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Euro 2020 qualifying: Who will attain the finals?

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Euro 2020 qualifying: Who will attain the finals?

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Euro 2020 kicks off in June, and locations within the 24-team match are starting to be claimed. Here’s a have a look at the most recent qualifying permutations and situations.

— Euro 2020 qualifying: All you have to know
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— Qualifying tables | Upcoming fixtures

The highest two groups (20 in whole) in every group qualify robotically. 4 extra nations will qualify by way of playoffs, qualification for which relies on UEFA Nations League efficiency.


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Can England maintain up in opposition to higher competitors?

After a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic, the FC crew dive into England's weaknesses heading into Euro 2020.

England suffered a shock defeat on Friday within the Czech Republic, which implies they have to wait to seal their place. Victory in Bulgaria on Monday might see them over the road if Kosovo don’t beat Montenegro at residence.

Czech Republic at the moment are in a really sturdy place and may qualify with a win at residence to Kosovo on Nov. 14. Kosovo, in the meantime, know they will pip the Czechs in the event that they win their three remaining video games, which embrace a house sport in opposition to England of their last qualifier.


Ukraine's solely dropped factors up to now got here in a creditable 0-Zero draw away to Portugal. They’ll seal qualification with some extent once they host the Portuguese on Monday.

Portugal are in an excellent place to take the second qualification place, requiring a most of 5 factors with video games at residence to Lithuania and away to Luxembourg to finish their marketing campaign in November.

Serbia nonetheless have slim hope however are going to want plenty of assist. Serbia play at residence to Ukraine on the ultimate day, however they misplaced the primary assembly of the groups 5-0. Serbia should win their subsequent three video games — Luxembourg residence and away and a visit to Lithuania — and would then have to beat Ukraine (who additionally have to lose at residence to Portugal on Monday) by a larger scoreline than 5-0, as the 2 nations can be degree on factors. Their different slim hope is that Portugal take not more than 4 factors from their remaining three video games, which seems unlikely. Serbia are assured a playoff in the event that they end outdoors the highest two.


Netherlands management their future after beating Northern Eire and Belarus. Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Photographs

Netherlands had been staring the playoffs within the face, trailing at residence to Northern Eire with 9 minutes to play Thursday. However they turned it round with three late objectives and can qualify for the finals in the event that they keep away from defeat within the return match on Nov. 16 in Belfast.

Germany are degree with the Dutch on 15 factors however second on head-to-head. They’ll qualify in the event that they win at residence to Belarus subsequent time and Northern Eire lose or draw. Some extent would additionally see them to the finals if the Irish are crushed.

Northern Eire are three factors behind, however all 12 have come in opposition to the group's lesser lights. To have an opportunity of qualifying robotically, Northern Eire will probably must win at residence to Netherlands and in Germany and hope one in every of their rivals drop shock factors.

There may be an unlikely state of affairs through which all three nations end on 18 factors, which implies it might come right down to head-to-head objective distinction, as every group would have crushed one other as soon as and misplaced as soon as.


Republic of Eire drew 0-Zero in Georgia buttop the group on head-to-head report over Denmark. They go to Switzerland on Tuesday realizing a win would ship them to the finals; a draw would go away qualification in their very own fingers, requiring a victory when Denmark go to Dublin on Nov. 18.

If Eire lose to the Swiss and beat Denmark, they qualify except Switzerland draw at residence to Georgia. That state of affairs would go away all three groups on 15 factors, with the head-to-head mini-league on 5 factors every. The 1, 2, three can be selected mini-league objective distinction, with the scorelines in Switzerland-Eire and Eire-Denmark key to this. The one win between the three groups up to now was Denmark 1-Zero Switzerland on Saturday.

Denmark secured an important 1-Zero win over Switzerland on Saturday, a consequence that offers them the head-to-head benefit over the Swiss. It signifies that if Switzerland and Eire draw Tuesday, Denmark will qualify with a win over Gibraltar on Nov. 15.

Though Switzerland sit outdoors the highest two, they’re actually not out of it, and in the event that they win their last three matches in opposition to Eire, Georgia and Gibraltar, they are going to qualify. But when they lose at residence to Eire, it might successfully be over, as a Denmark win at residence to Gibraltar would remove them. A draw in opposition to the Irish retains them in it, however they would wish Denmark to then defeat in Dublin to qualify.


Croatia lead on 14 factors and can be assured qualification in the event that they a minimum of draw at residence to Slovakia on Nov. 16 — their last qualifier. Lose, and so they may be made to sweat on the ultimate evening.

Second place is held by Hungary on 12 factors, however they’ve just one match remaining, away in Wales on the ultimate day.

Slovakia sit third on 10 factors, and although they face the tough journey to Croatia, the ultimate fixture on Nov. 19 is at residence to Azerbaijan, who’ve just one level. Win each video games, and so they qualify. If Slovakia don’t win in Croatia, they are going to nonetheless be assured to qualify in the event that they beat Azerbaijan and Wales draw at residence to Hungary.

Wales have solely eight factors and should win each their matches to have an opportunity, the primary being away to Azerbaijan. They need to additionally hope Slovakia fail to win one in every of their matches. If Slovakia and Wales end degree on 14 factors, Wales will qualify on the head-to-head rule.


Conceding a late equaliser in opposition to Norway noticed Spain miss the prospect to safe qualification. Getty

Spain had been made to attend to qualify for the finals after a late penalty noticed them draw 1-1 in Norway, however they will safe it in the event that they keep away from defeat in Sweden or if Romania lose to Norway on Tuesday.

