The defeat of Spain last Thursday leaves them two points behind the leadership of the group and with one more match than their rival, Sweden. Luis Enrique’s team no longer depends on himself to finish as first, as it would need the Nordic team not to win any of their other qualifying games, and also to beat them in their direct confrontation in November. Only in this way, they could directly access the World Cup, since only the first of each group qualify directly in Europe.
But if they do not succeed, Spain would have two more opportunities to qualify for the top national team tournament to be played in Qatar in 2022. Although the two options would go through the repechage in a life or death tie.
First, remaining as second in the group, Spain would have the opportunity to go to the playoffs and there face the rest of the European teams that finish second in the group. Luis Enrique’s selection is currently second with 7 points, and although his competitors have 3 and 2 points respectively, Spain has one more game, so they cannot relax and will have to go for all in the other matches or they could run out of it. second place.
In case of not finishing in second position, Spain would have one last bullet left in the chamber to go to the World Cup play-offs. This opportunity would happen to win the Nations League, to which Spain reached the final phase, and where it will have to face Italy in the first round and in the hypothetical final against Belgium or France. Even so, if he did not win, he could go to the play-off, if the rest of the teams with which he has been framed, qualified for the World Cup, so there would be a gap that Spain would occupy for being in the final phase of the Nations League. As you can see, Spain has it easy to reach the repechage, although great teams such as Italy, England or France have fallen in recent years, so there is nothing guaranteed and it would be a life or death tie for Spain. who has been directly qualifying for the World Cup for more than 15 years.