Asian champions Qatar are part of Group A to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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UEFA has invited the Qatar national team – the reigning champions of Asia – to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar have joined Group A along with Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan and will play their 'home' matches in Europe in order to allow short travel times for their opponents. As the next World Cup host nation, Qatar are automatically in the tournament, meaning any of their results will not count towards qualification.
Below is the full calendar of matches for Group A that results from this.
Wednesday 24 March: Portugal 1-0 Azerbaijan, Serbia 3-2 Republic of Ireland, Qatar 1-0 Luxembourg
Saturday 27 March: Republic of Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg, Serbia 2-2 Portugal, Qatar 2-1 Azerbaijan
Tuesday 30 March: Azerbaijan 1-2 Serbia, Luxembourg 1-3 Portugal, Qatar 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Wednesday 1 September: Luxembourg vs Azerbaijan, Portugal vs Republic of Ireland, Qatar vs Serbia
Saturday 4 September: Republic of Ireland vs Azerbaijan, Serbia vs Luxembourg, Qatar vs Portugal
Tuesday 7 September: Azerbaijan vs Portugal, Republic of Ireland vs Serbia, Luxembourg vs Qatar
Saturday 9 October: Azerbaijan vs Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg vs Serbia, Portugal vs Qatar
Tuesday 21 October: Portugal vs Luxembourg, Serbia vs Azerbaijan, Republic of Ireland vs Qatar
Thursday 11 November: Azerbaijan vs Luxembourg, Republic of Ireland vs Portugal, Serbia vs Qatar
Sunday 14 November: Luxembourg vs Republic of Ireland, Portugal vs Serbia, Azerbaijan vs Qatar