The true battle follows behind with Sweden in second, one level forward of Romania, and Norway an additional three factors behind. The 2 groups meet Nov. 15 in Bucharest, and each nonetheless must play Spain.

Sweden host Spain in midweek, and if they will pull off a victory, they need to want solely some extent in Romania on Nov. 15 (with Faroe Islands to play at residence on the ultimate day). In the event that they lose to Spain, a lot will rely on the lead to Romania vs. Norway. If Romania win, they know that victory at residence to Sweden will take them to the finals. Draw, and Romania would probably have to take factors off Spain on the ultimate day to cease Sweden. Lose, and Norway are very a lot again in competition.

Norway will in all probability must win their remaining three matches (they play Faroe Islands and Malta) and hope Sweden lose to Spain and don’t beat Romania to have the very best probability of qualifying. Norway might, nonetheless, qualify in the event that they attract Romania and Sweden lose to Spain, then Sweden are crushed by Romania, and Romania lose to Spain.


Poland's gamers have a good time after reserving their Euro 2020 spot. PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Photographs

Poland secured secure passage to the finals with a 2-Zero win over North Macedonia on Sunday.

Austria are nearly there too, 5 factors away from Slovenia and North Macedonia with two video games left to play. They’ll qualify with some extent at residence to North Macedonia on Nov. 16.

North Macedonia should win in Austria to remain in competition, then beat Israel at residence and hope Austria are crushed in Latvia (who’ve misplaced each sport). If Austria attract Latvia, North Macedonia would wish to have overturned the 4-1 head-to-head deficit with Austria of their assembly.

There's solely slim hope for Slovenia, who should win at residence to Latvia and away to Poland and hope Austria lose each their video games and North Macedonia fail to beat Israel.

Israel can’t qualify robotically and are basically assured a playoff, with the league path but to be decided.


France stay in charge of their future for a spot on the European Championship. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP by way of Getty Photographs

Turkey rescued a late 1-Zero win over Albania by way of a lucky Cenk Tosun objective to remain prime forward of France, who received 1-Zero in Iceland, on the head-to-head tiebreaker. There’s a six-point hole from the 2 nations to third-placed Iceland. Turkey might qualify with a win Monday in France however solely within the unlikely occasion of Iceland failing to win at residence to Andorra or with a draw if Iceland lose to Andorra.

France sit six factors forward of third-placed Iceland, and victory over Turkey would see them go prime of the group and clinch a spot in subsequent summer time's finals.

Iceland are usually not with out hope. They should beat Andorra on Monday and hope Turkey lose in France. If that occurs and Iceland win in Istanbul on Nov. 14, it might be certain that Iceland go into the ultimate match day realizing {that a} win in Moldova secures second place forward of Turkey on the head-to-head rule. Iceland will get a playoff in the event that they miss out.

Albania have a really small outdoors probability however can be eradicated if France win or draw at residence to Turkey on Monday. They then want France to lose at residence to Moldova of their following sport, and Albania would wish to beat Moldova and Andorra after which win at residence to France by a scoreline larger than 4-1 to overhaul the world champions on the head-to-head calculation. Albania can’t qualify in a three-way tie with France and Iceland or Turkey and Iceland.


Belgium certified for the finals on Thursday with a 9-Zero victory at residence to minnows San Marino, and Russia joined them Sunday with victory in Cyprus. Scotland will participate within the League C playoff path.


With seven wins out of seven, Italy are by way of to the finals.

The race for second is way nearer, however Finland have the higher hand, as they’ve performed Italy twice. Defeat to Bosnia on Saturday harmed their probabilities, however with residence video games in opposition to Armenia on Tuesday and Liechtenstein on Nov. 15, they might qualify earlier than heading to Greece on the ultimate day.

Bosnia and Herzegovina are again in competition, two factors behind Finland, however they have to welcome Italy on Nov. 15. Realistically, Bosnia want Finland to drop factors in a minimum of one in every of their subsequent two residence video games … or they have to get a consequence in opposition to Italy.

Armenia's attract Liechtenstein on Saturday actually broken their probabilities, and so they should win Tuesday in Finland to have hope, as their last group match is away in Italy.


The perfect-performing nations from the UEFA Nations League that don’t qualify robotically for Euro 2020 will get a playoff place. There can be 16 groups within the playoffs, with 4 from every league path. The winners of the 2 one-legged semifinals will meet within the last for a spot at Euro 2020.

The playoff system is defined in larger element right here.

The UEFA Nations League rankings are as follows. The primary 4 nations are assured a playoff, ought to they want it. If a group qualifies robotically, that place passes down the road.

Because it stands, the groups in daring would enter the playoffs. Romania can be drawn into the trail of League A as a result of, as hosts, they require a playoff path to the finals that doesn’t embrace one other host, and Scotland, as Nations League group winners, have the precise to take the League C path as a number.

There can be a draw to determine which of Bulgaria and Israel takes the remaining slot within the League C path.

League A: Portugal, Netherlands, England, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Iceland

League B: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Eire, Northern Eire

League C: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland, Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania

League D: Georgia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino

It means the playoffs might appear like this:

Switzerland vs. Bulgaria/Israel/Romania
Iceland vs. Bulgaria/Israel/Romania

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Northern Eire
Wales vs. Slovakia

Scotland vs. Bulgaria/Israel
Norway vs. Serbia

Georgia vs. Belarus
North Macedonia vs. Kosovo

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