Italy and Portugal might meet within the play-off closing for a spot within the 2022 World Cup.
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci welcomes the prospect of dealing with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal within the World Cup play-offs.
The 34-year-old performed alongside Ronaldo at Juventus for 3 seasons, and he claims the Portugal captain ‘is aware of he’ll endure blows’ if he crosses paths with Italy.
“I heard Cristiano Ronaldo, and we joked concerning the potential Portugal vs Italy match,” Bonucci informed Rai Sport.
“We’ll see what occurs on the pitch, Cristiano is aware of he’ll endure some blows.”
Might Italy and Portugal meet?
The 2 European heavyweights’ hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup relaxation on the end result of the play-offs in March, having did not win their respective teams within the qualifiers.
If Italy and Portugal can beat North Macedonia and Turkey respectively within the play-off semi-finals, they’ll meet within the closing on March 29. Whoever wins, books a ticket to Qatar.
Bonucci added: “We’ve to focus on what we’ll do on the pitch, then in March we’ll meet once more and I’m satisfied that we are going to play two nice matches.”
The 2022 World Cup World Cup European Play-Off draw:
◉ Path A
🏴 Scotland vs. Ukraine 🇺🇦
🏴 Wales vs. Austria
◉ Path B
🇷🇺 Russia vs. Poland 🇵🇱
🇸🇪 Sweden vs. Czech Republic 🇨🇿
◉ Path C
🇮🇹 Italy vs. North Macedonia 🇲🇰
🇵🇹 Portugal vs. Turkey 🇹🇷#2022WorldCup
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