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What Wales’ 0-0 draw with Estonia means for their World Cup qualification chances

Wales remain firmly in the hunt to qualify for the 2022 World Cup despite failing to beat Estonia at Cardiff City Stadium.

Rob Page’s men created numerous chances but failed to bulge the net as the game ended goalless in the Welsh capital.

Here’s the full state of play as far as Wales’ hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup are concerned.

How Group E now looks

1 Belgium – Pld: 6; GD: +17; Pts: 16

2 Czech Republic – Pld: 5; GD: +1; Pts: 7

3 Wales – Pld: 4; GD: 0; Pts: 7

4 Belarus – Pld: 5; GD: -9; Pts: 3

5 Estonia – Pld: 4; GD: -9; Pts: 1

What’s needed to qualify for the World Cup?

Belgium remain in pole position to clinch top spot in Group E having claimed 16 of the 18 points on offer so far.

Wales are currently third having earned seven points from their first four fixtures. They are level on points with Czech Republic, although they do have a game in hand.

Each of the sides who top the 10 groups in the European section of qualifying will all automatically book their place in Qatar.

The 10 second placed sides will enter the play-offs. They will be joined by the best two Nations League group winners who finish outside the top two in their groups.

This scenario could see Wales reach the play-offs even if they don’t finish in the top two of Group E given that they won their Nations League group last year.

Rob Page’s men are in a strong position to claim a play-off spot at the very least.

If three of France, Belgium, Italy or Spain finish in the top two of their qualifying groups then Wales will be guaranteed a play-off place.

All four of those sides are currently leading their groups, so, as things stand, Wales will be in next year’s play-offs.

When are the play-offs and how do they work?

The 12 teams will be drawn into three play-off paths, with the winner of each path earning a spot at the next World Cup.

The winner of both one-legged semi-finals in each path will face off in a final to determine the path winner.

The six best ranked runners-up will earn home semi-final ties. The hosts for the three finals will be determined by a draw.

The play-offs run from March 24 to March 29 next year.

The World Cup in Qatar takes place between November 21 and December 18 in 2022.

Wales’ remaining World Cup qualifiers

Czech Republic (A) – Friday, October 8 (7:45pm)

Estonia (A) – Monday, October 11 (7:45pm)

Belarus (H) – Wednesday, November 13 (7:45pm)

Belgium (H) – Saturday, November 16 (7:45pm)

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