Asian champions Qatar are part of Group A in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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UEFA invited the Qatar national team – the reigning champions of Asia – to participate in the European Qualifiers as part of their preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which Qatar will host.
Qatar accordingly joined Group A along with Portugal, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan; they are playing their 'home' matches in Europe in order to facilitate short travel times for their opponents. As the next World Cup host nation, Qatar are automatically in the tournament, so their results in Group A will not count towards qualification.
Below is the full calendar of matches for Group A resulting from UEFA's invitation.
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 2-1 Azerbaijan, Portugal 2-1 Republic of Ireland, Qatar 0-4 Serbia
Saturday 4 September: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Azerbaijan, Serbia 4-1 Luxembourg, Qatar 1-3 Portugal
Tuesday 7 September: Azerbaijan 0-3 Portugal, Republic of Ireland 1-1 Serbia, Luxembourg 1-1 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