AP source: Qatar in Euro World Cup qualifying for friendlies

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Qatar will gain more match experience ahead of hosting the World Cup by joining the qualifying group featuring European champion Portugal to play friendlies

Opponents in Group A include Serbia, Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. Qatar is joining the only five-team qualifying group not featuring the UEFA Nations League finalists, while the other groups in Europe contain six sides.

Qatar receives an automatic berth as host.

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