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Group A matches with Qatar

Asian champions Qatar will join Group A to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar celebrate their 2019 Asian Cup triumph
Qatar celebrate their 2019 Asian Cup triumph Getty Images

UEFA has invited the Qatar national team – the reigning champions of Asia – to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar will join 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.

Group A fixtures, including Qatar

Wednesday 24 March: Portugal vs Azerbaijan, Serbia vs Republic of Ireland, Qatar vs Luxembourg
Saturday 27 March: Republic of Ireland vs Luxembourg, Serbia vs Portugal, Qatar vs Azerbaijan
Tuesday 30 March: Azerbaijan vs Serbia, Luxembourg vs Portugal, Republic of Ireland vs Qatar
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, Qatar vs Republic of Ireland
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