 win over Denmark at Hampden.

It is a result which means the country have won their last six competitive matches for the first time since 1930 and ensures Scotland will have a home tie for the play-off semi-final in the bid to reach Qatar 2022.

How do the play-offs work?

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The six countries who have the best runners-up record from the group stage are seeded for the first play-off match. The other four runners-up, plus the two qualifiers from the Nations League, are unseeded.

Scotland players celebrate John Souttar's opener in the 2-0 win over Denmark. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
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In turn, the twelve teams will be split into three play-off paths consisting of four teams.

The seeded teams will get home ties for the semi-final and then a random draw will decide which team hosts the final.

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What does the win over Denmark mean?

The win has secured Scotland a place amongst the seeds and a home tie at a sold-out Hampden Park for the semi-final on March 24 or 25 next year.

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Who could Scotland face in the play-offs?

Their seeded status means Scotland already know they will avoid fellow top seeds Italy, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and Wales in that opening game.

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Possible opponents include Poland, North Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, Austria or Czech Republic, who are all unseeded for the play-off semi-final.

Home advantage for the unseeded play-off final ties on March 28 and 29 will be determined by the outcome of the draw which takes place at Fifa headquarters in Zurich on November 26.

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When are the play-offs?

The semi-finals will take place on March 24–25 with the finals scheduled for March 28–29.

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The three winners will join the ten group winners at the World Cup in Qatar which begins November 21.

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