It would be a straight battle between Sweden and Poland when the two teams meetin the playoff final clash scheduled to take place at the Stadion Slaski in Chorzow, Poland on Tuesday night with a place in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament at stake. This means that only one of Sweden and Poland will be at the World Cup tournament scheduled to take place later this year in Qatar.
Poland are the hosts, but Sweden can solace from the fact that they have a very good record against them. Sweden have won their last six meetings between the two countries since they lost the first meeting at the 1974 FIFA World Cup tournament in West Germany. The Swedes have a record of six wins and one defeat in seven meetings against Poland with 14 goals scored and four goals conceded. Two of the four goals conceded against Poland came at the Euro 2020 tournament last summer thanks to the brace from Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. Despite the two goals from their star man, Poland were still beaten 3-2 by Sweden.
Sweden made it to the World Cup playoffs in the European section after finishing runners-up to Spain in their qualifying group, while Poland achieved the same feat by finishing runners-up to England in their qualifying group.
Poland and Sweden were drawn in path B of the playoffs with last four clash against Russia and the Czech Republic respectively. Poland got a free pass to the playoff final after semifinal opponents Russia were thrown out of the playoffs. The Russians were disqualified from the playoffs after the invasion of Ukraine orchestrated by president Vladimir Putin. Instead of playing Russia in the playoffs, Poland warmed up for the visit of Sweden with a 1-1 draw against hosts Scotland in Glasgow on Thursday night, while Sweden needed an extra time goal from Robin Quaison to beat the Czech Republic 1-0 at home in their own playoff semifinal clash thus securing their place in the playoff final.