Portugal is in a precarious situation after losing its final UEFA World Cup qualifying match on Sunday against Serbia.
The stakes for Cristiano Ronaldo and company were quite simple. Win or draw the match and they would’ve qualified for Qatar next November. A loss for the Portuguese means they'll have to fight through the UEFA playoffs in order to have a shot at securing its place at the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the same can be said for the defending Euro 2020 champions, Italy. The Azzurri fell short in their group finale against Northern Ireland with a 0-0 draw and they will now join Portugal and 10 other teams.
With UEFA having the largest representation at the World Cup -- with 13 nations being sent -- the European confederation will have 10 automatically qualified countries finalized by Tuesday afternoon.
Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Spain, England and Switzerland have all earned their place at the 2022 World Cup, while one spot will be claimed on Tuesday.
Here’s a look at how the UEFA playoffs are set up and some important information about the last-ditch effort of 12 nations to qualify for next winter’s World Cup.